Loading XP over VISTA

Posted: 01-09-2008, 03:21 AM
Vista is too difficult to operate for me. Is it possible to buy XP off the
shelf and load over the top of VISTA? If so, what are the ramifications?

Loading XP over VISTA


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Bruce Chambers
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Re: Loading XP over VISTA
Posted: 01-09-2008, 03:45 AM
CACPA wrote:
> Vista is too difficult to operate for me. Is it possible to buy XP off the
> shelf and load over the top of VISTA?

No.

> If so, what are the ramifications?

It's your computer, so the choice is, ultimately, yours.

However, there could be a couple possible adverse repercussions of
which you should be aware. First and foremost, if the specific computer
model in question was designed specifically for Vista, there may well be
no WinXP-specific device drivers available to make the computer's
diverse components work properly. Consult the computer's manufacturer
about the availability of device drivers. Secondly, removing an
OEM-installed operating system and replacing it with another will almost
invariably void any and all support agreements and, sometimes, even the
warranty. You would, at the very least, have to re-install Vista before
getting any support from the manufacturer. Again, consult the
computer's manufacturer for specifics. Thirdly, there may be the
additional cost involved in purchasing a WinXP license for this new
computer. (An OEM CD and license from some previous computer will not
do, for legal and usually technical reasons.)

After backing up any data you wish to transfer to the new OS
installation, simply boot from the WinXP installation CD. You'll be
offered the opportunity to delete, create, and format partitions as part
of the installation process. (You may need to re-arrange the order of
boot devices in the PC's BIOS to boot from the CD.)

HOW TO Install Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default...B;en-us;316941

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm

Then, assuming that the computer can be made to work with WinXP,
the backed up data can be restored and applications (Those that are
WinXP-compatible, that is) re-installed.


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Ken Blake, MVP
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Re: Loading XP over VISTA
Posted: 01-10-2008, 02:53 AM
On Tue, 8 Jan 2008 19:21:02 -0800, CACPA
<CACPA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> Vista is too difficult to operate for me. Is it possible to buy XP off the
> shelf and load over the top of VISTA?

By "over the top," do you mean keeping all your data and installed
applications?

If so, the answer is no. That's a downgrade, and downgrades are never
supported. If you want XP, you'll have to clean install it. Back up
your data first, then restore the backups and reinstall all your
applications afterward.

My recommendation is that you do *not* do this. Vista is no more
difficult than XP. What it is is different. And like anything
different it takes some time to get accustomed to those differences
and learn how to use it effectively. I recommend that you bite the
bullet and give yourself that time. It may be painful at first, but
the effort will be rewarding, and before very long, the pain will go
away.


> If so, what are the ramifications?
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wheelman
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Re: Loading XP over VISTA
Posted: 03-05-2008, 06:19 AM
just do a clean install of xp and enjoy your computer..you want have to
fight,with this defective vista,day in and day out.just to be able to use
your computer.vista is the only.os that holds a gun to you and makes you
register.every time you turn around and xp is not doctored up..to make it fat
and slow.like vista is..iiif you like to continuely work on your computer and
not use it..stay with vista..it will work the crap out of you..no fix is in
site...

"Ken Blake, MVP" wrote:
> On Tue, 8 Jan 2008 19:21:02 -0800, CACPA
> <CACPA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>
> > Vista is too difficult to operate for me. Is it possible to buy XP off the
> > shelf and load over the top of VISTA?
>
>
> By "over the top," do you mean keeping all your data and installed
> applications?
>
> If so, the answer is no. That's a downgrade, and downgrades are never
> supported. If you want XP, you'll have to clean install it. Back up
> your data first, then restore the backups and reinstall all your
> applications afterward.
>
> My recommendation is that you do *not* do this. Vista is no more
> difficult than XP. What it is is different. And like anything
> different it takes some time to get accustomed to those differences
> and learn how to use it effectively. I recommend that you bite the
> bullet and give yourself that time. It may be painful at first, but
> the effort will be rewarding, and before very long, the pain will go
> away.
>
>
>
> > If so, what are the ramifications?
>
> --
> Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP Windows - Shell/User
> Please Reply to the Newsgroup
>
 
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