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Windows 7: Can I buy a new laptop that has W7 and reinstall XP onto it?

12 Dec 2011   #1
alan0354

Windows 7 64bits
 
 
Can I buy a new laptop that has W7 and reinstall XP onto it?

I have alot of old programs that worked on XP computers and won't install into my new Windows 7 laptop. Can I install XP back to my new computer. I am even willing to buy a new laptop just to install back the XP. Please advice what laptop I need to buy and what version of XP home or XP Pro do I need to buy.

I did bought a HP desktop in 2009 that is downgraded to XP Pro. I have the HP Restore Plus! DVD and Operating System CD of XP Pro Service Pack 2 that came with it. Can I buy a new HP W7 laptop and use these two CDs to downgrade to XP Pro?


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12 Dec 2011   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan0354 View Post
I have alot of old programs that worked on XP computers and won't install into my new Windows 7 laptop. Can I install XP back to my new computer. I am even willing to buy a new laptop just to install back the XP. Please advice what laptop I need to buy and what version of XP home or XP Pro do I need to buy.

I did bought a HP desktop in 2009 that is downgraded to XP Pro. I have the HP Restore Plus! DVD and Operating System CD of XP Pro Service Pack 2 that came with it. Can I buy a new HP W7 laptop and use these two CDs to downgrade to XP Pro?
No need to install XP as a dual boot. You can run a virtual XP machine if your hardware supports it (64 bit usually does)
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12 Dec 2011   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

It seems a shame to buy a new laptop and get rid of Windows 7, which is such a good operating system.

Why don't you just dual-boot Windows 7 and Windows XP, as this tutorial explains.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

You could also use XP Mode with Virtual PC, but you would take a performance hit when using XP Mode.

Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup
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12 Dec 2011   #4
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan0354 View Post
I have alot of old programs that worked on XP computers and won't install into my new Windows 7 laptop. Can I install XP back to my new computer. I am even willing to buy a new laptop just to install back the XP. Please advice what laptop I need to buy and what version of XP home or XP Pro do I need to buy.

I did bought a HP desktop in 2009 that is downgraded to XP Pro. I have the HP Restore Plus! DVD and Operating System CD of XP Pro Service Pack 2 that came with it. Can I buy a new HP W7 laptop and use these two CDs to downgrade to XP Pro?
Just upgrade to win 7 Pro, and install XP mode to run those programs,

Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup
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12 Dec 2011   #5
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

The only problem nowadays would be drivers. There might not be suitable XP drivers for your new laptop.
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12 Dec 2011   #6
alan0354

Windows 7 64bits
 
 

Thanks for the reply. I am keeping my W7 laptop, I am more thinking about buying a new laptop to downgrade to XP. The cost of the new laptop is so small compare to the cost of the old program. I actually want to buy a new one so it will last a long time. I will just get harder if I face this two years later and try to buy a XP computer.

I have the Virtual XP, it behave funny sometimes and also the aspect ratio of the graphs is off on one program. A circle became an elipse!!!

They still sell the "Off Least" XP laptop, should I buy one of those instead?
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12 Dec 2011   #7
alan0354

Windows 7 64bits
 
 

I am even willing to try installing XP onto my few months old HP laptop. My question is how can I save my Bookmarks info so if it fail, I can re-install the W7 and load back the bookmarks.
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12 Dec 2011   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan0354 View Post
My question is how can I save my Bookmarks info so if it fail, I can re-install the W7 and load back the bookmarks.
What browser do you use?
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12 Dec 2011   #9
alan0354

Windows 7 64bits
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan0354 View Post
My question is how can I save my Bookmarks info so if it fail, I can re-install the W7 and load back the bookmarks.
What browser do you use?
Firefox.
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12 Dec 2011   #10
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan0354 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan0354 View Post
My question is how can I save my Bookmarks info so if it fail, I can re-install the W7 and load back the bookmarks.
What browser do you use?
Firefox.
Here you go,

Firefox Bookmarks - Export (Backup) and Import (Restore)
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