How do I downgrade Win 7 to Win XP?

January 15, 2010 at 01:43:10
Specs: Windows XP professional v2002 SP2, AMD Athlon 64 Pror 3000+,1.80GHz,448MB RAM
I have studio 1555 with company installed windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.Now i want to uninstall win 7 and install fresh Win XP Pro (no need any other OS including win 7).
When I try to install XP Pro with the bootaable cd(32 bit) first it loads installation driver files but on starting installation it shows BLUE SCREEN ERROR ask me to restart the system and do scan disk.Kindly help me...

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#1
January 15, 2010 at 06:01:19
Whenever I wanted to go from Vista to XP, I formated my hard drive from DOS then booted from XP and installed.

Maybe this could work for you but make sure your XP CD is bootable from DOS.

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#2
January 15, 2010 at 06:41:25
Why would you want to go backwards from Windows 7 to XP???
I have used Windows XP on many machines since 2002 and in general I was satisfied with it (windows 95 was new to me but easy to learn - way back when - windows 98 was a good refinement on it, more secure and generally faster. Windows ME was a disaster. Windows XP was a giant leap forward and a good system though it had many holes that constantly needed plugging (constant updates). Vista - not quite as bad as many would like you to believe - BUT it was half baked - a Rush job - more secure but very annoying for many. NOW Windows 7 arrives! This is what Vista should have been!! It is fast, secure, and on new hardware, easy to install and run. Windows 7 has some quirks that you will get use to and FINALLY fully supports 64bit computing (on programs written to take full advantage of it, blazingly fast). Most programs that ran on XP are running fine on 7, of course I downloaded the latest version of my AntiVirus/AntiMalware program and I would recommend the same for most utilities you use that are not already included in windows7.
IF you are having problems with Windows 7, first look into hardware: You appear to have 448MB RAM according to your spec's but Windows 7 32bit needs 1GIG RAM and runs better on 2 GIG's; 64bit NEEDS 2GIG's RAM and runs better on 3GIG's or more (I built with 4GIG's with Home Premium 64bit) <<To prevent system Mfg's from short-changing people, I would recommend that Windows 7 start with a warning "You have less than the recommended memory installed on your system! It will run anyway, but performance will suffer!" under conditions like yours.>>
IF you need to run work related software that will not run normally under windows7, you should consider Windows 7 Pro and download XP compatibility software from Microsoft. IF you have favorite software or games that will not run, look into newer versions of them, they will probably have other improvements included as well as additional compatibility.
ASSUMING based on your RAM, you are probably running off the motherboard graphics, If you use graphics intensive software or games, consider adding a good video card as well as 4 GIG's of RAM or more.

ALL that said, there may not be drivers available for your newer hardware for XP and it definately will not be on a 2002 version disk of XP. IF you can collect all of your drivers on a floppy disk (if you have one) as your XP disk will not support finding them on a USB source OR you will have to remake your XP disk with the drivers on it (others would have to tell you how to do that). THEN you will have to make sure that your CD/DVD drive is first in boot order to load it. --- NOT worth the trouble for a system that will be obsolete in a few years at best. I doubt that MS will support XP with additional updates for much more than that.

Summary: Try a few UPGRADES first before trying a DOWNGRADE!!!
*** MY OPINION of course***


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#3
January 15, 2010 at 13:33:08
Put Win 7 back on and use VMplayer or other VM to run XP.

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#4
January 15, 2010 at 14:26:21
Not really a wise move to put Windows XP back on a system like yours.

1. Windows XP Pro can't take advantage of multi-cores. Now it can see multi-cores but can't take advantage of it. Windows 7 can take advantage of multi-cores.

2. Windows XP is now legacy meaning no other updates beyond security updates.

3. Windows 7 has better battery life then Windows XP which is important to you considering you have a laptop.

Windows XP was great for it's time but unless you run an old system or your system came with XP, there is no reason to downgrade from Windows 7 to Windows XP.

