Solved Want to remove Vista and Install XP

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May 25, 2013 at 18:14:59
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1GB
I have a HP Pavilion dv6205ca Notebook that came with Windows Vista but would like to remove it and install XP. Can anyone help me find the right drivers for it???

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May 25, 2013 at 18:35:30
The support page for that model only shows Vista drivers:

The only way to find xp drivers would be to:

a) Install xp and hope the vista drivers work
b) Find a close-enough model with XP drivers and use those
c) Install xp and then search the support sites of the individual manufacturers that made the separate hardware for that laptop and hope they have xp drivers

I think it's best to leave it with vista. At least you know you'll have a working laptop that way.

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May 26, 2013 at 05:36:13
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How long have you owned this thing? Why would you want to replace an old OS with an even older one? If you insist on downgrading to XP, the link provided above should help you track down the drivers. For example, there is only one audio driver listed - "Conexant High-Definition Audio Driver", so do a search using that along with "Windows XP" & you'll come up with this:

Make sure you have SP3 installed, you'll need it for HD audio. As for the rest of the drivers, just repeat what I did above.

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May 26, 2013 at 15:15:10
Downgrading from Vista to XP is actually very understandable given the unfixed problems that Vista had (it's terrible memory usage being one), and downgrading to XP was not uncommon. As mentioned by others though, getting the correct drivers is often the main problem.

Oh, and forget about trying Vista drivers on XP as suggested elsewhere on this thread. They will definitely not work. I'm surprised it was even suggested.

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