Revert Win 7 Upgrade back to Win XP

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May 13, 2010 at 17:06:54
Specs: Windows 7
well i am kind of a gamer...recently installed windows 7...but i am fade up with winsxs is just getting bigger and i am thinking of shifting back to windows xp as i have directx 10 installed there and it does not need more spaces as vista or windows 7 does...

i want to know is it a good idea to go back to xp...please let me know...thanks

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May 14, 2010 at 12:51:55
What if winsxs folder gets bigger ? With todays hard disks having plenty of space. How much RAM do you have ?

By the way, does Win XP accept DX10 to be installed ? It should be DX9, not DX10.

Since you have W7 Ultimate, have you thought about installing Win XP in a virtual M/C offered free by MS ? Please look in here


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May 14, 2010 at 14:36:59

"The WinSxS folder is not big. The files are hardlinks ( The files are stored inside the WinSxS folder and are mapped to the destination folders (for example C:\Program files, C:\Windows and many more).

You can use the Tool Link Shell Extension (LSE) ( to see which files are hardlink and which not.

For the growing.

This will happen when you install new updates. Do you remember XP? After every update you have several $NtUninstallKBXXXXXX$ folders. Those folders are move to WinSxS. Every file is now versioned inside the WinSxS folder. When you install a new update, the GDR and LDR version is placed into the WInSxS folder and the matching version is mapped as hardlink to the destination folder.

The folder is only so large, because Windows Explorer doesn't understand that all those files are hard link."

"now i am thinking of shifting back to windows xp as i have directx 10 installed "

You don't have DX10 installed on XP. It can't be done, no matter what anyone with an XP DX10 patch tells you.

"i want to know is it a good idea to go back to xp"

IMO, not a great idea. XP is a 9-year-old OS. It's not as secure as Win7, and XP support from Microsoft and other software vendors will not last forever, or even much longer.

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May 16, 2010 at 21:05:41
well...thx ma RAM is 2Gib...

ok..jack..but dude i was googling around over internet and found some links directx 10 for windows thought since xp does not need too much requirements games will run more smoother there....

lemme kno if directx thing is fake :S


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May 17, 2010 at 04:25:15
First the OS must have in-built dx10 capability and then the gfx card must be capable of running dx10. If your OS is dx10 ready but your gfx card is not, then dx10 is of limited use, if not useless altogether.

Same is true for dx11 that comes with Win7. Dx10 comes with Vista. WinXP is dx9-capable. In Vista you need dx10 gfx card. In Win7 you need dx11 gfx card to be able to fully utilize the potential of dx11.

There may be projects that are being developed by people to adapt dx10 to Win XP or even dx11 to Win XP. But that is it. There is no guarantee that these projects will be carried on and be successful.


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May 17, 2010 at 06:03:30
It is easy enough to install another or larger hard drive if room gets tight and move your personal files off the drive with your operating system. Or install a larger drive, create two partitions, one for windows and programs, one for your files, and format your old drive for a back up drive, Or keep old drive for OS and utilities, partition new drive for programs and files separately. These will take the worry away about room and improve efficiency and security.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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