Solved how to install xp over windows 7

May 3, 2014 at 08:32:17
Specs: Windows 7, Pentium 5 2GHz
recently i had windows xp on my lenovo laptop and for wifi and all concerns i switched to windows 7. But due to 512mb ram in the laptop the laptop is responding very slow and now i want to switch back to windows xp but when i m trying to intall XP.. while selecting partition i m not getting format partition but delete option..But i have data on other drives too..I dont want to make a clean installation.. So please help me to install Xp over Windows 7 without touching the other drives.

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May 3, 2014 at 09:49:43
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.I dont want to make a clean installation..

You have no choice but to do a clean install. You cannot do an in-place install of an earlier version of Windows.

However, you do not need to delete all partitions, just the one containing Windows 7. If there is any data on this partition copy it to one of the other other partitions before you start.

Delete that partition and any recover partition that Windows & may have created. this is usually a 100 Mb partition right at the beginning of the disk. Create a new partition and install Windows XP.

You will have to reinstall all applications regardless of which partition they are stored one.


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May 3, 2014 at 12:34:36
Yeah, you need to be careful which partitions you delete. The xp disk might see the drive letters differently than 7. I just did an XP-over-7 install the other day. The xp disk was seeing the 100 meg partition as drive C: and the one with windows 7 on it was drive D:. I deleted D: thinking that after the xp install it would be seen as C: and the 100 meg one wouldn't show but that wasn't the case. My xp was showing as installed on D:. So I redid it and deleted both partitions and the install went to C:.

If you have additional data partitions on the drive they will probably be listed after the OS partition. But just to make sure, before doing anything, check the drive sizes in windows 7 and match them with what the xp disk shows. That'll make it less likely you'll delete the wrong ones.

Oh another thing. Is it possible you have an xp restore partition on it already? If there was one and you didn't delete it when you installed 7 then it should still be there. You might check the system manual if you're not sure.

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May 3, 2014 at 13:47:54
Be willing and careful to copy "all" personal files ("stuff" you wouldn't wish to lose) to external storage - typically dvd and/or an external hard drive. And verify the copies are accessible on at least one other working system.

I strongly advise this for all data regardless of which partition it currently resides on...

That way you reduce the risks of losing any of that "stuff" during your re-install of XP...

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