> I have worked w/ computer for many years, but have not encountered anything
> quite like VISTA. Microsoft should refund the cost to everyone who bought it
That's quite inexpensive. Where'd you find that bargain? Which
specific edition of Vista?
> Word is not printing except for an illegible line.
Can't see how that could possibly have anything to do with Vista,
unless you've neglected to install the correct Vista-specific device
drivers for your printer, but that's hardly the OS' fault. And it's
> Can someone
> be VERY specific about uninstalling VISTA? There are 4 Microsoft 'files' in
> the Control Panel...do I uninstall each one separately?
You don't uninstall the OS from the Control Panel, at all. You format
the hard drive, wiping out everything.
> What about the
> activation code?
Do you mean the Vista Product Key? What about it? If you're replacing
Vista, it's completely immaterial. It certainly won't work with the
> My new computer has VISTA...I am not upgrading. OR...can
> one overwrite VISTA?Thanks so much.
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.)
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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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