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Can I downgrade window 7 to xp online without bootable CD?

December 20, 2020 at 01:01:59
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My window 7 has expired and I want to downgrade it to xp, the xp bootable CD with me, is not rebooting the system so I can format it, so I want to know if I can do that online without CD and procedures.

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#1
December 20, 2020 at 03:16:42
XP is now no longer supported, and thus highly vulnerable to all manner of problems if you were to use it to go online.

Win-7 is now no-longer supported and will be increasingly vulnerable like XP.

Although I don’t run win-10, my advice would be to seriously consider upgrading to win-10; which as best I know, is still free and you use your current win-7 key to register/activate it online.

There are many here much more familiar with that approach than I, so hang about for their input before proceeding further.

Incidentally what do you mean by “my windows 7 has expired”?


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#2
December 20, 2020 at 06:43:23
Downgrading from one old unsupported OS to an even older unsupported OS is not a wise move.

Windows 10 is still free & will activate using your Win7 product key (if you have one).
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sof...

If you don't have a Win7 key, try Linux instead, it's totally free & there are 100's of versions available. Mint 20 Xfce Edition is a good choice, it's based on Ubuntu, very Windows-like, & it's supported until 2025:
https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3930

Or if you have an older low spec machine with, try Q4OS with the Trinity Desktop.
https://q4os.org/index.html

BTW, if you're unable to boot off a disc, check the boot order setting in the BIOS. Make sure the optical drive is listed 1st in the boot order....if it's not, then change it. Also, WinXP is so old that it was released before SATA HDDs became mainstream, so unless you modified your XP disc to include SATA drivers, you will not be able to install it without doing a bunch of prep work. I'm not going to bother to explain because no one should be running XP in 2020 unless the computer is not going to be connected to the internet.


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#3
December 20, 2020 at 12:36:47
Another problem with "downgrading" to XP would be a high probability that drivers for any devices on the machine (video/network/chipset/etc.) would be difficult to find, even if they exist (which with a newer machine, they wouldn't exist). Stick with 7 or as previously mentioned, try something newer if the machine will support it.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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