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How do I get Vista off my system so I can go back to XP? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is there some place where I can find detailed instructions to un-install Vista from my system.  It is on a 6 month old HP system and the Vista software is an OEM version.

    With all of the problems Vista gives me and the fact that the support and download sites make it almost impossible to find any solutions to the unending failures, I would just like to go quietly into the night and forget that I ever made the mistake of buying a Vista system.

    If anyone could direct me to steps that will prevent the ghost of Vista from haunting my computer, I would be eternally grateful.  I have several other friends in the same boat, and you would be helping out a large number of frustrated users.

    Thanks
    Monday, February 25, 2008 5:15 PM

Answers

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    I have a "budget model" HP Pavilion desktop purchased about a year ago and Windows Vista runs just fine. 

     

    To improve performance dramatically, I removed the standard 1GB of 533MHz RAM and installed 2GB of 667MHz RAM.  Vista now soars like an eagle!

     

    Try the following performance tips:

    Open Power Options (its in the Control Panel) and then
    place a dot next to High Performance.

    Next:

    Open Device Manager (its in the Control Panel) and then
    right-click on your hard drive (under Disk Drives).  Click
    on "Policies" and make sure there are check marks next to
    "Optimize for Performance", "Enable write caching on
    the disk", and "Enable advanced performance", then click OK.

    Next, perform a Disk Cleanup:

    Click on the blue Vista start button and then on the Computer
    entry in the Start Menu.  Right-click on your hard drive and
    select Properties > Disk Cleanup > Files from all users.....
    More Options > Clean Up (System Restore and Shadow Copies).

    Consider installing addition RAM up to 2GB.  Having  a total of
    2GB RAM installed will significantly improve overall performance.
    Visit: http://www.crucial.com/ and run the Crucial System Scanner Tool.

     

    Please read:

     

    Issues you will experience if you downgrade from Vista to XP:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01092639&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=3439686&dlc=en&lang=en

     

    If you insist on removing Windows Vista and installing Windows XP,

    you'll need to purchase a "Full Version" of Windows XP and perform

    a "clean Install".

     

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

    Monday, February 25, 2008 7:14 PM
    Moderator

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  •  

    I have a "budget model" HP Pavilion desktop purchased about a year ago and Windows Vista runs just fine. 

     

    To improve performance dramatically, I removed the standard 1GB of 533MHz RAM and installed 2GB of 667MHz RAM.  Vista now soars like an eagle!

     

    Try the following performance tips:

    Open Power Options (its in the Control Panel) and then
    place a dot next to High Performance.

    Next:

    Open Device Manager (its in the Control Panel) and then
    right-click on your hard drive (under Disk Drives).  Click
    on "Policies" and make sure there are check marks next to
    "Optimize for Performance", "Enable write caching on
    the disk", and "Enable advanced performance", then click OK.

    Next, perform a Disk Cleanup:

    Click on the blue Vista start button and then on the Computer
    entry in the Start Menu.  Right-click on your hard drive and
    select Properties > Disk Cleanup > Files from all users.....
    More Options > Clean Up (System Restore and Shadow Copies).

    Consider installing addition RAM up to 2GB.  Having  a total of
    2GB RAM installed will significantly improve overall performance.
    Visit: http://www.crucial.com/ and run the Crucial System Scanner Tool.

     

    Please read:

     

    Issues you will experience if you downgrade from Vista to XP:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01092639&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=3439686&dlc=en&lang=en

     

    If you insist on removing Windows Vista and installing Windows XP,

    you'll need to purchase a "Full Version" of Windows XP and perform

    a "clean Install".

     

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

    Monday, February 25, 2008 7:14 PM
    Moderator
  • Glad that you are one of the lucky ones who has made Vista work.  Lottery winners seem to have better odds.

    In my case, it is not a case of a low end system - I have Intel's fastest chip from 6 months ago, 3GB of high speed RAM, etc. This is a performance machine designed for hard work.

    My problem is the damage to the system that Windows automatic update has done.   It has apparently  done some real harm to the registries and crippled key functions so that I cannot even run some of the core processes in Windows.

    The time for tinkering with severely flawed software has passed, thanks for the tweaking tips, but this is not a deck chairs problem.  I will review the issues link and if the problems are too severe I guess it is time to try on a Red Hat.

    Thanks
    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 4:18 AM