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Is it possible to install windows xp on windows7 laptop

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June 30, 2010 4:05:50 AM

can any one tell me that is it possible to install win xp on newly purchased win7 laptop some people say it is not possible to so that. i want to erase win7 permanently from the HD and to install win xp any ideas.... :sarcastic: 
a c 572 D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
June 30, 2010 5:17:00 AM

It should be possible as long as there are XP drives for the laptop hardware.

Just to be on the safe side you probably want to setup a dual boot option.

How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
See method 2: When Windows 7 is Installed First
a b $ Windows 7
June 30, 2010 5:52:27 AM

Durrani_1 said:
can any one tell me that is it possible to install win xp on newly purchased win7 laptop some people say it is not possible to so that. i want to erase win7 permanently from the HD and to install win xp any ideas.... :sarcastic: 


Yes, of course its possible. You obviously need a copy of XP to install. It doesn't hurt to backup your hard drive in case something goes wrong.

The problem most people seem to have with installing XP on newer laptops/computers seems to be related to the systems use of AHCI by default.

If you have trouble with the install, check the bios for a ACHI/IDE toggle and set it to IDE. Its not a bad idea to find an XP disk with Service Pack 3 also.

You will also need to dig up the XP drivers. First, try the laptops support site. If not there, you need to get the drivers from the chipset manufacturer directly.

What is the exact model of laptop we are talking about?
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a b $ Windows 7
June 30, 2010 3:28:17 PM

I did it for a friend and found out that there was no NIC drivers for xp on his hp machine. I went out and got a usb NIC. it was a bit frustrating but he is happy.
a b $ Windows 7
June 30, 2010 4:20:22 PM

You cannot uninstall Windows 7, but you can install a previous version of Windows to replace Windows 7. As long as your laptop has XP drivers available (which may not be the case if it is a new laptop) and you have a full retail version of Windows XP it is possible. It will also require a custom installation meaning your computer will be wiped in the process, so it is vital that you back up anything you wish to keep to an external hard drive before beginning.

Hope this helps!

Cheers,
Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
a b $ Windows 7
June 30, 2010 6:41:56 PM

cassandraf_winteam said:
You cannot uninstall Windows 7, but you can install a previous version of Windows to replace Windows 7. As long as your laptop has XP drivers available (which may not be the case if it is a new laptop) ................


All chipset in use today have XP drivers available.
June 30, 2010 6:56:41 PM

Hello Durrani,

Check out the Windows 7 Compatibility site: (There you will find out about hardware and software compatibilty.)
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/en-us/de...
There is a pulldown from which you can choose "hardware" and "software".
There are also some great articles, instructional videos and such to help with your Windows 7 at our Springboard site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/default.aspx
In any event a lot of the times, Vista drivers will work in lieu of Windows 7 drivers, however, it's not 100%!
As stated previously, it's best to have the Windows 7 certified drivers installed.
Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here http://tinyurl.com/9fhdl5 . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to check the threads available there for additional assitance and support.

Check out the Windows 7 Compatibility site: (There you will find out about hardware and software compatibilty.)
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/en-us/de...
There is a pulldown from which you can choose "hardware" and "software"
Thanks again,
John M.
Microsoft Windows Client Support
a b $ Windows 7
June 30, 2010 7:22:15 PM

windows7guy said:
Hello Durrani,

Check out the Windows 7 Compatibility site: (There you will find out about hardware and software compatibilty.)
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/en-us/de...
There is a pulldown from which you can choose "hardware" and "software".
There are also some great articles, instructional videos and such to help with your Windows 7 at our Springboard site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/default.aspx
In any event a lot of the times, Vista drivers will work in lieu of Windows 7 drivers, however, it's not 100%!
As stated previously, it's best to have the Windows 7 certified drivers installed.
Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here http://tinyurl.com/9fhdl5 . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to check the threads available there for additional assitance and support.

