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  • How can I downgrade my Vista Premium to XP Pro?  I requesting this downgrade becasue I'm tired of Vista breaking after after windows updates.  This happened to me numerous times.  Most recently, it happened after I installed Vista SP 1 via Windows Updates.  After downloading and updating to Vista SP1, my wireless connect was broken>  and this is not the first time some thing breaks after windows updates>  don"t even get me started with the internet explorer not working after more than one "IE security updates" downloads.  and going back to my SP1 issue, I uninstalled and my wireless connect wonderously was working again, as it was just right after downloading and installing Vista SP1.  Any help would be appreciate it....  I have a copy of XP Pro that I purchased several years and would like to downgrade to that.  How can I do that???  Thanks

    Tuesday, April 15, 2008 3:16 AM


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  • Tuesday, April 15, 2008 3:23 AM
  • Hello Imcasper3, I also HATE Vista!!  My computer crashed again & when I spoke with the computer manufacturer I asked about downgrading.  They told me it can be done but you must contact Microsoft direct and they reluctantly help you through it.  They did warn me however that it may void your warranty on the computer (I purchased mine on 2/2/08).  I am now back on my 10 year old computer which has XP home edition on it.  Good Luck, it sounds like we all need it with Vista.


    Friday, April 18, 2008 12:48 AM
  • I read in my EULA that vista home basic (the first version on my laptop) was the only version NOT able to downgrade.  what is correct.  I am a tech and have many customers that are afraid of buying vista based on the press, and I admit my own reluctance to us anything Microsoft that is only first generation, and sometime second (service pack 1 being a good example)  now I am seeing that only Ultimate and business are allowed?  what is this?  More good ol MS s******ing the public?  I have been using MS's software since he bought DOS from IBM. and while improvements have been made, there is usually a price to pay for the "ease of use" which the average user is not aware of.  I was impressed that they offered the downgrade option, but now it appears that they have restricted it even more and you have to tie up 2 licenses?  this just seems like another money grab scheme.  I may be wrong, and I hope I am as MS is loosing some of its market to apple and open source, and for good reasons if this keeps up.
    Monday, June 16, 2008 1:46 AM
  • You need to tell your customers they have nothing to fear with Windows Vista.  It will perform best with at least 2GB RAM installed and run circles around Windows XP.


    Monday, June 16, 2008 4:22 AM
  • thats all well, I dont recommend one with less than that, but the problem is still program compatibility.  if the Virtual pc 2007 had some adjustable settings, especially in the video department, this would be a none issue.

    Monday, June 16, 2008 4:31 PM
  • I have to tell everyone they have a LOT to fear. I guess if you are simple user of Word, Excel, maybe Outlook... it MIGHT hold up. I've been using MS OS for 20+ years and Vista is a HUGE step backwards in stability... It looks pretty, but the only circles it runs is the little icon now freezing up repeatedly.


    I am a power user configuring to do video. Brand new Fujitsu notebook, Core 2 Intel 2.0Ghz. w/3GB RAM, 512 dedicated ATI video, 500GB HDD. The hardware rocks, the OS sucks. I have NEVER been so close to return this and step over to the other side. The only problem is the big investment I already have in a XP desktop and software. The notebook (forced to buy with Vista) was supposed to give me field capability, all it's giving me is headaches. AND I've already upgraded with SP1 and that sure didn't help matters any!!!


    Based on my experience with Win 95, then Win 98, then Win ME, then Win 2000, then Win XP, I'd tell everyone to wait and not even think about Vista for another 12-18 months; SP2, maybe SP3 this thing is so bad! Good luck all...

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008 1:13 PM
  • Exactly!  and notice no mention of the restrictions on the "downgrade" option or the fact you have to tie up TWO licenses, your vista and an xp to do this, when I first looked into it, it was supposed to use the license from Vista, call the activation line (obviously the license was not designed for xp) and an activation key would be generated using the info from vista.  Maybe this was not workable or someone just got dollar signs when thinking this over.



    Friday, July 11, 2008 9:39 PM