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Windows 7: Backgrade to WinXP over Win7

06 Nov 2012   #1
gerrard

Windows 7 Ultimate 32b
 
 
Backgrade to WinXP over Win7

Hello,

I'd like to have XP over Win7.
1 HDD with 2 partitions - C: win7 and F: storage.
How can I reinstall WinXP on C? Not dual but INSTEAD of Win7.
(I don't want to backup F to an external drive if it is not necessary)
I tried with BIOS but no SATA configuration as others suggested. It is Award BIOS 6.00.

Thanks


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06 Nov 2012   #2
edwar

7 x64
 
 

You will need to Format the C partition then use a Disk/Partitioning program to get rid of the 100MB System Reserve partition and combine it into the C, FIRST, partition on the drive then install XP and all you program.

That is "IF" you system, all the hardware, has XP drivers available for it/them. If not then you are kind of stuck with Win 7. But you can make it act and look like XP with Classic Shell.
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06 Nov 2012   #3
gerrard

Windows 7 Ultimate 32b
 
 

OK thanks.
But how to make C not to be active? because I did not succeed.
What kind of drivers do you think of? I had this same XP until Feb/March this year.
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06 Nov 2012   #4
edwar

7 x64
 
 

You have to use a Boot CD/DVD or thumb drive that has a partitioning program on it to format the C drive. You can't so it from inside Windows. Also you could use the XP install disk but you have to be careful not to delete the other partition on the drive.

If you already had Xp on that system then you more then likely had al the drivers for the hardware for XP. So they are available someplace.
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06 Nov 2012   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware.
If your Win XP CD, does not support your Sata Controller, you will need to load drivers to uses at F6.
Load Sata Controller drivers with a floppy disk is the best way.
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
or
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

How to install Win XP, tutorial:
How to Install Windows XP
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06 Nov 2012   #6
gerrard

Windows 7 Ultimate 32b
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edwar View Post
You have to use a Boot CD/DVD or thumb drive that has a partitioning program on it to format the C drive. You can't so it from inside Windows. Also you could use the XP install disk but you have to be careful not to delete the other partition on the drive.

If you already had Xp on that system then you more then likely had al the drivers for the hardware for XP. So they are available someplace.
Hi edwar

I have Ultimate Boot CD. Which software of the CD should I use for formatting and making partitions? There are a few of them and I don't know which one is the best/safest.
(I tried to boot from XP CD but Win7 loaded - not a surprise..)

Thanks
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06 Nov 2012   #7
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Not sure the Ultimate CD has a partitioning program on it. Try this one.
EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition - CNET Download.com

Then there is Partition Magic and there may be one listed in the tutorials on this forum.
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06 Nov 2012   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Use the partitioning tool in Win XP setup.
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06 Nov 2012   #9
gerrard

Windows 7 Ultimate 32b
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Use the partitioning tool in Win XP setup.
theog:
How to load XP setup?
I changed at BIOS for first boot CD (WinXP) , HDD boot disabled - and Win7 was loaded.
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06 Nov 2012   #10
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gerrard View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Use the partitioning tool in Win XP setup.
theog:
How to load XP setup?
I changed at BIOS for first boot CD (WinXP) , HDD boot disabled - and Win7 was loaded.

Well then you did save the changes. Most all PCs have the ability to bring up a one time Boot Menu by hitting one of the F function keys or a key combo. Try using that and watch the screen for a prompt that says something like "Boot From CD hit any key". If you miss that prompt the system will just boot off the HDD.
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