downgrading to xp

Hewlett-packard / PAVILION
March 29, 2009 at 13:18:33
Specs: Windows Vista, 2.1 GHZ/3gb
I have an hp laptop with vista pre-installed. I want to downgrade it to xp because i prefer xp so i bought an xp sp3 cd from the store. I heard i would have problems with drivers. what exactly would i need to do?

would driveragent install all the necessary drivers once i install xp?

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March 29, 2009 at 14:18:09
The issue is this. Microsoft discouraged OEM vendors from selling computers with WinXP. They could do that through the volume licensing program.

So, you have new hardware that may never had any drivers written for WinXP. Some of the hardware can be configured using chipset drivers from the manufacturer of the chipset. Some of the hardware is common to older computers so WinXP drivers are available.

In the case of laptop computers the problem drivers seem to be the HD sound and WiFi.

If you are lucky, your laptop is one of the units that had an option to come with WinXP pre-installed. However, those are not usually the latest models.

Post the exact model and/or go to the HP site and see if WinXP drivers are available for all the hardware.

If you elect to go to WinXP I suggest you leave the Vista recovery partition alone. Also, create the restore disks while you still have Vista running.

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March 29, 2009 at 15:32:45
A lot of HP laptops have XP drivers - just go to their site & check. Also as OtheHill said, if HP do not have drivers, you may be able to find them from their manufacturer's sites - you'd need to know what you're looking for, so look in vista's device manager to find out (graphics, sound & network most needed).

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March 29, 2009 at 16:02:46
its an hp pavilion dv5-1225

ill try the hp site now

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March 29, 2009 at 16:09:18
Here is the link for that series. Seems like you are in luck. Download ALL the drivers and burn them to CDR.

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March 29, 2009 at 16:29:10
couldnt find anything useful on the hp site. im a bit clueless on the whole thing. can anyone tell my exactly what i would need to do?

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March 29, 2009 at 16:32:23
Thanks for that. So after i download all the drivers onto a cd, i run the win XP cd on my laptop and then install the drivers and that's it?

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March 29, 2009 at 18:36:57
Not quite. You need to install WinXP first and then you can install the drivers. You may have some issues with the SATA drive that your laptop no doubt has. I don't know what options your BIOS has as far as AHCI/SATA goes. There may not be any because there is no options to change the type of hard drive like there is with a desktop.

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