Downgrade Win7 to XP & reload on netbook

December 24, 2009 at 04:01:18
Specs: Windows XP, 1.5pentium m/ 240mb/ram
whats the best way to reload the os to a mini laptop. i would like to change from win 7 to winxp home...also where could i get a copy of winxp for me to use at home and reload several computers at my home...

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#1
December 24, 2009 at 05:05:57
Firstly, it is possible there are no XP drivers for the system. Was it built for Vista or Win7? What make/model?

Next does the machine have a CDROM drive? If not then installing a new operating system is several steps more difficult.

Third. you need to buy XP and Msoft has ceased selling it. You would need a licence for each machine you want to install on.

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#2
December 24, 2009 at 08:38:32
It is possible that the netbook offered a xp installed. See oem for disk maybe.

See after market for xp disk if you don't already have one. Need a usb cd drive also. Borrow one. It may or may not work unless you make a slipstreamed disk with most or all of the drivers you need.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#3
December 24, 2009 at 08:44:59
Why do you want to do this anyway?

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#4
December 24, 2009 at 08:53:16
Why would you want to remove Win7 in the 1st place? By almost all accounts, it's the best OS to come out of M$ to date. What is it that you don't like about it? There are plenty of things you can tweak to make it more XP-like.

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#5
December 24, 2009 at 10:25:19
just liked xp always,,,whats a good parental control software for use with win7 i want to be able to shut off wireless to my daughters laptop at certain times of the evening around bedtime.....will a computer reconize an external usb cd drive for instance if you strip the os from a computer like reloading it like it will if it was internal

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#6
December 24, 2009 at 10:34:34
Pretty much anything you could do in WinXP you can do in Windows 7 and probably more.

The netbook has hardware that may not have any drivers available. HD sound and accompanying software comes to mind as does the wireless.

In order to restrict uses you need to be the administrator and create a user account for your daughter. Use a password for the administrator account.

I am assuming the version of Windows on the netbook allows that.


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#7
December 24, 2009 at 15:00:27
I just heard an ad for a parental control application. Not sure any are that good. A darn smart kid can get past most. Might take an aggressive approach. See this for ideas. http://www.kids-safety-klub.com/int...

See here for built in tools.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/wi...

See your router or modem for access time control.

Be sure to start with the limited user accounts and I'd get a host file and maybe consider a child safe ISP.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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