I appreciate that this is probably one of hundreds of threads regarding this issue but I could really do with some help. I am currently running Vista Ultimate which I HATE and want to go back to the much more reliable XP Pro - I have a Novatech laptop with AMD Athlon 63 Processor 3400+ 800 MHz with 511 MB RAM.
I have the original rescue cd that came with the laptop with XP Pro on it but as usual it will not let me 'downgrade' my OS and need to know exactly how to format the hard drive and be able to re-install from the rescue disc. I have set the boot sequence to cd drive but wont boot from there as it keeps wanting to boot from hard drive and am getting rather flustered so any step by step help would be greatly appreciated as I cant get rid of vista fast enough as my once very fast laptop is running at a snails pace and crashing for fun.
How did you install Vista Altimate, in most cases I think it would format the drive and then install. If so all the previous data would have been lost so no "recovery" disk can recover what is no longer there. you only option is to install XP home. or buy XP Pro.
Is it possible to format my main drive and then boot from cd drive - maybe rather drastic but just cant seem to get rid of this blasted freak better known as vista ultimate - 'ultimate' pain more like!