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August 29, 2011 9:28:18 AM

Hello,
how can i change my laptop from window 7 starter to xp

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August 29, 2011 9:50:06 AM

i think its possible you as far as i think , for more information you can search on google ,
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August 29, 2011 5:40:58 PM

Install XP on the laptop. First check to make sure your model has XP drivers for it. Then insert your XP disk, boot from it, and follow the setup prompts.
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August 29, 2011 7:11:37 PM

hang-the-9 said:
Install XP on the laptop. First check to make sure your model has XP drivers for it. Then insert your XP disk, boot from it, and follow the setup prompts.


You keep saying this anytime somebody asks about XP on a newer machine. They ALL have XP drivers.
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August 29, 2011 7:49:31 PM



I agree mostly in that I can get XP to fly in more or less anything but I reverted a Dell XPS to XP the other day and had to add in a PCI NIC because the built-in Broadcom flatly refused to work with any driver I could find. The Service Tag only leads to drivers for the latest Windows - Vista and 7 - and not XP.

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August 29, 2011 7:56:26 PM

FALC0N said:
You keep saying this anytime somebody asks about XP on a newer machine. They ALL have XP drivers.


http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.a...

Vista and 7 only, and that's the first model I checked.

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-list.pl?mdl=VPCZ21...
Only has Win 7 64 bit drivers

That's 2 in a row I grabbed at random, no XP drivers. Don't know about others here, but I'm not about to tell people to install XP to have half the hardware not work, espeically since most dont make recovery disks to restore the system back to Win 7 or Vista.
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August 30, 2011 12:57:16 AM

hang-the-9 said:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.a...

Vista and 7 only, and that's the first model I checked.

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-list.pl?mdl=VPCZ21...
Only has Win 7 64 bit drivers

That's 2 in a row I grabbed at random, no XP drivers. Don't know about others here, but I'm not about to tell people to install XP to have half the hardware not work, espeically since most dont make recovery disks to restore the system back to Win 7 or Vista.


Does the phrase "Reference Drivers" mean anything to you? It doesn't matter what the system manufacturer puts on their site. It matters what the chipset manufacturers puts out.
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August 30, 2011 1:06:03 AM

Saga Lout said:


I agree mostly in that I can get XP to fly in more or less anything but I reverted a Dell XPS to XP the other day and had to add in a PCI NIC because the built-in Broadcom flatly refused to work with any driver I could find. The Service Tag only leads to drivers for the latest Windows - Vista and 7 - and not XP.




Broadcom appears to have XP drivers for all their current chipsets on their site.

That said, I have heard of some cases where things are problematic. Perhaps changes made to the hardware by the OEM. Never encountered one first hand though. Also difficult to tell what is user error vs actual incompatibility from 3rd hand accounts.
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August 30, 2011 5:31:47 AM



That Dell XPS is back with my customer now but it would have been very unlike me not to have checked the VEN and DEV details through pcidatabase.com and that's th epoint where I decided it would be quicker to raid stores for a PCI card. I thinki Broadcom was silent on the driver issue and it wasn't going to be a quick issue to fix so I took the easy way out.

It's long been my view that manufacturers use M$ onward march through different OS and sometimes even just SP issues, to put the same hardware out badged differently and with "different" drivers. It may just be a profit motive thing.



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