Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Nick Alzapiedi, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. I don't want someone to say "I have no idea if this will work but try it and
    tell me what happens." Please, someone who used some method that worked
    please tell me what to do. I am unable to reinstall XP from Vista, it won't
    let me. I can't restart my PC and boot from the CD because it's a DVD. I
    did a clean install, I have WINDOWS and Windows.old. Someone please help me
    I have no sound and my settings are gone. I know someone must've fixed
    theirs. I only have one PC so I can't remove my hard drive. I have over
    280GB of free space so I can do any partition. I have a Dell PC. So to
    anyone who has successfully done it please tell me exactly what you did I
    don't want to mess up my PC.
    Nick Alzapiedi, Jun 21, 2006
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    Tom Scales Guest


    First and foremost, back everything up. The only way to get XP back is to
    COMPLETELY wipe out your machine.

    I am guessing that you have a fairly recent Dell, which would have come with
    a restore partition. It should still be there, but inaccessible.

    Go to:


    and download and run DSRFix.

    Now when you reboot, you can select F12 or Ctrl+F11 and you will be able to
    restore your machine to factory fresh.


    Sorry for the shouting, but it sounds like you upgraded your production
    machine and that really was discouraged.

    Tom Scales, Jun 21, 2006
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    rOy cOOrne Guest

    Just look carefully through the postings in this and in the
    installation_setup newsgroup and you will find detailed answers.

    Maybe you wish to repair your capslock;-)

    rOy cOOrne, Jun 21, 2006
  4. You can't. There is no rollback and you cannot use the Vista desktop to
    install XP. I don't know why you cannot boot from the XP cd (it is not a
    dvd) but it may be that you have the cd drive in a lower boot order than
    your hard drive in your computer's setup (BIOS). Check the boot order. I
    use floppy, cd, hard drive. If you do not have an XP cd then use restore
    cd's that came with your computer or you did not get restore cd's use the
    'restore from hidden partition' function (probably F11, but check your
    docs). I have heard of that getting disabled by Vista and if so contact
    Dell for the procedure to enable it. Someone may post the fix here since I
    have seen it before in this newsgroup. Of course you can search the
    postings also. Here is one of the quotes:

    "Hi if this is a dell computer it will disable your f11 restore because it
    rewrite the master boot record please go to dell talk fourm for more info.
    this has happend to me!!"
    Colin Barnhorst, Jun 21, 2006
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    Mark Dietz Guest

    You can get XP back from the windows.old folder, it has been done, it is a very
    complicated process that can have a variety of errors that aren't really
    informative though, and they usually come at a point where going back isn't
    going to be exactly easy. It is going to be much easier to just reinstall XP
    from a restore partition or XP disk, and if you can save the windows.old folder,
    you can restore all your data/settings (but not programs).
    Mark Dietz, Jun 21, 2006
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    Todd Guest

    Did you reformat the drive or partition that Windows XP was on and install
    Vista to that, or did you create a separate partiton for Vista and install
    Vista there? If you reformatted the drive or the partition that XP was on,
    then XP is gone and you will have to do a clean install to get it back.

    You say that you can create partitions. Did you create a partition for
    Vista? If you installed Vista in it's own partition, then what you have to
    do is fix boot manager/boot.ini so that it boots to XP, and then reformat
    the partition that Vista is on.

    In any case start by creating a partion and copying all your data there.
    Don't forget your Outlook Express/Windows Mail message store. Also back up
    to DVDs, just in case.

    Todd, Jun 21, 2006
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    Conor Guest

    You need to format your PC. If you'd bothered reading THE BIG FUCKING
    Conor, Jun 21, 2006
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    2 Guest

    Too stupid for a beta OS.

    When you help someone like this they will just be back in a few more
    days with more stupid question.

    This group is being flooded with moronic questions:
    How do I get a product key
    Where do I get a driver for xyz hardware
    Won't install on my lapotop
    Won't install on my computer circa 1968
    My crappy video card won't run aero glass (the sky is falling)
    My crappy sound card doesn't work
    Can't figure out how to activate
    Will my 16 bit program from 1992 run on Vista
    How long can I use Vista Beta
    How do I dual boot
    cannot delete windows.old file

    Ignore them, children should only listen to adult conversations, not
    be incouraged to join in.
    2, Jun 22, 2006
  9. Indeed, the fact that they are asking these questions means one of two
    1) They cannot (or did not want to) read the warnings and instructions that
    came with the download.
    2) They are too computer illiterate and should not be trying a Beta OS in
    the first place.
    Ryan Spooner [Ryster], Jun 25, 2006
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    Peacepole1 Guest

    there seems to be some information here that might be useful
    and I can't remember where but I am sure I saw something
    somewhere in the l;ast couple of days of surfing about windows vista that
    refferred to being able to go back to xp from vista - although not easy.
    here's the link -

    Peacepole1, Nov 10, 2006
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