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huddiegirl, Jun 23, 8:49am
back to Windows XP? If so can you point me in the right direction, I'd very much appreciate it. I have too many programs and hardware that aren't compatible with W7 and it's driving me insane. THANKYOU.

lostdude, Jun 23, 8:50am
Is it a new PC? If so, I doubt it.

mone, Jun 23, 8:51am
Huh? You can install Win XP on any PC, as long as it meets the min system requirements

dunedin_ree, Jun 23, 8:52am
If you installed Win 7 over the top of XP you can't "undo" or "downgrade" it. There's no such thing.

You can install XP on the computer though as mone said.

r.g.nixon, Jun 23, 8:56am
Some laptops won't have XP drivers for some components.

lostdude, Jun 23, 8:59am
Yup & even some propriety PC systems won't have xp drivers either.

badcam, Jun 23, 9:07am
You could always UPGRADE to Linux.

Linux Mint would be a good first choice:

suicidemonkey, Jun 23, 11:08am
"Upgrade" is your opinion. In my opinion, that would be a downgrade, especially for someone like the OP which obviously has a limited knowledge of computers and would benefit from the user-friendlyness of Win7 (no offence intended).

dunedin_ree, Jun 23, 11:12am
They said "back to XP" which suggests XP was on it before.

huddiegirl, Jun 23, 7:55pm
ooops sorry, I was called away last night - my apologies for not answering Q. s. I have a new PC, it came with Windows 7 installed. I want to replace that with XP.

vtecintegra, Jun 23, 7:56pm
You shouldn't.

Replace any software that simply won't work (it'll be because its poorly written anyway)

r.g.nixon, Jun 23, 7:58pm
Is it a laptop or a desktop? Some of us may have a dead computer with an XP COA sticker that you could buy to use.

vtecintegra, Jun 23, 8:03pm
No the XP OEM COA is not transferable. You can not sell it.

slowenemy, Jun 23, 8:03pm
If your hard drive is SATA you wont be able to install XP straight on to it, You'll need an XP disk with SATA Drivers on it.
However, You can Install XP straight onto an IDE hard drive.

I agree with Vtecintegra tho.

drcspy, Jun 23, 8:12pm
ok the best thing you can do is to get a tech to partition the system and setup xp on the 2nd partition as a dual boot system... ... Thus you'll have BOTH xp and win7 on the computer and can, at startup choose which you want to log onto... ... . . it's a superior idea as you're not 'burning your bridges' by wiping 7 and then trying to get xp running etc... ... ... ... . it's not difficult either

pcfix4u, Jun 23, 8:13pm
What make and model is your computer. ? ? ? ?

What programs and devices dont work with Win7? ? ?

r.g.nixon, Jun 23, 8:14pm
It worked for me in March. Brand new computer. XP Pro CD (original, not even SP1 version)

badcam, Jun 23, 8:15pm
Of course it's my opinion. That's why I said it.

I disagree. Something like Linux Mint would probably be ideal for someone like the OP. More information is needed of course.

If the OP insists on downgrading to XP, good on them, but why do that when there are better alternatives. Just staying with Windows 7 is a better alternative. XP will soon no longer be supported, security wise, by M$. It's well known for it's security flaws and still unresolved zero day exploits. The more people that look towards moving to Linux, the better, I say.

I also completely disagree with your statement about W7 being more user-friendly than Linux. My experience, through having to constantly sort out friends PC's, tells me otherwise. Those that I know, that have moved onto Linux don't have anywhere never the issues or problems compare to Win7 users, let alone Windows users.

Moving back to XP is a retrograde step. Rather than getting upset that I should dare have the temerity to advocate Linux, you, suicidemonkey, should be either supporting my suggestion or spending your time trying to convince the OP to stick with Windows 7. I suppose though, you're happy for them to go back to XP.

r.g.nixon, Jun 23, 8:31pm
And if the OP has 4GB of RAM, XP would only use 3 to 3. 5GB of it.
- Ubuntu is the best if you are not a gamer.
- Windows 7 is the best otherwise.

drcspy, Jun 23, 8:34pm
depends on whether it's ide emulated in bios... .

bidda2, Jun 23, 9:00pm
Well, XP 32 bit would only use 3GB of it. I don't think there are that many 64 bit copies of XP around though.

badcam, Jun 23, 9:08pm
So you have old hardware you're trying to use. what is it? Makes and Model numbers please. Also, what software isn't working? that's usually quite a simple fix.

gibler, Jun 23, 9:11pm
slowenemy wrote:
If your hard drive is SATA you wont be able to install XP straight on to it, You'll need an XP disk with SATA Drivers on it.
However, You can Install XP straight onto an IDE hard drive.

Er, what? Many machines will have a SATA compatibility mode you can set in the bios. With a bit of cunning you can enable AHCI after XP is installed.

pyro_sniper2002, Jun 23, 9:39pm
Is there any specific reason you want xp? just used to it or bit of software not working on 7? ?

huddiegirl, Jun 23, 11:13pm
thanks everyone, I think I'll go with what drcspy said about getting a tech to partition the system - sounds like a good solution. For those asking, it is a desktop, HP2009f - none of my kids CD ROMs will work on it because W7 doesn't support them, my HP all-in-one printer can't be installed forthe same reason and a few other minor things. I was only saying I wanted to revert back to XP because thats what was on my last PC when everything worked. Obviously I am ignorant about anything other than the basics. I really appreciate all your posts though, it's always very helpful in here. Thanks.

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