Solved Downgrade preinstalled Windows 7 to XP

August 5, 2012 at 08:16:48
Specs: Windows XP
I'm not a techie, but am about to buy a new Dell XPS8500 that comes with Windows 7 Home Premium installed. It will replace an old Dell Dimension XPS running Windows XP. I want to retain my XP on the new machine so that the look-amd-feel are unchanged, and would pay for a local firm to implement the OS downgrade, as well as porting over everything that is on my current C: drive. Advice and pitfalls?

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August 5, 2012 at 08:44:12
Dell didn't write drivers for Windows XP for new computers. I doubt you'll be able to find compatible ones. Why do you want to downgrade in the first place?

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August 5, 2012 at 09:10:45
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As stated the first issue you will have is finding SATA Controller Drivers so Hard Drive is recognised, secondly you will need to buy a NEW Windows XP with CoA.

Is it worth it to install a decade old out-of-date O/S ??

There is software available to make W7 look like XP

Windows 7 includes Easy Transfer to transfer settings & data from XP to Windows 7. You will have to re-install all Programs and Peripherals

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August 5, 2012 at 11:17:51
It is not easy to impossible to run xp on a new system.

Best choice is to upgrade to Windows 7 pro and download the xp mode maybe.

Other than that, if you have a full copy of xp now, and it has been removed from the old computer, you can get a virtual machine and install it.

Tuning off the Vista look makes the OS go back to the classic windows look. I set my admin account like that so in case I am on it I always know something is wrong.

Windows 7 has many improvements both for the user as well as for security. It is really the correct choice for a new system.

You can always just keep your old system. I reload the OS on old computers and they work fine.

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August 5, 2012 at 13:42:57
If you really want to stick with XP then save your money and stick with the old computer too. New wine in old bottles and all that.

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