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Can I remove Vista as an operating system and install XP? Answered

The title says it all, I just want to know if I can remove windows vista from a computer and install windows XP home onto it.

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lemonie (author)2009-10-25

Do read this before you start (Padlock's method looks just fine)


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Padlock (author)2009-10-24

Yes, you can. First you need to acquire a windows XP home install disk, on a cd (You may have to purchase one). Then, insert the disk, and restart. It may or may not boot up with the Windows Install screen. If it does, follow the onscreen instructions to install windows XP.

If the Windows XP install screen does not come up, you will need to change the boot order in the Bios. To do that, restart the computer again. When it asks to press a certain key to enter setup (most of the time F2), press it. You should now be in the Bios setup utility. Since all Bios utilities are different, I can not give you exact instructions from here on out. You'll want to locate the menu that has a list of a few devices (A few examples: "Removable Devices" "Hard Drive" "CD-ROM Drive"). This may be under "Boot" or another similar menu. Once you locate this menu, you will want to sroll down to the CD-ROM and move it to the top; it should show a legend on which keys to press (On mine, + was for up and - was for down.). After you have accomplished that, you will want to find the exit. Make sure you "Exit saving changes", and NOT "Exit discarding changes" or any other similar text. Restart, and you should be good to go.

If you do have to change the boot order, I recommend printing this out or writing it down or viewing it from another computer.

Below is my boot menu. Your's may or may not look like this.

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Sandisk1duo (author)2009-10-24

get Windows XP install disk, place in computer, boot, install

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