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Restore Vista to Windows XP (factory setting)


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Hello, I had my OS switched from XP to Vista for about 3 years now, and it had encountered numerous problems. My sound system is incompatible with Vista (although the label says the OS system itself is Windows Vista Capable. Throughout the years, the OC has gotten more sluggish. I tried dusting the fan, defraggler, ccleaner..ect and to an extend, it has gotten faster. I do however feel like restoring it to XP however, but do not know what is the shortcut at startup to enter the repair option to restore the OS back to factory setting ( I have a Lenovo). Help? BTW if possible, is there a way that only the drive C is wiped and I get to keep all the data on my other drives? ( I did this with my mom's Win7 but it was a Vaio so I guess they work differently).

Edited by Ishi, 03 September 2010 - 02:20 PM.

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Usually older versions of Windows will not erase a newer version (XP erasing Vista) but I am not sure if this apply to restoring to factory default.

Do you have a Restore CD or DVD or is it on a partition on the HD?

If you cannot do it through the usual restore options you may have to manually erase (format) your dive C: using a third party boot cd like Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) making sure to not erase the partition (if not on a Cd/DVD) where you have your restore files.

If you have more than 1 HD and you want to be safe just unplug your extra HD before attempting to format. If your other partitions are all on the same Hard Drive somebody else might help you who knows more than I do when it comes to restore cd/dvd
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Which edition of Vista
How much ram
What is the size of the hard drive and how much free space.
"Keep data on other drives" - how many hard drives or is it one with partitions
and what is the sound card detail please
Also please provide model and service tag of Lenova laptop

Edited by Macboatmaster, 03 September 2010 - 02:55 PM.

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Which edition of Vista
How much ram
What is the size of the hard drive and how much free space.
"Keep data on other drives" - how many hard drives or is it one with partitions
and what is the sound card detail please
Also please provide model and service tag of Lenova laptop


Window Vista Ultimate (this dated back in 06/07 I think)
512 RAM
Drive C - 21GB - barely 1GB free of space left
Drive D - 48GB - approx 25GB left
OK, I think I just found the major problem with this laptop after I ran driver detective. Apparently, my uncle accidentally installed Vista using a IBM disc, thus result in the software now identify it as a IBM 3000 notebook N100. I'm not quite sure how I would check for the original (and suppost to be ) model of Lenovo.
Any help on this guys?
I know this laptop is a slump, but I just recently learn about the system and stuff this year in school. I am planning to get new laptop next year when I get into uni but until then, I gotta keep up with this old thing .
Edit: Ok so I found out looking on the laptop that the notebook's model is a Lenovo 3000 N100

Edited by Ishi, 03 September 2010 - 06:58 PM.

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Usually older versions of Windows will not erase a newer version (XP erasing Vista) but I am not sure if this apply to restoring to factory default.

Do you have a Restore CD or DVD or is it on a partition on the HD?

If you cannot do it through the usual restore options you may have to manually erase (format) your dive C: using a third party boot cd like Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) making sure to not erase the partition (if not on a Cd/DVD) where you have your restore files.

If you have more than 1 HD and you want to be safe just unplug your extra HD before attempting to format. If your other partitions are all on the same Hard Drive somebody else might help you who knows more than I do when it comes to restore cd/dvd

Thank youu for the reply.
A question on the Darik's Boot And Nuke though, does it return my system to Windows XP then?
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Usually older versions of Windows will not erase a newer version (XP erasing Vista) but I am not sure if this apply to restoring to factory default.

Do you have a Restore CD or DVD or is it on a partition on the HD?

If you cannot do it through the usual restore options you may have to manually erase (format) your dive C: using a third party boot cd like Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) making sure to not erase the partition (if not on a Cd/DVD) where you have your restore files.

If you have more than 1 HD and you want to be safe just unplug your extra HD before attempting to format. If your other partitions are all on the same Hard Drive somebody else might help you who knows more than I do when it comes to restore cd/dvd

Thank youu for the reply.
A question on the Darik's Boot And Nuke though, does it return my system to Windows XP then?


No this program is only to erase everythimg on your hard drive.

To have it back to its Windows XP factory default you either need the CD/DVD restore disk or have a hidden partition on your hard drive with restore files.

One point Windows Vista will work to a crawl with only 512 mb of memory. You need a minimum of 2048 mb
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Haha yeaa it does operate very slowly, thanks for the help though. I'll try to check if there is that hidden partition on the hard drive with restore files.
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Also since you have only 1GB of free space on your drive C: you will suffer slow computer and erratic behaviors, you need to have at least 15% of free space on your drive C: ( yours is a 21GB x 15% = 3.15GB minimum of free space you should have) that is the only way to ensure proper swapping of your files by windows.
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Did the laptop initially have XP on it?

I do not know Vista. But the following should be similar. It is for XP.
Lets take a look at the drives and partitions.

Go to start
Go to run
Type in compmgmt.msc
Click on OK
On the left side under storage...click on disk management.
Make sure the right side showing the drives is expanded so we can see it all.
Take a screen shot showing the drives and partitions.

Attach it to your reply.
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Initial post indicates originally the system was installed with XP.

I had my OS switched from XP to Vista for about 3 years now,


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:) :) Missed it. Thanks
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