Simple question

  golfpro 14:35 13 Apr 2009

I want to change my current OS from Vista home premium to XP home. If I buy an original XP OEM disc and did a clean install, would this work or not. I have heard lots of different stories about changing from Vista to XP. I know I can't downgrade, but if I did it this way would it be OK.

  Quiller. 14:40 13 Apr 2009

If you first sourced XP drivers for the machine and then format the hard drive it should work.

Make sure you make the restore disks, if you have the option, just in case you want to or need to go back.

  Quiller. 14:53 13 Apr 2009

What the make and model of the computer or is it a specialised one.

  golfpro 17:57 13 Apr 2009

The computer is a laptop Acer travel mate 5720. I bought it in Austria, and the Vista OS was pre installed.

  birdface 18:05 13 Apr 2009

Not sure but I think you can get a free downgrade from Microsoft.
Windows 7 is coming out shortly maybe better trying that I have heard some good reports about it.

  iqs 18:13 13 Apr 2009

If it has a SATA HDD,make sure you have the SATA drivers,and an external FDD.

You need to install the SATA drivers so XP will recognize the HDD.

It its IDE,its straight forward with XP.

  iqs 18:14 13 Apr 2009

It its IDE,its straight forward with XP,just buy the disc,install XP and then install all the drivers.

  Quiller. 19:07 13 Apr 2009

Your XP drivers are here click here

You will have to put the SATA drivers onto a floppy or usb pen drive for the XP installation.

You will have to format the drive prior to installation and delete the partition when you use windows setup. The rest should be easy.

  rickf 21:05 13 Apr 2009

If you make sure the XP disc has SP2 or 3, then it would recognise the Sata drive w/o having to install Sata drivers first. Know this because I have recently downgraded from Vista to XP on an Acer Aspie 5920G. Make sure you all rhe drivers for your model on a CD/DVD and istall them after XP has installed.

  lotvic 21:13 13 Apr 2009

why not buy another HDD and put XP on that.

Keep the HDD with Vista on so that you can easily swap back by just changing the HDD's over.

  golfpro 08:05 14 Apr 2009


Mon, 13/04/[email protected]:13

why not buy another HDD and put XP on that.

Keep the HDD with Vista on so that you can easily swap back by just changing the HDD's over.

I thought about this, where would I buy another hard drive how much do they cost and is it difficult to fit?
How do I know if my HDD has SATA?

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