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Windows XP compatability with Sony Vaio VPCF1370E 8GB ram running Windows 7 home

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August 24, 2013 9:25:45 AM

HI, I migrate between a PC and laptop running XP and the above sony running window7 home. It's got to be said i find Win 7 user interface unfit for purpose.
i wouldn't use it if it was free.I tried the Classic Shell program but it's still awkward
Its garbage
So 1; If possible I dont want to wipe the main HDD
2; If possible I dont want to go down the virtual Box route for performance reasons and there could be issues as its not win7 ultimate plus its got the backup
OS on a hidden HDD partition [thats another rant]
3;Not sure how well XP handles the I7 cpu 8gig ram and all the other devices.

Is it possible install XP and boot from an external HDD as the Sony has an eSATA/usb3 port and regain my sanity and get some work done??

(I really do hate EVERY thing about Windows 7 How why it was ever released
i dont get it)
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August 24, 2013 9:40:16 AM

Windows XP is NOT supported on that platform, there are NO drivers. In addition you will lose access to half your memory by switching to a 32-bit OS.
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August 24, 2013 10:45:16 AM

As said above, Win XP compatability mode only available on Win 7 Professional and higher versions. Doubtful you could get a dual-boot program to recognise XP on a USB drive.

The way you mentioned Classic Shell program are you perhaps running Win 8? That is the OS that many loath.
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August 24, 2013 12:57:09 PM

ex_bubblehead said:
Windows XP is NOT supported on that platform, there are NO drivers. In addition you will lose access to half your memory by switching to a 32-bit OS.


Mmmm! Thats interesting Says here it can
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa366778.aspx#p...

also Sony do a Win7 XP downgrade Upgrade perversely depending on your point of view so the xp drivers DO exist.

I've just downloaded them .If they work or not thats another topic.

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August 24, 2013 3:41:33 PM

xs2xs said:
ex_bubblehead said:
Windows XP is NOT supported on that platform, there are NO drivers. In addition you will lose access to half your memory by switching to a 32-bit OS.


Mmmm! Thats interesting Says here it can
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa366778.aspx#p...

also Sony do a Win7 XP downgrade Upgrade perversely depending on your point of view so the xp drivers DO exist.

I've just downloaded them .If they work or not thats another topic.


32-bit Windows XP can only access 4GB of RAM, period. If you want access to all 8GB you have to run a 64-bit OS. Windows XP 64-bit is absolutely NOT supported on that platform. You'll also find that even the 32-bit drivers are sketchy.
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