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January 30, 2013 4:18:37 PM

I want to go back to Win XP Pro please.

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a b $ Windows 7
January 30, 2013 4:20:28 PM

Then do it. What are we supposed to do?
January 30, 2013 4:25:32 PM

Thank you for replying but at my age of well over 80, I just don't know how to do it.
Could someone advise me please.
A lot of my old programmes just won't work !
Kindest regards Derek Miles.
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January 30, 2013 4:36:13 PM

Hi Derek,

This article should walk you through how to get XP back: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971762

It sounds like you are in "Scenario 1" where you upgraded from XP to 7. If that is what happened, you can skip directly to here.

Good luck and come back if you have any problems.
a c 243 $ Windows 7
January 30, 2013 4:38:10 PM

Do you have a legal copy of Windows XP that you can use to re-install XP? You will need that. You then boot from the Windows XP install disk and perform a full installation (a.k.a. a clean or custom install).

When you do this, everything on your hard drive now (with Win 7) will be gone, including any files you have saved. You need to save anything you want BEFORE you install XP. You can write those files to a DVD or CD, a USB drive, an external hard drive, or to another computer on your network.
a b $ Windows 7
January 30, 2013 4:46:11 PM

derekmiles said:
Thank you for replying but at my age of well over 80, I just don't know how to do it.
Could someone advise me please.
A lot of my old programmes just won't work !
Kindest regards Derek Miles.


Have you tried running these programs in compatibility mode? Go to the folder that they're installed in, right click on the .exe, and go to compatibility.
Enable the compatibility mode option, and set it to Windows XP.
a b $ Windows 7
January 30, 2013 4:53:06 PM

Unfortunately I do not advise going back to XP Pro. Microsoft will officially drop support for Windows XP by April the 1st 2014 which is in just a year or so. It means they will stop releasing security patches for the OS potentially putting your computer at risk after this date.

What I would suggest you to do is to update the software that don't work anymore. Check if there is an updated version of the same software available and compatible with Windows 7. If not, you can find a replacement software that does just the same thing. For instance, if it's a software to manage pictures, find another similar one, there are hundreds of free ones over the Internet.
January 30, 2013 4:58:07 PM

Personally, if you are using the 32 bit version of 7, I have found very little software that does not work.

Mainly only problems with old poorly-designed drivers.
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