Step-by-step guides to installing Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista & XP
Installing Windows might sound like a daunting task but it’s really quite easy, especially if you’re installing a more recent operating system like Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7. But no need to take your computer into the local experts for a simple reinstall — you can install Windows all by yourself!
Just find the Windows operating system below that you’re planning to install and then click on for visual, step-by-step guides explaining how to install each OS.
Install Windows 10
Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest version of Windows and installation of this operating system is probably the easiest of them all.
See our Windows 8 installation guide for help. It works very similarly to installing Windows 10. Learn how to download Windows 10 if you don’t have the installation files yet.
If you already have Windows 10 installed and you’re looking to reinstall it, even as a “clean” reinstall, the Reset This PC process is an easier-to-do, and equally effective, way to do this. See How to Reset Your PC in Windows 10 for a full walkthrough.
Install Windows 8
The very best way to install Windows 8 is with a method called a “clean install.”
With a clean install, you’ll get that “new computer” feel with Windows 8, without all the junk software. If you’re replacing a previous version of Windows, clean installing Windows 8 is most certainly what you want to do.
Here’s a complete tutorial of the Windows 8 clean install process, complete with screenshots and detailed advice along the way.
Install Windows 7
Windows 7 is one of the easiest-to-install Windows operating systems. You’re only asked a few important questions during the installation—most of the setup process is completely automatic.
Like with other versions of Windows, the “clean” or “custom” method of installing Windows 7 is the smartest way to go compared to an “upgrade” install or the less common “parallel” install.
This 34-step tutorial will walk you through every individual step of the process.
Install Windows Vista
Like Windows 7, the Windows Vista install process is very easy and straightforward.
In this short walkthrough from TechTarget, you’ll see how to boot from the install DVD and step through the major sections of this process.
Install Windows XP
Installing Windows XP can be a bit frustrating and time-consuming, especially when compared to the installation processes in Microsoft’s newer operating systems.
Don’t worry that you can’t do this one, however. Yes, there are lots of steps, and thank goodness Microsoft solved some of these tedious things in newer versions of Windows, but if you still need Windows XP, and you’re installing it new, or reinstalling it from scratch, this tutorial will help.
If you’re trying to solve a problem and haven’t yet given the repair install process available in Windows XP a try yet, do that first. See How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install for a complete walkthrough.
The methods for installing the second operating system on a computer vary in detail, but obey the general algorithm. In this case, Windows XP is installed on a computer with WIndows 7 already installed.
Click the “Start” button to enter the main menu of the system and go to the “Control Panel”.
Select System and Security, and then click Create and Format Hard Disk Partitions to create the WIndows XP installation partition.
Call the service menu with the right mouse button on the field of the partition selected for creating the installation partition of Windows XP, and select “Compress Volume”.
Specify the desired number of megabytes for the new volume in the “Compressible space (MB) size” section of the “Compress drive_name:” dialog box and click OK to execute the command.
Insert the Windows XP installation disc into the drive and restart the computer.
Specify “Booting from CD / DVD” in the installation menu.
Specify the created partition for installing the operating system in the following dialog box.
Wait for the installation to complete and log in (only Windows XP is available).
Download and install .Net Framrwork 2.0 and EasyBCD.
Open the EasyBCD application and select Add / Remove Entries in the menu on the left side of the application.
Specify the type of Windows NT / 2k / XP / 2k3 operating system in the Type field and the name of the bootable system in the Name field (for example, Microsoft Windows XP).
Click the Add Entry button and wait for the new operating system to appear in the OS list to boot.
Click the Save button in the upper right corner of the window to save changes made to the system.
Click the Manage Bootloader button in the left menu of the program and select the Reinstall the Vista Bootloader check box for the normal operation of both operating systems.
Click on the Write MBR button and close the EasyBCD application to complete the operation.
Reboot the computer. The choice of operating system for work is carried out by the standard Windows boot manager and depends only on the wishes of the user.
When formatting a disk, all data contained on it is deleted!
You can not do that.
That XP disk from the Dell computer came preinstalled is classified as an OEM licence.
That means that it is tied to the original computer it is installed on, and the XP licence dies with the failed Computer.
Also, Dell tie their disks installation to their Motherboards
If you want XP, you will have to buy it, and ead below about Drivers, etc:
First, go to your computer manufacturer’s website and check to see if your model computer has XP Drivers available for it..
