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Windows 7: Trying To Downgrade To XP

06 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7
Trying To Downgrade To XP

I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate, and I want to downgrade back to Windows XP. I lost my XP disk but I have an .iso that I backed up (Still have my serial key). But when I run setup.exe from the .iso its shaded out where it says "Install Windows XP." How do I reinstall Windows XP from an .iso file on Windows 7!?

Please Help!

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06 Dec 2009   #2


Burn the ISO to CD using Imgburn at 4X speed with Verify. It never fails.

Boot from the CD, delete partitions, create New as desired, full format and install.

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06 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Burn it to a CD...unlike Windows Vista and 7, Windows XP requires access to an installation CD at all times.
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06 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7

Is it possible to make a bootable partition so I can install it on my second partition?
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06 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Windows XP requires access to an installation CD at all times.
Well when I was using Windows XP I was aloud to reinstall from the iso though.
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