Dave McVittie wrote:
> I am told that it is possible to downgrade from Vista to X
> I have found the drivers to do so
> Has anyone done this?
Quite a few, with varying degrees of success, mostly for a lack of
WinXP drivers for newer devices. You shouldn't have this problem, if
you have, in fact found all of the necessary drivers.
> Do I need to remove all programs and data that I have loaded under Vista
Yes, certainly. You'll need to format the hard drive, erasing all of
> Any thoughts on the matter appreciated
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, possibly, 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 will be the additional cost
involved in purchasing a WinXP license for this new computer.
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.)
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Then, assuming you were successful in obtaining WinXP-specific
device drivers so 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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