If XP Drivers are not available for your Model, forget the idea.
If it has, download them and save to Flash drive or CD.
Next, buy an XP disk and Licence.
Save all your Data, as it will be lost during installation of XP.
Then follow the usual steps to do a clean install.
Once installed, reload ALL your other Programs from original Media, or download again.
Reload all Drivers and Utilities for your Motherboard.
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Thanks to the Add Printer Wizard, installing a printer with Windows Vista has never been easier. Any printer made in the last five years will be a Plug and Play device, which means that Vista either already contains the drivers for your printer or can load them automatically. If for some reason your printer is not Plug and Play, you can still use the Add Printer Wizard to automate the process.
The first step is to read the instructions that came with the printer. Depending on the instructions, there are three possible ways to proceed. Once you’ve determined whether you need to load drivers first, you can turn on your computer and follow the installation option that fits your needs.
Automatic printer installation
If your printer is a Plug and Play device, your job is nearly done. Just connect it and wait. Windows Vista will install what it needs automatically.
Although most printers can be immediately connected to your computer, some printers require that you install software before you connect them. If your printer requires software to be loaded before the printer is plugged in, insert the disc that came with the device and follow the onscreen instructions.
Installing a printer manually
If you need to install the printer manually, follow these steps:
Choose Start→Control Panel→Printer (under the Hardware and Sound category); in the window that appears, click Add a Printer.
In the Add Printer Wizard, click the Add a Local Printer option.
In the resulting wizard dialog box, select the specific port for Windows Vista to use for the printer. Click Next.
If you know that you need to use a specific port, click the down arrow on the Use an Existing Port Field and select the necessary port. If you aren’t sure, just use the recommended port setting that Windows selects for you.
In the next wizard window, shown below, choose your printer’s manufacturer and then choose a printer. Then click Next.
If you have the manufacturer’s disc, insert it in the appropriate CD drive now and click the Have Disk button. If you don’t have the manufacturer’s disc, click the Windows Update button to see a list of printer drivers that you can download from Microsoft’s Web site.
In the resulting Type a Printer Name dialog box, enter a printer name. Click Next.
If you don’t want this to be your default printer, clear the Make This My Default Printer option.
Click Finish to complete the Add Printer Wizard.
If your computer is on a network, you get an additional dialog box in the wizard right after you name the printer. Select the Do Not Share This Printer option to stop others from using the printer, or you can select the Share Name option and enter a printer name to share the printer on your network. This means that others can see and print to this printer.
Updated September 19, 2017, 1:03pm EDT
The question I am asked most often is “How do I install a dual-boot with Windows XP on my new Windows Vista computer?” The answer is that it’s not that difficult, it’s just very time consuming, and you need to own a copy of Windows XP.
Note that you should not attempt this if you aren’t ready to troubleshoot any problems that might occur.
The first issue we encounter is that computers with pre-installed operating systems take up the entire drive. Luckily Microsoft included the Shrink volume feature in Vista, so we can easily shrink the Vista partition down to make room for XP.
Open the Computer Management panel, which you can find under Administrative tools or by right-clicking the Computer item in the start menu and choosing Manage. Find the Disk Management item in the list and select that.
Now we’ll shrink our volume down by right-clicking on the main hard drive and choosing Shrink Volume.
Now you can choose the size that you want to shrink, which really means you are choosing the size that you want your XP partition to be. Whatever you do, don’t just use the default. I chose roughly 10gb by entering 10000 into the amount.
The next step might be confusing, because we need to change the cd-rom drive that’s invariably taking up D: at the moment, because we want to use D: for the Windows XP partition, but it’s already taken by the cd-rom drive. If you skip this step than XP will install onto the E: drive, which isn’t the end of the world, but it’s not quite as tidy.
Right-click on the cd-rom drive in the list and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths from the menu.
Now we’ll change the CD drive to use E: by selecting that in the drop-down.
Now we can create a new partition for XP to live on and make sure that the drive letter is set the way we want. If you do not create a partition now the XP install will do so automatically, but it’s easier and cleaner to do it this way.
Right-click on the Unallocated free space area and then select New Simple Volume from the menu.
Follow through the wizard and select whatever options you’d like, making sure to use D: as the drive letter.
