Sony :: 'Downgrade' From Vista To XP

May 20, 2009

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.

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Sony :: Vista 64-bit To 32-bit Downgrade

Jul 12, 2009

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?

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Sony :: Vaio Z11 Xp Downgrade From Vista

Feb 18, 2009

i've just downgraded my vaio z11wn/b to XP because i really don't like vista...

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Jun 30, 2009

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

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Sony :: How To Downgrade From Vista To Xp For SZ670n

Jan 24, 2010

provide the process?

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Sony :: The Downgrade Xp With VAIO Vista Business

Apr 28, 2009

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.

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Sony :: VGN-FW375J Downgrade Vista To XP, Drivers

Mar 2, 2009

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.

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Dell :: XP Downgrade Vs. Vista

May 23, 2009

About to purchase a new E6400 and still deciding which operating system.

I noticed that I have a choice to downgrade to windows XP which I am extremely familiar and happy with. Im not familiar that much with Vista and I am concerned with all the complaints I hear.

I definitely expect to upgrade to Windows 7 when available in the winter.

Im just not sure which operating system i should go with now until then.
Did anyone else have this delemna?

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Acer :: Downgrade From Vista 64 To 32 Bit

Sep 7, 2009

I have an Aspire Timeline 3810T that came preloaded with Vista Premium 64 bit. Is there a way to downgrade to 32bit?

If not I assume I can install my XP on this machine?

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Dell :: Downgrade From Vista To XP On XPS 1530M

May 16, 2009

I have tried to install XP on a new hard drive in my XPS 1530, but it seems to not finish the install. I've changed the controller to ATA so that XP can see the HDD.

I've even tried to install Linux, but it will freeze during setup. Can someone help me please. This is a clean install, so I don't need any dual-boot instructions.

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Dell :: Xps M1330 Vista Downgrade To Xp!

Mar 30, 2009

I followed the instruction on this site,

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.

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Dell :: Microsoft Vista Downgrade

Sep 25, 2007


Seems MS has caved in,

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.

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Dell :: Vista Ultimate Downgrade Rights

Jun 10, 2008

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.

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HP/Compaq :: Downgrade From Vista To Xp On HPDV 9646 Em

Apr 13, 2009

to successfully downgrade from Vista to XP on this machine?

If so can you supply a posotive web link where to find the right drivers,so all devices in the device driver section are activated & don't have any exclamation marks present.

I know there is a thread on HP's website & its not very instructive,it seems a bit hit & miss.

If you get it right ,you get it right!

I managed a couple of tries,but always ended up without a network controller &

some device called unibrian pc 1394 missing!

Amongst other devices not working - no sound .

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Acer :: Missing To Downgrade Vista To Xp Is The Sata Controller

Nov 14, 2008

The only thing Im missing to downgrade vista to xp is the sata controller I cant find it anywhere for the Extensa 4630Z.

I found Slipstream drivers but it was for downgrading a acer aspire laptop and they didnt work.

I checked intel's site for sata controller drivers they arent there.

When tried slipstream drivers I found filename called " iaahci.inf " I used nlite to intergrate them on cd im still getting a blue screen so they arent compatible.

Why doesnt acer's support site have these sata drivers?

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Acer :: Aspire Timeline 3810tz Vista To XP Downgrade

Aug 28, 2009

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.

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HP/Compaq :: DV6629WM Vista Downgrade To XP Complete Except 1394

Aug 12, 2009

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...

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Sony :: Anybody Has Win XP Downgrade Disc?

Feb 18, 2009

Does anybody have Sony Win XP Downgrade Disc for their notebooks?

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Feb 9, 2009

Does anybody own XP Downgrade disc for FW? Which model of FW you have and how did you get it?

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Jul 6, 2009

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I have a xp disc with sata driver...But it s say F3 and quit insta...

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Sony :: VGN-Z610Y/B Downgrade To XP OS

Mar 18, 2009

I plan to buy the Sony Z610Y/B in Bestbuy and downgrade the OS from 64bit vista to 32bit XP. Is it possible? I also would like to know if the downgrade DVD come with the laptop or not.

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Sony :: VGN TZ330E XP Downgrade

May 28, 2010

I have spent many hours trying to downgrade my TZ330E from Vista to XP. I need to load a couple of programs that will not work under Vista. I have all the XP files from Sony esupport ready to go and a valid XP installation cd. However, when the XP installer finally runs I get an abort message "A problem has been detected and Windows..." with the error message:
STOP: 7B-F78DA63C-C0000034-0-0. The disk is partitioned: C=20G, D=74G. The machine works fine under Vista.

