help downgrade vista to xp sp1? thx

Gateway / DUAL CORE
February 8, 2009 at 16:07:36
Specs: vista sp1, 3gb ram
good day, i just purchased a used gateway computer, Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2180 Processor
# 3GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
# 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
# 18x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner w/ LabelFlash Technology
# 15-in-1 Media Card Reader
# 256MB NVidia GeForce 8500GT PCI-Express X16 Graphics
# 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
# v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet
# Six USB 2.0, One Firewire, Nine audio jacks, One Parallel, One Serial
# Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1
But, i'm having problems, some of my programs aren't compatible with vista, I've downloaded upgrades which are suppose to be vista compatible but programs are freezing. I've ran avg and everything but the problem persists. The guy i bought the computer from erased all his data and reinstalled vista. My old computer an hp slimline had vista on it but when i reinstalled xp I lost several programs that came with the computer. The dvd recorder had lightscribe I lost all that and when i downgraded to xp lightscribe and the audio card no longer worked. My question here is.....if I downgrade AGAIN, from vista to xp sp1 will programs like lightscribe still work? will my soundcard still work with xp sp1, etc..... I'm assuming all this freezing is from programs not being compatible with vista. The only xp disc I have is service pack 1. So will I still be able to use light scribe, the soundcard, multimedia keyboard that came with this gateway?

also what benefits will i reap for going back to xp? It has 3gb of ram, which reads 3070mb in vista, will I have more memory and notice more power if i downgrade to xp? thanks for all advice and help. thanks

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February 8, 2009 at 17:17:07
The only way to "downgrade" from Vista to XP is to format the drive and do a clean instal of XP. XP may or may not have the necessary drivers for any of the devices present so you will need to research and download drivers for all of the following:
Motherboard/chipset, Graphics, Sound, SATA, Network card. XP also does not natively have lightscribe burning software so you will need to obtain that separately. All other programs will need to be reinstalled and you will obviously need XP compatible versions.

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February 8, 2009 at 20:34:02
thanks for your response Richard, so when I install xp it wont automatically put the right drivers in place? does anybody know if everything will be compatible with xp sp2? far as motherboard, etc... my computer is a Gateway GM5626

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February 9, 2009 at 05:17:26
I suggest that you keep Vista intact, partition the HDD & install XP on the 2nd partition to create a dual boot setup.

Drivers aren't necessarily installed automatically & even if they are, they'll be outdated generic XP drivers. Before doing anything, make sure you can find XP compatible drivers for all your devices (motherboard chipset, video, sound, network, etc). Download them & copy to a thumbdrive or disc. Also, get a copy of SP3. Either slipstream it into your XP SP1 disc using a program such as nLite or install it immediately after installing XP/SP1.

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February 9, 2009 at 09:04:51
I just had a look at the Gateway site & they only list Vista compatible drivers:

Here's your system specs:

And here's your motherboard:

With all that info you *should* be able to track down the drivers you'll need. My guess is most of them will be found at the Intel website. The tough ones will most likely be the audio & network. The video driver will obviously be found at the nVidia website. The TV tuner card may also be a tough one.

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February 9, 2009 at 11:05:50
As jam stated the tough ones are HD sound and WiFI. You may never get the sound to work as it does in Vista if it is HD sound. The WiFi drivers may not be available or you may need to use drivers from a different brand computer.

Not worth the effort IMO. Learn to live with Vista.

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February 9, 2009 at 15:01:28
ok thanks for all your responses, me being no computer wiz i think I better stick with Vista. I'll make a post in the Vista forums, about my problems. My number 1 problem right now is....firefox just freezes. i'm using firefox 3. I might click on a link, and it'll the loading thing keeps going in circles the the screen turns a lighter color and I can't click on anything, the only thing I can do is open task manager and close firefox. There are also a few programs that aren't compatible with Vista. I came home and got a message that my computer had a sudden shutdown--blue screen
Files that help describe the problem:

i've ran avg free and everything is good according to the scan. It just seems like i've had more problems in my 1 week with vista that I've had with xp in several years. Anybody know if windows 7 will help my problem with vista? will it make more programs compatible or any advice thanks

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February 9, 2009 at 17:51:19
"Anybody know if windows 7 will help my problem with vista?"

Windows 7 is still a beta. It should be run for testing purposes only. It's not ready for release yet & should NOT be used as a primary OS.

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