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Windows 7: Downgrade from Windows 7 to XP?

09 Jan 2010   #1
Jbte

Windows 7
 
 
Downgrade from Windows 7 to XP?

I have a HP p6230y computer, need to know what drivers do I need to downgrade to XP also if it possible any details for doing so... thanks!


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09 Jan 2010   #2
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

I would check the manus website they should have the drivers on there
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09 Jan 2010   #3
Martin

7 Ultimate x64 RTM 7600.16385
 
 

Plus you can only downgrade to Windows Xp x64 since your pc its loaded with 8GB of ram. So IMO it woul be better to stay with Windows 7
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09 Jan 2010   #4
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Please fill out the system specs.

Is this a new computer that came with Windows 7?

If so you will need to go to HP's web site and look it up to see if they have the drivers for Windows XP. Many of the laptop/notebook/netbooks vendors no longer have drivers for machines loaded with Windows 7. I have run into this several times, where special software would not work in Windows 7 so they needed to downgrade, then we found out we could not load XP on the machine because there were no drivers. If HP has the drivers you will need to download them and copy them to floppy disks, especially the drivers for the Hard Drive controller, Video Card, and Network Card. Once you have those 3 running you can download the rest from the internet, etc. However I would have them ready on a USB drive much better than downloading while setting up the machine fresh. Make sure you apply service pack 3 as soon as possible so you will have base firewall protection before you go surfing the internet.

Good Luck.
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09 Jan 2010   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Have you considered putting XP on in a dual boot so you can choose between the two?

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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11 Jan 2010   #6
Lucky098

 

you can downgrade to XP but remember MS stop support XP SP2 by July 2010 and then SP3 by 2014 so wont support after 2014 so best stay with Win 7 but that up to you to decide.
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11 Jan 2010   #7
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Product Specifications HP Pavilion p6230y Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (Canada - English)

and yes there are XP drivers for it directly from ATI (both video and motherboard). And if you do install XP you might as well pull 5 GB of ram as XP will neither see nor use it.
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12 Jan 2010   #8
adoboy86

Windows 7
 
 

Why on earth would you want to downgrade? Half of the people on this site are trying to upgrade. haha
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12 Jan 2010   #9
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lucky098 View Post
you can downgrade to XP but remember MS stop support XP SP2 by July 2010 and then SP3 by 2014 so wont support after 2014 so best stay with Win 7 but that up to you to decide.
Hi there
I doubt if I'll still be using ANY of my current hardware in 2014.

However why not run XP as a Virtual machine -- W7 X-64 with 8GB RAM can run a WHOLE SLEW of XP virtual machines.

A big problem with running XP on modern hardware is that disk drives are SATA -- if you've got SATA drives then unless you do a bit of "Slipstreaming" and "Vlite-ing" of your XP install disk before installing then XP won't find any HDD's.

Running XP's as Virtual machines won't have this problem -- and you can tailor each XP virtual machine to run exactly how you want.

I'd go down this route if I were you -- It's VERY easy to create XP virtual machines with VBOX or VMWARE.

Cheers
jimbo
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