2007 Compaq Presario (SR5130NX)
AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 dual core 3800+
1024MB memory 200GB HD
NVidia GeForce 6150SE
Windows Vista Home Premium
Just bought a new Compaq after my 7 year old HP died for the third time. Came with Vista of course, which I thought I would try out, but I'm having compatibility issues with a majority of my software and the compatibility wizard is hit or miss. I'm also having a variety of other annoying issues and I'd much rather just go back to XP.
I have an XP CD but since Vista came with this machine, no Vista CD. I've seen various tutorials about reinstalling XP with dual boots and the CD but nothing that particularly applies to me.
1) No Vista CD
2) No previous version of the OS on this machine to steal drivers from the old.windows folder
3) No knowledge/experience with SATA support (as it seems this is a fairly important part of the step)
4) I'd like to keep some of the software that came with this machine (e.g. Lightscribe)
If anyone would be able to work through a few posts with me until I can get a step by step 'how to' for my situation, it would be much appreciated. Please ask for any details you need... (I'm half tempted to go back to Best Buy and just throw my XP CD at them and tell them to 'have at it' but I am afraid of what ungodly amount that would cost)...
Thanks in advance!