working with different operating systems

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Nathan And Kerry, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. My computer system information shows that my operating system is Windows 7
    Home Premium. I'm wanting to access a web application but it's saying that
    my computer is showning up to be a Windows Vista Home. According to the
    requirement to access this web application I need to upgrade my operating
    system to either a Windows XP Pro or to a Windows Vista Pro.

    Is there a way to do this with my current operating system?

    Is there a way I can change my current OS to one of the required OS's?

    Or, is there a way I can run and/or install one of the required OS's while
    keeping the computer's current OS intact?

    Please if someone could let me know. I would greatly appreciate it!

    Thank you,
    Nathan And Kerry, Jul 21, 2010
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  2. What application? What do you mean by a "web application"?

    It was probably written before Windows 7, so it doesn't recognize it.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jul 21, 2010
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  3. I must say that it looks to me like you're misinterpreting the messages,
    but that's just me :)

    I say that because a Web application doesn't run on your machine...
    Yes - install the other system. You might end up losing all your work and
    documents, of course, so it might not be such a good plan.
    You can install a virtual machine such as VMware Player, which is free, and
    on that virtual machine, you can run almost any OS you like. It's just
    another program running on your machine, but to the new OS it looks like a
    real computer. Both OSes run at the same time, in fact.

    I user it to run Windows XP on this Vista box because I have a program I
    need that doesn't run under 7. It's pretty cool...

    You will need an unused licensed copy of Windows XP or whatever, just as
    you would on a dedicated hardware setup.
    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 21, 2010

  4. It's clearly a badly written/coded application, and its developer needs
    to fix it.

    Going from Windows 7 to Windows Vista or Windows XP is a downgrade.

    Well, there might be. First, you'll have to purchase the older OS of
    your choice, then format the hard drive and install it.

    If you're trying to replace Windows 7 with WinXP, you'll need to
    format the hard drive and perform a clean installation of WinXP.

    There could be a couple possible adverse repercussions of which you
    should be aware. First and foremost, if the specific computer model in
    question was designed specifically for Windows 7, there may well be no
    WinXP-specific device drivers available to make the computer's diverse
    components work properly. Consult the computer's manufacturer about the
    availability of device drivers. Secondly, removing an OEM-installed
    operating system and replacing it with another will almost invariably
    void any and all support agreements and, sometimes, even the warranty.
    You would, at the very least, have to re-install Windows 7 before
    getting any support from the manufacturer. Again, consult the
    computer's manufacturer for specifics.

    All legitimate WinXP installation CDs are bootable and have the
    capability of deleting, creating, and formatting partitions.

    Simply boot from the WinXP installation CD. You'll be offered the
    opportunity to delete, create, and format partitions as part of the
    installation process. (You may need to re-arrange the order of boot
    devices in the PC's BIOS to boot from the CD.)

    HOW TO Install Windows XP;en-us;316941

    Alternatively, you can use Windows 7 Ultimate's "WinXP Mode."

    Windows 7 WinXP Mode


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    Bruce Chambers, Jul 21, 2010
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