installing win xp in place if vista on gateway laptop
Posted 17 January 2011 - 07:53 PM
Posted 18 January 2011 - 04:23 PM
You can try the free program Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) download the iso bootable image burn it to a cd and boot from it to erase your hard drive (take note that depending on the size of your HD and the method you choose to erase your HD it may take a very long time for the erasing to complete).
I am suspecting that when you tried to install win 7 you erased your recovery partition and that is why you cannot recover Vista using the data you need on your old recovery partition, also if in the boot sector or your MBR there is any trace of win 7 or Vista, XP will not install itself over a newer OS (so the need to erase completely all your HD boot sector and all).
Hope that helps.
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