Windows XP on vista machine

Gateway / T5062
January 5, 2009 at 16:14:41
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.4 GHz / 3453 MB
Ok well i have realized that i cannot stand
vista and was wondering if i could put XP on
my T5062. How hard would it be and would it
support the hardware. computer is stock
except some new ram and a sony cd-rom.

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#1
January 5, 2009 at 16:43:38
Pretty sure it would.

Why bother though. It should be easier to fix your issues with vista.

Worse case, contact gateway. They normally offer drivers for businesses that still require xp.

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#2
January 5, 2009 at 16:57:59
I have to disagree that you can probably install WinXP on your T series Laptop. Gateway only offers Vista on that series, so they won't have any WinXP drivers for download. Some drivers will be available because the same hardware is used elsewhere.

Your problem may be the wireless and sound drivers. Possibly graphics too.

I suggest you research the driver availability before migrating to XP.

Also keep your restore partition and make your restore disk set if not already provided.

You will eventually need to restore to Vista.


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#3
January 5, 2009 at 19:22:44
Here are the XP drivers for the T5062. It looks like they're all there (graphics, sound, wireless, chipset, etc.).

http://support.gateway.com/support/...

Hopefully you know what hardware is in the PC because it looks like it was shipped with different hardware (there are multiple choices). If you're not sure, download PC Wizard 2008, FreshDiagnose, SIW.exe, or Aida32 (no longer developed anymore) to determine the hardware in your computer. If you decide to do this, I would recommend burning the drivers to a CD or DVD because you may not be able to access the internet until you get atleast the ethernet or wireless drivers installed (depending on how you connect) --- and without the CD, you'd have to get the drivers online, which you wouldn't be able to do if the network drivers aren't installed.

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#4
January 6, 2009 at 14:41:47
Ok i'll look at the drivers.. On the
ethernet/graphics issue it's all on the mobo
for now..... It does not have wifi so ill
look into the links.. Thanks guys...


also do you think i am wasting my time?


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#5
January 6, 2009 at 14:50:20
I don't think so at all. In fact I've done the same thing. Vista definately has its advantages over XP, but XP just runs faster. If I can do faster with XP what I can do with Vista, I'd rather use XP to get the job done quicker. I have 4 working PCs in the house and they all run XP, even though 3 of them are capable of running Vista.

I know everyone has their opinion, and there's mine.

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#6
January 6, 2009 at 15:41:42
IF you have all the necessary drivers and a copy of WinXP laying around AND you like XP better than go for it.

I still suggest you burn the restore set for Vista and leave the restore partition in place. At some point you will want to restore back to Vista. Even if only to sell the unit.


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#7
January 6, 2009 at 15:45:01
Kind of depends on a few things.

I am not so sure Vista is as bad as everyone thinks. The price of an XP disk is still high unless you have a disk already that is legal. I'm sure there are a few gamers and technical users that have to have XP and NT systems.

Why don't you like Vista?


I prefer Vista for a few reasons. I really like the fact that they give you a DVD that has PE 2.0 on it and can help repair your system in case of crash. Saying that I mainly use XP by a huge margin. I only have access to one Vista machine and a few thousand xp systems.

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#8
January 7, 2009 at 16:59:28
ok so i have that partition in place that
vista outmaticly does.. is there a way to
burn my vista drivers to a disk?



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#9
January 7, 2009 at 18:35:24
Your PC may have a recovery partition or disc. If you have a recovery disc, you can install that into the CD/DVD drive and boot from it. It will revert your computer to the factory settings, with all of your drivers. It may have a recovery partition on the hard drive. Check your PC documentation.

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#10
January 7, 2009 at 18:37:36
my vista shows a 9 gig HD that is titled
recovery...

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#11
January 7, 2009 at 18:41:34
That would be a 9GB recovery PARTITION. Your laptop only has one hard drive with TWO partitions.

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#12
January 7, 2009 at 18:45:44
Yeah i know that my DESKTOP has a partition
for that but is it a true partition or ive
seen ones that only windows see's

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#13
January 7, 2009 at 19:18:40
The recovdery partition is hidden from Windows normally.

Did you just indicate the T5062 computer in question is a desktop computer?


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#14
January 7, 2009 at 19:48:05
Yeah the T5062 is a desktop computer.

I've seen Windows list even recovery partitions in My Computer/Computer.

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#15
January 7, 2009 at 21:25:15
I think im goign to go back to my old friend
Ubuntu.. IM tired of all the windows garble
ill leave vista on for certain purposes as
linux will pick up a far wider set of drivers
and will run on esentully no disk space..


But to clarify the t5062 is a emachines
desktop.. and the recovery partition is shown
under my computer on vista...

thanks for the help guys but i've decided to
take my third option if it does not work i
may be going to xp but it has worked for me
in the past


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#16
January 8, 2009 at 04:39:38
I don't know what I did but at the beginning of this thread I determined this was a laptop. Obviously I was mistaken. My post concerning the chances of installing WinXP were based on that premise. Desktops are easier to find drivers for. HD sound may still be a problem, if the unit has it.

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#17
January 8, 2009 at 15:26:26
I dont know it has a 6 port sound card in the
rear... And it says that it's run my realtek
hd audio manager...

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