I assume it is something to do with the disk, but I have tried downloading a variety of Sony drivers for Raid and SATA disks and using the F6 and S options but to no avail. Sony says the TZ330E disk drive is "ultra ATA" which I thought the XP installer should know about.

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Sony :: Does The Z11 WN Come With An Xp Downgrade Disk

Jan 4, 2009

I am hoping to avoid Vista all together and jump straight from XP to 9. I am sure I have read in some reviews that the Z comes with a downgrade disk but I now can't find mention of it! does it?

Also if you do downgrade do all the features like speed/stamina mode etc... work as they do under Vista?

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Sony :: Z540Window XP Pro Downgrade

Feb 19, 2009

My z540 seem to have an great deal of unwillingness to install window xp pro.

1. Blue screened right after it boot into the installation disk

2. Blue screened right before where you would go partition the drive

3. Black screen right after restart from copying files to hardrive - does not want to boot

What is going on? is my z540 curses? Or is there others?

I had the laptop warranty once already for other reason (keyboard and screen problem) cough. and they also ran a diagnostic check on hardware and it passed everything.

I am so tired of vista kept bugging out on me - half the time , my fn keys and stamina/speed switch does not even work after i used for a couple of days -.- and other reasons

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Sony :: SZ71 XP Downgrade

Mar 3, 2009

I needed to downgrade one of my SZ's to XP, and all went fine until the network driver install - but the automated driver install for the rest of the components seems not to have 'taken'. I followed the instructions to the letter and every time I boot Windows it asks me for the drivers fo the video, fingerprint reader, sound, etc etc.

What did I do wrong, and how do I get around it? It was for a piece of software which is XP only that I'm required to run, but if I can't solve this easily I'm just going to say to the guy I only run Vista and let him worry about it.

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Sony :: Vaio VGN-FW373J/B Downgrade To XP

May 13, 2009

I just got a Sony Vaio VGN-FW373J/B. I figured I'll give Vista a try but I hate it.

I would like to know if anybody tried downgrading this model to XP? Sony tech support told me they don't have the downgrade DVDs for this model

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Sony :: FW31M Successful Xp Downgrade

Jun 28, 2009

(edit1 updated findings)

- Vista's Ramblings
I recently got a brand new VGN-FW31M laptop. When the power button was pressed for the first time, the Vista tyrrany started to uncompress itself... After waiting patiently for 15-20 minutes, the entire process was completed. This notebook has some muscle in it so vista should be no problem for it. The experience was a bitter-sweet disappointment. I am a power user and I don't like junk applications and sloppy OSes. The preconfigured installation was infested with sony's garbage plus tons of other trial and advertising stuff. Disgusted with all this mayhem, I rebooted the system to test it's responce. It took 30+ SECONDS for the system to shut down and even more to boot windows! I couldn't believe this... Even my oldest PIII rig could do better on XP. After several restarts and OS optimizations, the systems response times stayed more or less the same. Jerky mouse movement when using multitasking, delays and constant hd activity.The performance sucked for my standards. Imagine how it would be in 6 months with full application grinding!
XP downgrade was the only thought on my mind and after several days of pondering, experimenting and forum reading.

- Testing the XPrience:
I managed to switch to xp sp3 with 99% of the features (buttons, devices) working. The driver for Ati HD3470 that I am currently testing is a 9.1 modified desktop catalyst. The mod was done with Mobility Modder.NET 1.2. Fallout 3 works fluidly on medium graphics with good stability. I am currently testing high graphic settings with messy and crowded environment. Will post benchmarks later.................

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where I can find all the Win XP drivers for the Sony Vaio VGN-FW41J?

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Sony :: SR290 Downgrade Discs Available

Jan 31, 2009

I've a VGN-SR290 with Vista 64, I'm thinking to downgrade to XP but using official downgrade discs, are these discs available somewhere to buy them?

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Sony :: HOWTO Downgrade VGN-FW21E To Windows XP XP2/SP3

Jan 5, 2009

This is a short instruction how to downgrade a Sony Vaio VGN-FW21E from Vista to Windows XP. Please add/comment if anything is missing!

--- Build a Windows XP installation CD
You need to build a new Windows XP installation CD with SATA drivers.

Use a English Windows XP CD with sp1 as base. Download the drivers and use nLite to build and burn a new Windows XP installation CD. (Select all drivers in the list to the new XP installation CD)
SATA drivers download.....

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