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Windows 7: How do I go back to XP?


17 Aug 2009   #1

Dual Boot Windows 7 Build 7600 RTM 32-bit and Ubuntu Linux
 
 
How do I go back to XP?

I have the Windows 7 Build 7100 32-bit installed and I would like to go back to XP. When I tried to simply install xp it said that it couldn't install because I am running a newer version of windows. Help please.

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17 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Did you do an upgrade? You could simply re-install XP on a formatted drive.
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17 Aug 2009   #3

Dual Boot Windows 7 Build 7600 RTM 32-bit and Ubuntu Linux
 
 

No I did a clean install.
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17 Aug 2009   #4

 

You are attempting to install XP from within 7. Set your BIOS to boot from CD/DVD.

Then, you will see -
Press any key to boot from CD...
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17 Aug 2009   #5

Dual Boot Windows 7 Build 7600 RTM 32-bit and Ubuntu Linux
 
 

Ok. How would I go about doing that.
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17 Aug 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

When you first turn on your computer and the BIOS screens come up, it will say something like Press delete or F2 to enter setup. From within setup, find the screen that talks about boot order and make sure that it says CDROM or DVDROM before the hard drive. Then simply boot the machine with the XP cd in it and perform a new clean install.
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17 Aug 2009   #7

Dual Boot Windows 7 Build 7600 RTM 32-bit and Ubuntu Linux
 
 

OK. Thanks alot you were alot of help.
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17 Aug 2009   #8

Dual Boot Windows 7 Build 7600 RTM 32-bit and Ubuntu Linux
 
 

Whenever I start up my computer, there is no BIOS screen. It first shows the HP Invent Screen then goes straight from that to Starting Windows. Do I need to first uninstall windows 7 and, if so, how?
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17 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It's likely a matter of pressing F8 repeatedly when you boot. If your BIOS doesn't have a 'Quick Boot' function (normally F8) then you need to instruct the BIOS which device to boot from. Hitting the "DELETE" key, or sometimes even the "F2" or "F12" key when you first turn the computer on should present you with the BIOS options. Once in the BIOS, you want to assign your DVD drive to be first in the 'boot priority' menu. Look in the advanced BIOS menu. If the XP CD is in the drive, you should be able to 'boot from CD' next time.
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18 Aug 2009   #10

Dual Boot Windows 7 Build 7600 RTM 32-bit and Ubuntu Linux
 
 

I finally got the BIOS screen open and changed the dvdrom drive to priority 1. I also enabled the boot screen so it lets me choose what to boot from each time I turn the computer on. So I turned it on and selected DVD Drive as where I wanted to boot from and it just went to the screen Starting Windows. The XP CD is in the DVD Drive and I tried it in the CDROM drive and it did the same thing. I don't know what to do now.
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