After installing XP on my new Vista laptop I was absolutely astounded by the speed and performance when running XP over Vista. For proper speed, performance and utility, XP has the solution for you.
This instructible is outdated. I recommend buying Windows 7, its an excellent replacement to Vista.
IMPORTANT There is a fantastic resource at DriverPacks.net on making Windows XP Slipstream disks or Drivers for Vista and windows 7. They have complete packages of drivers for Audio, Video, Chipsets, Network, WiFi, and most of all Hard Disk Controller Drivers. They even have a utility called Driver Pack Base which will load the packages into your XP installation files. Then you just use the program nLite to burn the new XP CD. The process is a little tricky but once you succeed it makes loading XP much easier and faster. On many of my installs I have almost ALL of the drivers installed when I get to windows
This Instructable will give you a head start on upgrading your new Vista laptop back to Windows XP. (Desktops can come too)
For this project you will need a PC running Vista, an internet connection (I bet you've got this ; ) and one copy of Windows XP with service pack 2 if possible.
If there is anything I have left out or any additional information you can provide please let me know.
Step 1: Step one - Back-up
Before starting anything, back-up your data! I know you haven't done this, so now is a good time to do so. This means any files you have created. Word docs, Excel files, iTunes music, MP3s, home movies, and saved games. You can transfer them over your network to a share folder or use a couple of CD-Rs.