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  • I have laptop for which Vista is pre-installed. I already have XP CD to be used for dowgrading. Do I have to uninstall the vista? or what is the 1st step to downgrade it? Please help.

     

    Monday, January 21, 2008 3:12 AM

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  • Statement from HP:

    If you have an HP Pavilion or Compaq Presario consumer notebook PC
    that shipped with Windows Vista, you should not attempt to downgrade
    to Windows XP. Changing the operating system (OS) will cause severe
    operational problems. Many of the components, such as sound, video,
    graphics, network connectivity, drives, or other devices and peripherals,
    may have limited functionality, or may not work at all. You should do
    some research on the support policies of hardware and software manufacturers,
    and review the problems experienced by other users, before you consider
    changing the operating system.

    You may experience the following conditions if you downgrade an
    HP Pavilion or Compaq Presario consumer notebook, which was
    designed for Vista, to an older operating system:

    HP does not provide Windows XP-compatible drivers for functions such
    as sound, video, graphics, network connectivity, drives, or other devices
    and peripherals for these consumer notebooks.

    Changing the operating system may require you to reinstall the original
    software image when troubleshooting possible software and hardware
    issues with technical support.

    Some component manufacturers do not provide Windows XP-compatible
    drivers for components that they designed for Windows Vista.
    Even if a third-party company or Windows itself can provide generic drivers
    that will allow all of your devices to operate, the performance of your
    HP PC may be less than optimal.


    Please read the following:

    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

    Monday, January 21, 2008 3:50 AM
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