Hate Vista? If your PC is running Microsoft Windows Vista Business or Windows Ultimate and you're fed up with the OS you may be able to ditch Vista for XP Pro. Microsoft is quietly allowing you to downgrade to Windows XP Pro.
Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Lenovo are just a few of the system manufacturers offering downgrades. Each of these PC makers offer an XP Pro recovery disc to those who request one that can be used to revert a Vista machine to XP Pro.
Dell, HP, and Lenovo customers can request a Windows XP Pro recovery disc to be included with their purchase of a Vista machine - should they want to revert in the future. Customers who already have purchased a Vista-PC can request an XP Pro recovery CD for between $15 to $20 by calling technical support.
I followed the instruction on this site, http://www.dell-m1330-info.com/dell_...indows_xp.html
to downgrade to xp. Everything seems fine. I downloaded the drivers and everything. but the thing is that it's EXTREMELY!!!! s...l.....o.....w. it's even slower than those old computers I dont know what the problem is. Is it something I did in the BIOS?
I delete all the partitions except the C drive when it asked me, so Im not sure if that has anything to do with it.
My 1730 is "In Production" (whatever that means) and I specifically got one with Vista Ultimate so I could use downgrade rights to run XP for a while longer.
Anyone know how I go about exercising these downgrade rights?
I will need a CD Key to install XP Pro, how do I go about obtaining one? Is this a call to Microsoft? Dell? I don't need any media; I have several Microsoft XP OEM CD's from various systems I have built over the years and I have already downloaded all the XP drivers for the 1730 from Dell's site.
what Sony's policy (Sony USA) is on providing a 32-bit version of Vista with the laptops that now only include the 64-bit version (such as the Sony VAIO Z7xx series)?
From the information I have come across, apparently it is at your laptop manufacturer's discretion to provide you with a 32-bit OEM copy (which would also need a different product key than the one provided with the laptop for the 64-bit version, since it is OEM and not retail) or leave you to purchase your own copy. Does anyone have experience with Sony in this regard?
if the Windows 7 upgrade kit will also be 64-bit only?
trying to "Downgrade" my Laptop from Vista to XP, I have a legal copy of XP and when I boot from disk it wont install it just says that it cannot find a HD to install to. I downloaded a copy of XP to see if my disc was just broken or something and it let me format my HD and install XP, the only problem i have with that is i wont be able to perform updates and i only have a small screen in the middle of my display (i assume this is because some drivers are missing) also i cant connect to the internet because there are drivers missing. I have been on the sony website and downloaded some but they dont work, i think its because there designed for Vista.
So my question is this, does anyone know how I can get my LEGAL copy of XP to install and also does anyone know where I can get compatible drivers for it? My Laptop is VGN-NR38E/S.
I've tried searching on how to do this. Every time I try and downgrade, it looks like it works then all of a sudden it goes to the blue screen that says something like windows will have to shut down to prevent blah blah
I've my VAIO SR290NTB, it came with vista business preinstalled only without the XP downgrade disk. I can order the CD from their web site. but i'm wondering if i ordered the disk does it mean i don't have the license to use vista again. or i will have both windows versions licensed.
I' got a new VGN-FW375J laptop, it was cheap, but I would like to downgrade Vista Home to XP, and need drivers.
I have an original XP Disk but that does not installing. because first I need to download somewhere a driver to Blue-Ray disk driver, to unpack my XP disk and to incorporate there that driver and burn a new boot disk.
But the first a have to be sure that there are all driver for this laptop or it will be a waist of time.
I own an Acer Aspire Timeline 3810tz. My laptop did not come with an optical drive and now I'm wondering how I might go about downgrading it from Vista to Windows XP? I have already purchased a USB Cd-Rom drive and skimmed through some nLite articles, but I'm still getting the blue screen 0x0000007B error. I'm guessing it has to do something with the SATA/AHCI driver but I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
*During my XP install I changed the SATA Mode from AHCI to IDE
*I think I might be using the wrong driver, but I'm not entirely sure.
i've completed the downgrade of vista to xp successfully Except for the OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller exclamation point!
using siw.exe i see it's an: OHCI Firewire Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE-1394 Controller. i've tried downloading every ricoh driver i can find and none of them have any inf files showing anything IEEE. the rest of the card reader files are there just no 1394...
I have deleted Word & Excel from my laptop by accident. Is there any way I can get them back without having to purchase Office?
Also, whilst searching Dell Service Center, I opted to download Dell System Detect but when I try to install it, I get a message, "Unable to install, requires Version4.0 Full or other .NET Framework". As a novice, I don't know what this means.
I switched from Office 2008 to Office 2004 because of visual basic. However, I am really annoyed with Office 2004. Unlike Windows counterpart or Office 2008, the toolbars are detached from the main window. I can't seem to figure out how to dock it either.
My wifes' laptop will boot up and work most programs except Microsoft Outlook (get a NOT RESPONDING) note and the cursor just keeps spinning round and round, and also on Internet Explorer, I get the same message (NOT RESPONDING) and that is if I can get Explorer to even open. Both will not shut down until I force a shutdown. I have left it overnight and it will still be NOT RESPONDING and spinning cursor 8-10 hours later. Weird thing is if I start either in SAFEMODE, they both open, run and work fine.
I bought a dell inspiron 3520 recently. It has windows 8 installed. When i try to activate Microsoft office, it asks me for product key. My laptop does not have a COA sticked to it and i did not get a MPI card with the package delivered where this info is available.
I just purchased a new HP ENVY M6 Notebook with windows 8. I have downloaded Microsoft office but I cannot find it to use it. It is not showing on the desktop. How do I find the icon and the programs that downloaded?