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How tricky is installing XP over Vista on a laptop?


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temple-Lobe

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Hi,

I want to install windows XP over Vista on a Compaq Presario laptop F500 (less than a year old) and I'm worried about XP drivers and any other problems I might encounter.

How difficult is it?

Iíve installed an operating system before and reformatted the HD on a normal PC - which is what I want to do now, but on a laptop - this sounds dodgy from what Iíve heard so far Ė xp drivers, sound drivers etc.

Any help appreciated

Compaq Presario F500
nVIDIA C51
high definition audio controller

network adaptor:
broadcom802.11b/g WLAN
NVIDIA nForce networking controller
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Neil Jones

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Look the model number up on the manufacturer's website and see what drivers are offered for which versions of Windows before you take the plunge. Download the lot and burn them to disk if any are available for XP. Formatting a laptop works in the same way as it does a desktop.
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My husband did this and had a lot of trouble and finally re-installed VISTA. Make sure you have a good VISTA installation disk.
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Rather than replacing Vista with XP, install XP as a Dual boot, that way you have access to Vista to download any drivers you may need for XP, unless you can download them all ahead of time and put them on CD or flash drive.

Even then, I would recommend a dual boot setup. See here for information: http://www.pronetwor...about88231.html
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Many, many thanks - don't know why I didn't think of that! always the case, eh? Dual booting is the easy answer...

Edited by temple-Lobe, 01 May 2008 - 01:35 AM.

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