Check out the Windows 7 Compatibility site: (There you will find out about hardware and software compatibilty.)
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/en-us/de...
There is a pulldown from which you can choose "hardware" and "software"
Thanks again,
John M.
Microsoft Windows Client Support


You're backwards windows7guy, he already has 7, but wants to go to XP

OP: yes, you can go from 7 to xp, just check your laptop manufactorer's website for xp drivers (they most likely have them). Then just buy a copy of xp and install.
June 30, 2010 7:58:52 PM

As long as XP drivers are available for the laptop you can. After you insert and boot from your XP disk you will have the option to format your HDD thus ridding you of Win7. If you perhaps posted what kind of laptop it is (Brand/Model), we could let you know if it'll run.
a b $ Windows 7
June 30, 2010 8:22:55 PM

jdog2pt0 said:
As long as XP drivers are available for the laptop you can. After you insert and boot from your XP disk you will have the option to format your HDD thus ridding you of Win7. If you perhaps posted what kind of laptop it is (Brand/Model), we could let you know if it'll run.


It will run on any laptop. There are XP drivers for every chipset.
July 1, 2010 9:23:30 AM

Well thanx for that a new thing i learn today of changing ACHI to IDE as for as the model in concern i haven't decided yet but for initial knowledge i asked u this Q Coz i dont like messing up thing that i dont know about best thing i do is to have startup info then go for it.

Anonymous
a b $ Windows 7
July 1, 2010 11:38:21 AM

Simple Answer is yes, Question is , Why do you want to go back to XP when you have Windows 7?

Personally, there is nothing left in XP that anyone should go back for, Lets drop legacy and move forward, its 2010 already!!!

But if you wish, visit laptop manufacturers site, download drivers (only lan driver really as rest you can get once Xp installed and online hence lan driver needed) Format HDD to ""UNINSTALL"" windows 7 and install XP.

have fun with the blue and green and silver themes!
a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
July 1, 2010 12:10:18 PM

Look into "XP mode" in Windows 7 - I did this on my Win 7 computer, and now I can run my programs that were designed for XP.
Anonymous
a b $ Windows 7
July 1, 2010 12:14:07 PM

XP Mode only available in Certain Windows Licenses and using certain CPU's with VT enabled, not the best solution, but definitely worth a look!"

Plus then you have two Systems to look after Av, Patches and the space on laptop they take!

Also only program I have not enabled to make work using compatibility mode still uses 16bit instructions and has not worked since x64 has been released in a MS os with XP x64, but it does work on x32 Windows 7, Ive changed that software to a better supported product

( Oh and F1 2001 does not display correctly and I cannot for the good of me seem to get my Original Lemmings to work as well, only in emulator can I enjoy all the lemmings goodness)
September 10, 2011 7:04:45 AM

FALC0N said:
Yes, of course its possible. You obviously need a copy of XP to install. It doesn't hurt to backup your hard drive in case something goes wrong.

The problem most people seem to have with installing XP on newer laptops/computers seems to be related to the systems use of AHCI by default.

If you have trouble with the install, check the bios for a ACHI/IDE toggle and set it to IDE. Its not a bad idea to find an XP disk with Service Pack 3 also.

You will also need to dig up the XP drivers. First, try the laptops support site. If not there, you need to get the drivers from the chipset manufacturer directly.

What is the exact model of laptop we are talking about?


i also need help in this case,i have dell inspiron n4010 and recently got installed win xp sp2 in it bt the drivers i have are not compartible can any one please help me 2 get the link 2 download my drivers compartible 2 my o.s & system.
by prachitosh...
a b $ Windows 7
September 10, 2011 5:30:22 PM

prachitosh said:
i also need help in this case,i have dell inspiron n4010 and recently got installed win xp sp2 in it bt the drivers i have are not compartible can any one please help me 2 get the link 2 download my drivers compartible 2 my o.s & system.
by prachitosh...


Find out what chipset the board uses and get the drivers directly from the manufacturer of the chip.
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a c 371 $ Windows 7
September 10, 2011 6:29:26 PM

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