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Installing Windows Xp..


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#1 Bebeau

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 05:33 PM

Hello,

I just bought a new PC but it has Windows Vista, but I want to buy windows xp.I do not like Windows Vista..Can you just buy the software and easily install it without messing up my PC.

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 05:43 PM

You can't down-grade a computer but you can wipe the harddrive clean and start fresh. Just put the Windows XP CD in the tray and boot from it. It'll load all its drivers and what-not and than you'll see all the options of either wiping it clean, partitioning it, and all that fun stuff. For all intensive purposes, leave it only one partition. After the harddrive is wiped, you may proceed to format and install Windows XP! For the most part after that, it's automatic, but you will need to choose a network and name the computer and time zone and all that. I suggest though, when you get to this part, make a password.

There, installing XP in a nutshell. If you want to keep any data that's already on there, you need to burn it to a CD or put it on an external HD, if you have one. Once you erase the harddrive and install Windows, there's no easy way back.

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 06:25 PM

Thanks so much for helping me out! I was stressing out over this :thumbsup: I am going to go buy it tomorrow and will let ya know how it goes!

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 08:25 PM

FWIW - what are you going to do when Vista matures enough to use? I'd suggest making recovery disks of the Vista installation before formatting - that way you'll be able to go back to Vista later on if you want to.
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