Down grade from vista to XP pro

January 12, 2013 at 08:06:22
Specs: Xp

Purchased a new laptop so I needed an extra laptop for work. So why not use my old one. However the softwear needs to be xp pro 64 bit.

I attempted to perform a fesh install which included a reformatt of hard drive since I was going from a 32 bit to 64 bit so.

I attempted to install xp with my vol lic cd. Started boot with cd and during boot received the blue screen do death.

I them used a new xp pro disc from a dell laptop and the install was perfect. But I have no key.

So I felt that I had a bad vol lic cd. I then attempted to see if cd would work on a older system which was a desktop and the cd works fine. Reading some forum post about using nlite to slimline drivers but I have not had any luck.

Pleas help


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#1
January 12, 2013 at 09:22:11

"So why not use my old one."

You don't mention make/model of the laptop you're trying to "downgrade". Before you attempt any downgrade, you need to verify that there's available drivers for the machine so all hardware will work properly.

"Reading some forum post about using nlite to slimline drivers but I have not had any luck."

nLite isn't necessarily designed to slimline drivers---though it can be used to integrate drivers and service packs. It's main purpose is to re-create an installation disc to reduce the size of the installation of Windows itself (thus making it generally faster). A good review and guide can be found here (the guide uses an eeePC, but it can be used for any machine with some modifcation):

http://www.i64x.com/eee/

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#2
January 12, 2013 at 09:41:08

"the softwear needs to be xp pro 64 bit"

Really? What software requires it? XP64 was not widely supported & drivers may be difficult to find. Are you sure your old laptop has a 64-bit CPU?


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#3
January 13, 2013 at 14:42:49

Laptop is a gateway m73 series. I am not sure of the mother board manufacture. According the the gateway support site it list a Realtek sata driver but not sure if that's the driver that is missing.

Someone else posted a note that the windows xp pro disc has to be 64 bit. I believe xp pro only comes in 64 bit.

As mention if I use my dell disc it intalls ok I just have to load a few misc drivers. The product key will not activate


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#4
January 13, 2013 at 15:01:36

System has be xp pro 64 bit. The great and wonderful Ford Motor Company diag equipment is only supported by XP pro 64 bit systems. Vista and Win 7 os systems will not allow the diag equipment perform updates to any of the control modules .

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#5
January 13, 2013 at 19:33:23

Are you sure it needs to be 64 bit?
The vast majority of XP pro systems are 32 bit. I used one for years.

64 bit XP was never very popular and had some serious issues. Driver availability was weak, even for contemporary hardware. It is worse for newer hardware.


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#6
January 14, 2013 at 02:38:58

"I believe xp pro only comes in 64 bit."

No. XP Professional is 32-bit. If it was 64-bit, it would say "Windows XP Professional x64 Edition". Gateway's site shows no support for this machine on either 32-bit or 64-bit WinXP, so you should stick with Vista.

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#7
January 14, 2013 at 16:44:54

As stated above, XP Pro is 32-bit (so is XP Home Edition). There is an XP Pro 64-bit, but as I said, it wasn't widely used or supported. Make sure x64 is what you need.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window...

You may or may not be able to find XP drivers for your laptop. Do your homework before making any changes.

http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile...


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