Downgrade from Vista Home Premium to XP Home RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello Microsoft,  I purchased a Lenovo 3000 100 Notebook with Vista HP installed (No CD). I want to downgrade to XP Home. Lenovo tells me no CD is available because I have Vista HP instead of Business or Ultimate and would have to purchase a full retail version of XP. Why am I being excluded from receiving an available Window XP CD ???

    If there is no recourse, are you (Microsoft) offering a reduced price for the XP software ? 

    Tuesday, December 4, 2007 4:07 PM


All replies

  • The information you received from Lenovo is correct.  If you wish to acquire Windows XP at a good price, visit Newegg.com for pricing on an OEM version.


    Tuesday, December 4, 2007 4:11 PM
  • Thank you for your reply. Just wondering, do people from Microsoft ever answer questions here ?


    Tuesday, December 4, 2007 5:04 PM
  • Hi rickwoz,


      Yes, Microsoft people do answer these forums. In fact, according to the forum metrics, i'm in the #1 position with 115 answers in the last 30 days (in the Vista Forums).


      I read every post on the Vista forums, but if Carey answers the post correctly, I usually see no need to post myself. (a correct answer is a correct answer, regardless who gives it)


    Thank you,

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

    Tuesday, December 4, 2007 8:28 PM
  • I have a similar issue: I bought a Lenovo 3000 N100 notebook with Vista Home Premium installed.  I want to downgrade to XP Professional.  I have a licenced copy of XP Professional.  Can I achieve a clean, successful downgrade to XP Pro since I have the original CD?  Are there any issues regarding drivers, or other known problems?  What resources are available to ensure a clean, successful transition?  Thanks.

    Friday, December 7, 2007 4:16 AM

    Hi Bill,  Have you tried installing XP ? I have reformatted my notebook and I am waiting for the Full Version of Windows XP Home, that I odered, to arrive. Please let me know. Thanks, Rick
    Monday, December 10, 2007 2:46 PM
  • HI I have also the same problem that I hav lenovo laptop with preloaded vista Home premium installed. But I want to degrade to Xp . I already got my new xp cd. If I try to install It start for one min then blue scren apears & it stops... Means I did correct boot sequence.. Start some xp installing... Copping setting files & THEN STOP (BLUE SCREEN APEARS)... 

       Can u please help me regarding this.. I called to lenovo but they r not helping me....

      Thanks In Advance....


    Monday, December 10, 2007 4:34 PM
  • I would suggest reposting your inquiry in the TechNet Windows Vista Setup forum: http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=719&SiteID=17


    Monday, December 10, 2007 5:21 PM
  • Hi, If you haven't found the answer yet, I finally succeeded.

    Windows XP Upgrade did not work no matter what I tried.

    I purchased a Full Version of Windows XP Home with SP2. OEM

    It worked just fine. Hope this helps. Rick


    Thursday, December 13, 2007 9:58 PM
  • Hi!


    Where did you get the xp disc? I have 2 laptops, one 2yo (with xp) and one I just bought (with vista home premium). I was just wondering if I can use the disc that came with the older one to install the xp to the newer one or is it gonna affect on the older computer? 


    Saturday, December 22, 2007 11:39 PM
  • Hello,


    I purchased it on Ebay.

    Example :  Ebay  Item number: 220185693662


    The XP disc you have from your older laptop can only be used for 1 activation, meaning you would have to choose which laptop you want it on. That will not solve your problem, so I suggest just buy a XP version like I did and install on your new laptop. In this case you should reformat before installation. I went through hours of trying not to have to buy new software.


    Hope this helps.


    Merry Christmas !


    Monday, December 24, 2007 3:19 PM
  • I have the same question.
    Monday, December 14, 2009 8:02 PM