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#5
January 15, 2010 at 15:08:04
Ok I may be a bit off the mark here. Please all of you more knowledgable than I say so if I am. Let's work backwards here. The mesage suggesting scan disk, seems to me you are getting this due to compatibility issues between the 2 operating systems 1 being 64 bit and the other 32 bit. I have seen this before of 1 installation over another. At the time someone assumed Xp is Xp and any disk would do. They tried to reinstall XP Pro 64 over Xp Home thinking it was the same thing and that their cd key would make the difference. They got that message. You need to completely remove windows 7 before trying to load XP. You should be able to do this after putting the XP cd in you should get an option to set up XP , repair XP , or Quit. You want to set up XP. Select the partition that has Win 7 on it and delete it. Hopefully you have already backed up anything needed. Then you set up a new partition. You can use the full disk or make smaller partitions whatever you like but a partition must be set up none the less. After setting the partion select it to load XP to. Then you must format that partition. You can format it Fat 32 but I recomend using NTFS and just a personal preference I don't use quick format no reason though that I know of just preference. After that it should copy the files and start the installation.

I have no doubt I missed the mark I just interpreted the OP to say he had not formatted the drive. So I assumed 7 was still there. From this I thought maybe the OP didn't know. I do agree about keeping 7 though unless this system is purely for business which the poster already has the programs to use XP and can not at the moment upgrade what they have for 7. Hope this helped.

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#6
January 15, 2010 at 16:52:08
The problem to me would be that XP doesn't support his much newer hardware. Even slipstreaming may be of little use.

Windows 7 is very good, I guess we would need to know why he wants XP.. A Virtual Machine running XP to me would make sense if the reasons for XP can be fulfilled.

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#7
January 15, 2010 at 18:18:38
Brothers First I Thank U very much for u r suggestions.I come to a conclusion not to uninstall win 7.I need to resize my partitions.In my 320 GB sata HD i have 146 GB in C:drive and 142 GB free space others are in recovery and OEM.
I decided to allocate 50 Gb for C:/ but when i try to Shrink it shows that the Size of available Shrink space is only 203 mb out of 149934 mb .And the extend Volume Option is disabled.Is it possible for me to have 5-6 partitions each around 50 GB without reinstallation.If I can do through 3rd party software,Pls suggest me the best free partition softwares.
Is it possible to have XP on D:/ drive with win7 on C:/
System Details:
Dell studio 1555,Win 7 Home Premium,3 GB RAM,core 2 duo Pro'r,320 GB HD

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#8
January 15, 2010 at 18:48:07
Yes you can have 7 on C: and XP on D:

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS

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#9
January 15, 2010 at 18:52:25
I have never used free partition managers while windows was installed so I can not answer that sorry.

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#10
January 15, 2010 at 19:19:21
You will have problems with installing XP on a system that has Win 7 installed. Trying to run an install for dual-boot will fail since the OS you are installing is older than the one you have on the system.

You would have to run a clean XP install, modify the drive partition size and then reinstall Win 7 to get the dual-boot on the same hard drive.

It appears that the Studio laptop has the drivers for XP which most vendors are not providing any XP support.

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#11
January 16, 2010 at 04:28:00
I installed Xp on D: after installing 7 on my C: drive without a problem. Both were 64 bit but I wouldn't think it would matter. Later I made changes to give myself C: and D: on hard drive 1 and E: and F: on Hard drive 2 and put 7 on C: and Xp on E: with D: and F: used for other storage for each adjacent OS. I am not sure I can call it a true dual boot as they are not both on my C: drive and they never run at the same time. Now i am using E: to expiriment with Linux. I have had 7 on C: XP on D: and Mint 6 on E: all on the same single hard drive without any issues at all.

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#12
January 16, 2010 at 07:17:00
I agree with jefro: Don't do it!

At any rate, if you must have XP, then go the dual-booting route. And what is your compelling reasoning behind wanting to have five or six 50GB partitions?

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#13
January 16, 2010 at 18:25:51
Response 2 IMO had the best solution about upgrading ram etc.

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#14
January 16, 2010 at 18:43:15
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Dell studio 1555,Win 7 Home Premium,3 GB RAM,core 2 duo Pro'r,320 GB HD

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#15
January 16, 2010 at 21:20:50
Bootit NG allows more than 4 primary partitions and includes a boot manager that should allow you to windows 7 back live after installing XP. It is a try-it then pay for it tool. I downloaded it and spent much time reading up on, it sounds very useful, but in the end, replaced the system anyway without using it.

Don't short change your C drive though since many programs do not always give you the option of installing on other drives.


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