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Windows 7: Downgrading from Win 7 to Win Xp

17 Dec 2012   #1
n0br41ner

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 
Downgrading from Win 7 to Win Xp

Hello dear users,

I come to you today for help regarding the following matter. I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit installed on my computer. I would like to downgrade to Win Xp for several reasons. I do know that i have to search for the required drivers (for windows xp of course) and download them to install after i install windows XP.

My problem is that i do not know what drivers i need to search for since my computer is custom built by a friend of mine that, unfortunately, i do not talk to anymore. I am not very good with computers, but i do know how to install a copy of windows.

My question is, can someone help me identify what audio, display, ...etc drivers i need to search for?

I have updated my system spec using the automated mode.

Regards,
n0br41ner


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17 Dec 2012   #2
robinb9

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit/64bit
 
 

What I do not understand is why windows 7 did not find the drivers you need through windows update? Did you run windows updates to see what additional drivers you need? Yo can also go into device manager and look for updated drivers. Why go back to XP? It is only going to be supported for another 2 yrs, also you can install Virtual XP as long as your copy of windows 7 is an official copy.
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17 Dec 2012   #3
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by n0br41ner View Post
Hello dear users,

I come to you today for help regarding the following matter. I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit installed on my computer. I would like to downgrade to Win Xp for several reasons. I do know that i have to search for the required drivers (for windows xp of course) and download them to install after i install windows XP.

My problem is that i do not know what drivers i need to search for since my computer is custom built by a friend of mine that, unfortunately, i do not talk to anymore. I am not very good with computers, but i do know how to install a copy of windows.

My question is, can someone help me identify what audio, display, ...etc drivers i need to search for?

I have updated my system spec using the automated mode.

Regards,
n0br41ner
It may not be much of an issue. I suggest you install XP and when the system boots it will use generic drivers, which usually work without issue. If you experience a problem with any of the devices, post back with specifics.

HTH
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17 Dec 2012   #4
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
What I do not understand is why windows 7 did not find the drivers you need through windows update? Did you run windows updates to see what additional drivers you need? Yo can also go into device manager and look for updated drivers. Why go back to XP? It is only going to be supported for another 2 yrs, also you can install Virtual XP as long as your copy of windows 7 is an official copy.
The OP didn't state there are any problems with his current install of Windows 7 or the drivers associated with it.

FYI:
Usually the windows updates have drivers that lag behind the manufacturers' driver releases on their website; I would recommend going to the manufacturers website for the latest drivers.
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18 Dec 2012   #5
robinb9

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit/64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
What I do not understand is why windows 7 did not find the drivers you need through windows update? Did you run windows updates to see what additional drivers you need? Yo can also go into device manager and look for updated drivers. Why go back to XP? It is only going to be supported for another 2 yrs, also you can install Virtual XP as long as your copy of windows 7 is an official copy.
The OP didn't state there are any problems with his current install of Windows 7 or the drivers associated with it.


FYI:
Usually the windows updates have drivers that lag behind the manufacturers' driver releases on their website; I would recommend going to the manufacturers website for the latest drivers.
True but if he goes into Device Manager he can see the name of the manufacturer for the hardware installed and possibly the version and then he can go to their website for updated drivers.

He did say that he did not know which drivers he needed. Even if he goes back to XP he will still need the drivers for his OS, it might be easier for him to find or not.
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18 Dec 2012   #6
gregrocker

 

Use an XP SP3 disk. If it bluescreens or can't see the HD partitions then it will need the mobo's XP SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD.

Then after install provide any drivers which aren't supplied by Windows Updates by searching the Device manufacturer's Support Downloads for XP drivers for the make/model Device. If any devices are Unknown you can trace them using Hardware Identification.
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