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Can you take vista off a new computer?

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I'm just wondering if you can buy a new computer that has vista, yet not use it?
Our programs at work will not allow the vista settings. Nor the latest version of IE.
I was jw if there is a way to get rid of it, if I got a new computer and it had vista.
It's nearly impossible now to get a new computer w/o this :)
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You can either remove Vista completely and replace it with a different version, or leave it on and install the other version alongside it (dual boot). However, all the device drivers on a new PC are for Vista. If you put XP on it, you'll need XP drivers for the graphics and sound devices to work. PC manufacturers usually only put drivers on their website for the version of Windows which that particular PC model was pre-installed with -- so getting XP drivers for a Vista machine could prove difficult as many computers are fitted with custom-made components which require custom-made drivers.

But removing Vista and getting XP to replace it has certainly been done already, many times, as has the dual-boot option.

If you want to install XP on a new PC however, you'll need to buy a copy unless you have a retail boxed copy laying around that's not currently installed anywhere else. You can only have one copy of Windows installed on one machine at any one time unless you have a volume licence from Microsoft.

Edited by pip22, 26 November 2007 - 04:30 AM.

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some of the new hp's will not work with xp because of driver issue's I.E. there are NO drivers for the basic hardware. please make sure that you have recovery disk if you format the hdd that has vista on it. you can run virtual machine with vista (my boss runs xp in virtual machine with vista because novel 5.0 will not work with vista)
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