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Can't downgrade Vista... RRS feed

  • Question

  • hello. I bought a new dell inspiron 530 with vista home premium a few days ago. I would like to downgrade to xp but i have no idea how to. I have looked around and many sites tell me to insert an xp disc, follow the prompts then call to get my activation key but i do not have this disc.

    Can someone please help?
    Saturday, January 5, 2008 9:20 PM

Answers

  • WOW!  ...So first i buy a new computer and now i need to pay extra so that 80% of my programs are incompatible?

    Not only that but after i buy it i need to complete a 'clean install' of the full version AND download all the windows xp frivers for my desktop...  great...
    Sunday, January 6, 2008 12:10 PM
  • Hi wokstah,

     

    In the Downgrade Rights FAQ, it states:

     

      "An OEM may facilitate the end user’s downgrade rights from Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate to a qualified version of Windows XP Professional"

     

    Also, Microsoft has no control over what OS the Computer Manufacturers install on the computers they sell. I believe you will notice that Dell includes XP as standard on some of it's XPS M1730 laptops (http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/xpsnb_m1730?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&~tab=bundlestab&~ck=mn). In fact, it's interesting to note that the first laptop on that page has Vista and the second has XP and besides the OS, I can not see any significant difference between the two. Now look at the price, it seems the XP computer cost more.  So as you can see, you did not, pay extra for Vista. it appears that you actually paid less.

     

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

    Monday, January 7, 2008 11:55 PM

All replies

  • If you wish to downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP, you'll need to purchase a "Full Version" of Windows XP and perform a "clean install".  You can purchase a genuine OEM version of Windows XP from Newegg.com if you wish.

     

    Clean Install Windows XP: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

     

    After installing Windows XP, visit: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=LAT_D530&os=WLH&osl=EN

     

    and download/install the Windows XP drivers for your Dell notebook's hardware.

     

    Windows Vista Downgrade Rights -FAQ:

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/f/4/5f4c83d3-833e-4f11-8cbd-699b0c164182/royaltyoemreferencesheet.pdf

     

     

     

    Saturday, January 5, 2008 9:44 PM
    Moderator
  • WOW!  ...So first i buy a new computer and now i need to pay extra so that 80% of my programs are incompatible?

    Not only that but after i buy it i need to complete a 'clean install' of the full version AND download all the windows xp frivers for my desktop...  great...
    Sunday, January 6, 2008 12:10 PM
  • Hi wokstah,

     

    In the Downgrade Rights FAQ, it states:

     

      "An OEM may facilitate the end user’s downgrade rights from Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate to a qualified version of Windows XP Professional"

     

    Also, Microsoft has no control over what OS the Computer Manufacturers install on the computers they sell. I believe you will notice that Dell includes XP as standard on some of it's XPS M1730 laptops (http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/xpsnb_m1730?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&~tab=bundlestab&~ck=mn). In fact, it's interesting to note that the first laptop on that page has Vista and the second has XP and besides the OS, I can not see any significant difference between the two. Now look at the price, it seems the XP computer cost more.  So as you can see, you did not, pay extra for Vista. it appears that you actually paid less.

     

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

    Monday, January 7, 2008 11:55 PM
  • I have an Acer Aspire 5315 with only 1GB memory and it is running Windows Vista Home Basic, If I were to purchase XP and do a 'clean install'...where can I go (such as a link) to download all of my drivers to run XP at top notch performance.


    Total in RAM is 1014.00MB



    Help? o.o
    Wednesday, May 14, 2008 6:40 AM
  •  Darin Smith MS wrote:

    Hi wokstah,

     

    In the Downgrade Rights FAQ, it states:

     

      "An OEM may facilitate the end user’s downgrade rights from Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate to a qualified version of Windows XP Professional"

     

    Also, Microsoft has no control over what OS the Computer Manufacturers install on the computers they sell. I believe you will notice that Dell includes XP as standard on some of it's XPS M1730 laptops (http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/xpsnb_m1730?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&~tab=bundlestab&~ck=mn). In fact, it's interesting to note that the first laptop on that page has Vista and the second has XP and besides the OS, I can not see any significant difference between the two. Now look at the price, it seems the XP computer cost more.  So as you can see, you did not, pay extra for Vista. it appears that you actually paid less.

     

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

     

    I did the same thing. It's still easier to purchase the OS you want to start with. That way there is less chance of a hardware (driver) compatibility issue.

    Friday, July 18, 2008 10:57 PM