vista to xp

  stephen1978 19:09 27 Feb 2009

if my sister-in-law has bought a laptop with vista pre install can she change it to xp as long as she can find the correct drivers for xp ???

  jimv7 19:14 27 Feb 2009


  smokingbeagle 19:20 27 Feb 2009

She would need a copy of XP with a licence key.
If the laptop has a SATA hard drive, she would need to slipstream the SATA drivers and XP using somthing like nLite.
click here
Not difficult but not straightforward either.

  MAT ALAN 19:31 27 Feb 2009

click here

your post sorta suggests she has not bought a lappy yet, the link may help, plenty of XP lappy's still available...

  stephen1978 19:35 27 Feb 2009

the laptop shes bought is a asus laptop

i already have a xp boot disk with key

  tullie 20:40 27 Feb 2009

Its not a boot disk you want but a full retail copy,not used on any other machine.Someone correct me if im wrong.

  stephen1978 20:52 27 Feb 2009

ive got a retail copy thats never been used and intend to use it on her laptop, is all i need to do is install the disk and find the drivers for xp and im ready to go??

  birdface 20:56 27 Feb 2009

Probably better leaving it on Vista then I believe you get a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it comes out.

  canarieslover 22:07 27 Feb 2009

I would certainly make sure that you had the drivers before you reformat and install XP. Very few new laptops have XP motherboard drivers available.

  kjrider 10:35 28 Feb 2009

Why not keep the Vista HD and get another HD to put XP onto? They do not cost very much and you would save any hassle if your installation of XP didn't work properly.

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