Sony Drivers in XP Pro Downgrade

June 13, 2009 at 08:47:40
Specs: Windows Vista
I recently purchased a Sony Vaio laptop that comes with an XP Pro downgrade CD. I want to do the downgrade but I am afraid that a fresh install will wipe out the drivers for the wireless, the built-in web cam and everything. Does any one know if the this will happen and how to fix? I am a compute novice to bear with me.

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June 13, 2009 at 09:12:19
If the cd came with the computer and was put together by sony, then the drivers will be on the cd for xp. It should be safe to do because the disk was made by the manufacturer.

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June 13, 2009 at 09:22:36
Keep in mind installing WinXP is a one way street. You will not be able to go back to Vista. You may be able to create an image of the current Vista install in case you do want to return to Vista. I'm not sure if doing that would require registering the Vista install.

Windows 7 will be coming this fall or possibly by next spring and should prove to be an improvement over Vista.

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June 13, 2009 at 09:53:12
Contact Sony Support. You shouldn't loose Vista because you choose to run an OEM supplied alternative Operating System.

You probably need to Create the Vista Restore CDs from the HDD before you deploy XP.

Again, Contact Sony Support BEFORE you proceed.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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June 13, 2009 at 10:32:24
My response above was based on past practice of Microsoft when Vista was newer. I guess the logic of Microsoft is that you should only get one OS per computer. At that time WinXP may have come on the computer with a promise of a free upgrade to Vista. That was definitely a one way street.

I see where June 30th is the cutoff date for installing WinXP on new computers. OEMs may be providing WinXP at an additional cost on disk. If this is the case here then perhaps installing WinXP from those disks would not prohibit you from returning to Vista at some point in the future.

I think Dumbob has an excellent idea. Contact Sony and get the policy from the horses mouth, so to speak.

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