Now you will need to close out of disk management and reboot your computer. This is because we can’t do the next step until we reboot. (you can try, but it won’t work)
So we’ve come back from rebooting… open up Computer from the start menu and then right-click on the D: drive and select properties. Give your partition a meaningful name like “XP”. It would be wise to name the C: drive to “Vista” at this point as well.
Now you’ll want to pop your XP cd into the drive and boot off it. You may have to configure your BIOS to enable booting off the CD drive, or if your computer says something like “Hit Esc for boot menu” you might want to use that.
Once you come to the screen where you can choose the partition to install on, then choose either the unpartitioned space or the new partition you created. Whatever you do, don’t try and install onto your Vista partition! See how much cleaner it is now that we’ve labeled each partition distinctly?
We’ll assume XP is completely installed at this point, and you will have lost your ability to boot into Windows Vista, so we’ll need to use the VistaBootPro utility to restore the Vista boot loader.
Update: VistaBootPro is no longer free, but you can still download the free version.
During the install you’ll be forced to install the .NET 2.0 framework. Open up VistaBootPRO and then click on the System Bootloader tab. Check the “Windows Vista Bootloader” and then “All Drives” radio buttons, and then click on the Install Bootloader button.
At this point, the Windows Vista bootloader is installed and you’ll only be able to boot into Vista, but we’ll fix that. Instead of manually doing the work, we’ll just click the Diagnostics menu item and then choose Run Diagnostics from the menu.
This will scan your computer and then automatically fill in the XP version.. click on the “Manage OS Entries” tab and then click in the textbox for Rename OS Entry, and name it something useful like “Windows XP” or “The Windows That Works”
Click the Apply Updates button and then reboot your computer… you should see your shiny new boot manager with both operating systems in the list!
If you get an error saying “unable to find ntldr” when trying to boot XP, you’ll need to do the following:
- Find the hidden files ntldr and ntdetect.com in the root of your Vista drive and copy them to the root of your XP drive.
- If you can’t find the files there, you can find them in the i386 folder on your XP install cd
There’s more information on this forum thread, thanks to nrv1013
This is a critical piece of information: Windows XP will be installed on the D: drive, even in Windows XP… so you’ll need to keep that in mind when tweaking your system.
You can share information between the drives, but I wouldn’t recommend messing with the other operating system’s partition too much… it might get angry and bite you. Or screw up your files. What I do recommend is that you store most of your files on a third drive shared between the operating systems… you could call that partition “Data”.
I’m going to write a number of followup articles dealing with all of the issues with dual-boot systems, so subscribe to the feed for updates.
If you have issues with your dual-boot system, I’d recommend creating a new topic in our Computer Help forum, and we’ll try and help you.
If you have issues with using the shrink volume feature, check this article for some tips.
Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 lets you run older software that was designed for Windows XP. Windows XP Mode was designed specifically to run the kind of custom software that many small businesses use to maintain customer records. Once Windows XP Mode is installed on your Windows 7 computer, you can install your older software and run it seamlessly from your Windows 7 desktop. You get all the advantages of Windows 7 without losing your existing software.
To install Windows XP Mode on your Windows 7 PC you must have a 1GHz processor and a CPU that supports virtualization. You must also have at least 15 GB of hard drive space and be running Windows 7 Professional or beyond.
Open Internet Explorer and go to the Windows Virtual PC Web site. Click Download.
Microsoft asks you to verify that your system can handle Windows XP Mode. Not sure whether your machine supports virtualization? Download Microsoft’s virtualization testing tool. Just double click the downloaded file and it will examine your PC and tell you whether it can handle Windows Virtual PC and whether your visualization technology is already enabled in your BIOS.
Some new computers come with Windows XP Mode already installed. To see if you already have Windows XP Mode, type “virtual” at the Start menu and then scroll down to see if Windows XP Mode is already listed. If it is, click it and skip to Step 4.
Select the version of Windows 7 you’re running and the language you want to use. Click the Windows XP Mode button (located under Step 5).
If you haven’t already installed Windows Virtual PC, you’ll need to download and install that program as well.
If you’re not sure which version you need, open the Start menu and right-click Computer. Select Properties and then look at the System type to see whether your system is 32-bit or 64-bit.
Locate and double click the downloaded file.
You might need to click Continue if prompted by User Account Control.
Click Next through the pages of the installer program, allowing the program to choose the appropriate defaults. Click Yes to complete the installation and Finish to close the installer.
