Solved How Do I Uninstall Windows Vista to install XP

April 26, 2013 at 23:55:45
Specs: Windows Vista
I want to uninstall Windows Vista from my laptop and replace it with Xp. To my disappointment, my laptop came with vista already installed and ready to go, so I don't have an installation disk for Vista. I have backed up all the files care about, including saved game data, so I don't care what information I lose. I want to revert to Windows Xp because all the old games I used to play when I was a kid have major problems running on Vista, even in compatibility mode. I've hated Vista since I got it and I really want to be rid of it.

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#1
April 27, 2013 at 03:32:03
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You boot from another Windows installation disc and delete the partition that contains the existing Windows version. Then you create a new partition and install your preferred Windows version there.

However, be warned. If your laptop came with Vista installed, the laptop manufacturer may not have any Windows XP drivers for it, and all laptops need custom drivers which only the laptop manufacturer can supply. Without those drivers the sound, graphics, and wireless network adapter won't work.

So check their website first to see which versions of Windows they support on your model. If they don't have Windows XP drivers for it, you are wasting your time installing it because Vista drivers will not work on XP.


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#2
April 27, 2013 at 07:13:42
"my laptop came with vista already installed and ready to go, so I don't have an installation disk for Vista"

Manufacturers rarely supply disks anymore. Instead, they place the installation files on a hidden partition on the HDD so that the user can create the disks. Most people don't bother (or don't even know they have the option). Try looking at the Start > All Programs menu, the disc creator software is probably still there unless you deleted it.

"I've hated Vista since I got it"

So you've been struggling with Vista for what, 5 yrs or more & have finally decided to replace it with an OS that's over 10 yrs old, nearing it's end-of-life & rapidly losing support? OK.

You didn't post the make/model of your laptop so it's impossible to provide clear instructions on what to do. Unless it's a higher end model, it's probably not very game worthy, regardless of the OS. And I'm guessing it has a SATA HDD so that means you're going to have to jump thru some hoops to get XP to install. Here's a how-to that explains it:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

And as phil22 stated, you may have a problem finding drivers so before doing anything else, see if you can track down XP compatible drivers for the motherboard chipset, graphics, sound, network, wireless, etc.


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