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Windows 7: Downgrading Windows 7 to Win XP (Without Windows.old)

07 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 32Bit
 
 
Downgrading Windows 7 to Win XP (Without Windows.old)

Can someone tell me how to downgrade my windows 7 to windows XP without the Windows.old folder?? i really want my windows XP back


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07 Aug 2011   #2
whs
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Before you do anything, check whether you can get all XP drivers for your PC. Since you obviously have a very recent PC, that is not a done deal.

But in any case make an image of your current Windows7 so that you can always go back in case the XP experiment does not work. Else, I think replacing Windows7 with XP is a BIG mistake.

How do you intend to install XP - that will depend whether you get the windows.old folder.
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07 Aug 2011   #3

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You need to Delete all partitions & format the HD drive at this screen:

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07 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 32Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Before you do anything, check whether you can get all XP drivers for your PC. Since you obviously have a very recent PC, that is not a done deal.

But in any case make an image of your current Windows7 so that you can always go back in case the XP experiment does not work. Else, I think replacing Windows7 with XP is a BIG mistake.

How do you intend to install XP - that will depend whether you get the windows.old folder.
Sir Windows XP is more convenient for me ... can you help me with this .. i really dont like windows 7 ..
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07 Aug 2011   #5

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07 Aug 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You need to Delete all partitions & format the HD drive at this screen:

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Sir the boot setup doesnt appear in my case..or should i say it doesnt boot -_- its like windows 7 is preventing me to downgrade ..

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07 Aug 2011   #7

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You can not install from Windows 7 decktop, need to boot the PC from Win XP CD.

How to Clean install Win XP:
XP Clean Install
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07 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 32Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You can not install from Windows 7 decktop, need to boot the PC from Win XP CD.
Sir I already did that.. but it only boots
windows 7 not my windows XP ..
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07 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 32Bit
 
 

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07 Aug 2011   #10

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When you boot the CD do you see this screen

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