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Windows 7: Win7 back to Win XP.

09 Apr 2009   #1

Well its not POS Vista lol : )
Win7 back to Win XP.

I installed Windows 7.
I tried to reinstall WinXP.
Came across a Copy File error.
Verified that it wasnt the DVD. or Drive. (Tried multipul Devices, etc etc.)
(Both ended up working after a format also.)

Am I going to be forced to format my entire hard drive in order to
get Win XP back ?

Im just curious.
Id rather not reinstall 100 gigs worth of Crap X_x. EtcEtc.

Sry. Im sure this answer is out there. Most of the time they say you just cant.


Can you reinstall Win XP over Win 7 ? Without formatting?
Last time I tried I got a copy file error.

Do we know when the Win 7 Beta ends?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

09 Apr 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2

Last Question First the original Beta will time-out on or shortly after July 1 2009, However the current thinking the the forthcoming RC build will run until July 2010.

As with most if not all operating systems you will not be able to "Upgrade" to an earlier version, without reformatting the system drive.

One option is to either run a dual boot system or at least separate your Data from your System by the use of partitioning.

Depending on the space you have available on the drive and it's layout It may be possible to partition the drive in a way to allow you to install a dual boot of XP on your machine.

If you can provide further details as to your complete situation we will try to advise a more specific option
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Apr 2009   #3


Microsoft is already putting it into hte works (according to the rumor mill) about informing users that you should not / cannot upgrade from a beta version of Win 7 to the final....
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Apr 2009   #4

Well its not POS Vista lol : )

Did anyone read the question?

Im using Windows 7.
I want to go back to WinXP when 7 beta ends.
Just be reinstalling XP over 7.

Last time I tried that, I got a "cant copy file error".
while installing Xp back OVER Windows 7.

Will I not be able to just Overwrite Windows 7 with a win xp?

How do i put win XP back without reformating OR messing with partitions?
Ill just change primary partitions if i have too.

But I dont see why winXP cant just overwrite Windows 7.
I doubt there is any reason it "cant" happen.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2009   #5

Win7 Ultimate x64 on Desktop / Win7 Ultimate x86 on laptop / Win7 x86 Starter on Netbook

Barman58 has already answered your question.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2009   #6


You cannot install XP over Windows 7 and expect it to work. I hope that makes much more sense.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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