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Downgrading from 7 to XP


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#1 Liquid Blue

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 06:55 PM

Hi guys :thumbup2: I'm unsure if this is the correct forum, so if I'm wrong sorry! I'm trying to downgrade my laptop from Windows 7 back to Windows XP Pro (with a disc). Half the time the disc doesn't even load (clicking on the drive freezes the window :huh: ), and when it does it says I have a compatibility issue because the software is an older version of Windows. I'm well aware of that :huh: Any suggestions or help would be very appreciated, guys :D

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 07:15 PM

You will have to boot from the XP CD in order to downgrade. To do this, go into your BIOS and set it to boot from the CD, then reboot.
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Posted 30 March 2010 - 08:10 PM

Can I ask why you are downgrading?

Also post your system specs?

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 09:02 PM

Tried booting from the CD, looked like it was working fine, but I had to keep skipping the installation files one after another so I figured I'd check in before I went on with it. Should it be doing that?

Also, my system specs as requested:

OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version: 6.1.7600 Build 7600
System Model: Satellite A215
System Type: x64-based PC
Processor: AMD Athelon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor TK-57, 1900 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)

I'm not happy with 7 after giving it a go- I'm more familiar with XP.

Thanks again, guys :huh:

Edited by Liquid Blue, 30 March 2010 - 09:03 PM.


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Posted 30 March 2010 - 09:04 PM

What version of XP are you installing, and does it contain SP2 or greater?

Is it the GUI you are not used too?

I am sure you can use classic windows.

Edited by cryptodan, 30 March 2010 - 09:05 PM.


#6 Liquid Blue

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 09:32 PM

It's Windows XP Pro with SP3. I'm not sure what a GUI is.

7 takes a long time to boot up/resume/load things, and I'm not happy with the way the taskbar is now icons- I want all my windows down there, not icons of tabs to get to them, you know? Getting to customizing settings and anything in the Control Panel is confusing too. I learned to use my computer with XP, so that's probably why I'm getting confused and annoyed, but I don't want to have to deal with it taking me 10mins to figure out how to get my screensaver to change.

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 11:14 PM

remember floppy disc's?


you will need a floppy drive to install xp :huh:


The spec's I found listed a 4200 rpm sata hdd


no floppy drive


when/if you get used to 7 :huh: then sooner or later you will discover it is as light as xp also stronger, faster, smarter

more ram would not hurt, although 2gb is not bad- I would 'do' the 4200 rpm hdd up to 7200 for $80 at newegg- this will help quite a bit. The article I found the spec's in said changing hdd in this laptop was 10 minute job (even for the most technically phobic.)

here: http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=3886

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 11:21 PM

oh yeah almost forgot-

right click on the taskbar/properties- check- small icons-
taskbar buttons menu=never combine
un check use aero peek

You should be a bit happier now:-)

Also I love the sleep/WAKE UP NOW ability of w7- easy way to do this- same right click- start menu/ power button action= sleep

I only re-boot once in awhile-----

If the floppy thing will work out then check here--maybe that slim drive just doesn't like THAT disk- take it to another comp and put xp on a flash drive. then install it.

http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-softwa...-flash-pen.html

op- good program for standalone disks/ don't know about 'recovery' disks.........#2 this ms program only w7.......#3 looks good also- make .iso using imgburn good for combining two disks maybe- untried by me.

Edited by Bill1821, 30 March 2010 - 11:36 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2010 - 06:41 PM

Well...if you are serious about removing Win 7 and you have a valid MS XP Pro install CD and license...you will have to delete the Win 7 partition and everything on it...then partition/install XP from the XP CD.

You need to delete the current partition because, otherwise, the Win 7 bootloader will foil your efforts.

Drivers, http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/home.jsp

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 07:43 AM

I think we may have lost him at "floppy"

Are you still there?

Consider the HDD upgrade- going from a 4200 rpm disk to a 7200 rpm disk will really make a huge difference. You can keep your old one as a (really) full backup- I looked at newegg they have this for $65- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136279

Edited by Bill1821, 01 April 2010 - 07:53 AM.


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Posted 01 April 2010 - 09:24 AM

he last time i checked which was recently you Did not need a floppy to do an xp install.

EDIT:also as said a hard drive upgrade would do good and help your boot time also win 7 is awsome but i have my opinion and you have yours and i cant change your opinion.

Edited by computerxpds, 01 April 2010 - 09:27 AM.

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 12:52 PM

he last time i checked which was recently you Did not need a floppy to do an xp install.

EDIT:also as said a hard drive upgrade would do good and help your boot time also win 7 is awsome but i have my opinion and you have yours and i cant change your opinion.



I have always had to use a floppy to install Windows XP onto a computer with any RAID or SATA Controller.

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 02:47 PM

oh srry i forgot about raid and sata controllers my bad.
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Posted 02 April 2010 - 05:00 PM

It's Windows XP Pro with SP3. I'm not sure what a GUI is.


G.U.I. = Graphical User Interface
GUI




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