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Downgrading from Windows Vista Home edition to Windows XP on a Compaq CQ50-215NR


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#1 dimtim

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 05:02 PM

Hi everyone.

I have just got a Compaq Presario CQ50-215NR which, I am sure you know, comes with Vista installed on it. After playing with it for a while I decided that it is much slower than my desktop, which is 4 years old, running Windows XP, so I decided to "downgrade" to Windows XP SP3. I have successfully achieved it using the 32 bit version of XP.

The thing I would like to ask the forum is this:

The Compaq Presario CQ50-215NR has an AMD Athlon Dual-Core QL-60 processor which the supports 64 bit OS. Why will it not install on this particular brand of laptop?

I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 08:49 PM

What error message do you get when attempting to install the 64 bit OS? Is this Vista 64 bit or XP 64 bit?
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:30 PM

Hi John,

I don't get any message at all. The disk starts to whir up and then stops. That's it. The OS I am trying to install is 64 bit XP.


Total mystery to me as the same disk seems to start to load on another laptop, which is an Acer, and stops only because the Acer doesn't support 64 bit.

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 09:07 AM

Can you test the drive with another bootable disk? Does it work OK then?
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