I want revert back to xp from win 7

March 8, 2013 at 06:04:30
Specs: Win 7
I hear I have to change sata configuration to enable xp to run.i have tried to get in CMOS on my hp Compaq 6710b but cannot.When I press f10 I get in into computer setup not CMOS
.please I need a solution.

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March 8, 2013 at 06:43:14
"When I press f10 I get in into computer setup not CMOS"

Watch the screen when you bootup for which key to press, something like "press F10 to enter setup". It could be F2, F10, F12, DEL, etc. Setup = BIOS.

Here's where you'll find all the XP drivers: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...

Here's how to install XP: http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

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March 8, 2013 at 06:46:49
XP has no SATA support so at system setup you need to add the HDD driver before the installation starts. This has nothing to do with BIOS configuration since it is a software issue. Anyway I disagree to revert to XP from an higher Windows release since to look backward is never good in the computer industry. Other than SATA HDD driver be sure you have on hand all drivers needed by your system under Win XP.

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March 8, 2013 at 07:36:39
The laptop originally came with XP. HP doesn't even list Win7 drivers for that model so apparently it's an older laptop. The OP didn't list the specs or why he wants to revert backwards, but it could be his laptop doesn't have enough RAM to run Win7 decently, or he may be lacking drivers, or he may just not like Win7 (I know, what's not to like?).


When Win7 was installed, was it done as an upgrade or did you wipe the HDD & do a clean install? Do you know if the HP Recovery partition was removed? If it wasn't, all you need to do is perform a recovery. I'm guessing you never created the recovery disk set so if you did wipe out the partition, will you be using retail XP disc to do the install?


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March 8, 2013 at 20:50:00
The F10 'computer setup' IS the cmos. CMOS is the type of chip used to hold the setup information. Often compaq had limited features in their bios setup so you may not be able to do what you want there.

Another option would be to check to see if you can order the restore disks for that computer. Even if HP/compaq doesn't carry them anymore you may be able to find a third party site. I recently bought a set for an HP that orignally came with the 'xp media center' version on SATA.

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