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Windows 7: downgrading from windows 7 to windows xp pro


03 Feb 2010   #1

windows 7 64bit
 
 
downgrading from windows 7 to windows xp pro

just purchased my computer and it came with windows 7 home ed. 64 bit. i would like to re-format my hard drive to remove the 7 and install xp. having a hard time doing so because of a partion created by 7. any ideas how i can go about deleting it and then installing xp pro? sorry new to all this. thanks!!

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03 Feb 2010   #2

XP, Windows 7
 
 

Just download this :

Browse GParted Files on SourceForge.net

Burn the ISO to a CD and use the GNOME Partition Editor to delete/create partitions. Its quite self-explaining.
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03 Feb 2010   #3

windows 7 64bit
 
 

ingopan, thank you for the reply. could you please let me know where to find the "ISO" that i need to burn to a disc? and where do i find "GNOME partion editor"? sorry, new to this. thanks!!
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03 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mdr guamie View Post
ingopan, thank you for the reply. could you please let me know where to find the "ISO" that i need to burn to a disc? and where do i find "GNOME partion editor"? sorry, new to this. thanks!!
When you click that link you'll see a big, green download button. Click it, save the iso and then burn it to cd.
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03 Feb 2010   #5

windows 7 64bit
 
 

got it.. thanks! done. where do i go to find "gnome partition editor"?
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03 Feb 2010   #6

windows 7 64bit
 
 

sorry, i burned the ISO to the disc already. but there are no programs that would run that was burned to the disc. there are few files. could you please help me on what is the next step i need to do? sorry for all the newbie questions. thanks!!
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03 Feb 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Make your Recovery disks first. The Recovery partition will likely be disabled if you install XP over Windows 7.

Why do you want to abandon Windows 7, which is the future, to go back to an obolete OS?

Check this out: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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03 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I echo gregrocker. You should consider a dual boot system since you now have the latest OS.
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03 Feb 2010   #9

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mdr guamie View Post
just purchased my computer and it came with windows 7 home ed. 64 bit. i would like to re-format my hard drive to remove the 7 and install xp. having a hard time doing so because of a partion created by 7. any ideas how i can go about deleting it and then installing xp pro? sorry new to all this. thanks!!
Why do you what delete Win 7?

You can delete all the partitions at this screen.


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03 Feb 2010   #10

windows 7 64bit
 
 

unfortunately my solidworks 2009 and autocad 2009 does not work with windows 7. which was the main reason for the new computer. plus figured with the old OS, XP, all softwares work with it already. will look at the dual boost installation now. cant seem to get to the XP installation part that allows me to delete all the partitions. even set the startup on the BIOS to startup on the cd and not hard drive.
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