Once the installer is finished, you can access Windows XP Mode from the Start menu.
Click Start, type windows xp , and then press Enter.
Microsoft shows you the licensing terms for Windows XP Mode.
Click I Accept and then click Next.
The wizard then asks for security information.
Create a password for the default user account and select Remember Credentials.
This will enable you to use Windows XP Mode without having to reenter your password each time.
Select the Yes I want to share option to share your drive with Windows XP Mode and click Next.
Select the automatic updates option to ensure that your system has the latest updates to Windows XP Mode. Click Next.
When the installer finishes, Windows XP Mode will appear as a window on your Windows 7 desktop. You’re now ready to install your Windows XP programs.
New computers today come with Windows Vista preinstalled — it’s practically unavoidable. But, if you have an older computer, it’s time to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista. If it’s running Windows 98 or Windows Me, don’t bother trying: Vista requires a powerful PC with cutting-edge parts. Windows Vista usually runs well on computers purchased within the past three or four years.
Upgrading to Vista from Windows XP is a one-way street. You can’t return to Windows XP once you’ve installed Vista. Don’t upgrade unless you’re sure you’re ready for Vista.
Make sure your computer is ready for Vista.
Before upgrading, run through the following checklist:
Compatibility: Check out Vista’s Upgrade Advisor (on the left). The program alerts you beforehand what parts of your computer may not run well under Windows Vista.
Security: Turn off your antivirus software and other security programs. They may innocently try to protect you from Windows Vista’s upgrade process.
Backup: Back up all your important data on your Windows XP PC.
Insert the Windows Vista DVD into your DVD drive and choose Install Now.
Choose Go Online to Get the Latest Updates for Installation (Recommended).
This step tells Vista to visit Microsoft’s Web site and download the latest updates — drivers, patches, and assorted fixes — that help make your installation run as smoothly as possible.
Type your product key and click Next.
The product key usually lives on a little sticker affixed to the CD’s packaging. Don’t click the check box called Automatically Activate Windows When I’m Online. You can do that later, once you know Vista works on your PC.
No product key? You’re stuck. You can’t install Windows Vista without a product key. (If you’re reinstalling a version of Vista that came pre-installed on your PC, look for the product key printed on a sticker affixed to the side or back of your PC.)
Write your product key on top of your Windows Vista DVD with a felt-tip pen. That way, you’ll always have your valid product key with your disc.
Read the License Agreement, click the check box next to I Accept the License Terms, and click Next.
Although it takes an hour or so to read Microsoft’s 25-page License Agreement carefully, you’ll need to select the I Accept the License Terms check box option before Microsoft allows you to install the software.
Choose Upgrade and click Next.
Upgrading preserves your old files, settings, and programs. If this option’s grayed out, one of the following could be a problem:
You’re trying to upgrade an incompatible version of Windows XP. You can’t install Windows Vista Home version on Windows XP Professional, for example.
Your copy of Windows XP doesn’t have Service Pack 2 installed. You can fix this by visiting Windows Update and downloading Service Pack 2. If the site refuses, you probably don’t have a genuine copy of Windows XP installed. Call your PC’s vendor, be it a store or the kid down the street who built it for you.
Your hard drive isn’t big enough. Your hard drive needs up to 15GB of free space to install Vista.
When you click Next, Vista copies files onto your PC’s hard drive and then installs itself. It usually restarts your PC a few times during the process.
Choose your country, time and currency, and keyboard layout, and click Next.
Vista looks at how your Windows XP PC is set up and guesses at your location, language, time, and currency. If it guesses correctly, just click Next. If it’s wrong, however, set it straight on your personal information by using your keyboard.
Choose Use Recommended Settings.
Vista’s recommended security settings keep Vista automatically patched and up-to-date.
If you’re connected to a network, choose your PC’s location.
Vista gives you options: Home, Work, or a Public Location.
If you choose Home or Work, Vista eases up on the security a bit, letting the PCs on the network see each other. If you’re in a public setting, though, choose Public Location. Vista keeps your PC more secure by not letting other PCs share any of its files.
When Windows Vista appears on the screen, run Windows Update.
Make sure that Vista recognizes your software.
Run all your old programs to make sure that they still work. You might need to replace some with newer versions. Drop by the manufacturer’s Web site to see whether they offer free updates.
Check the user accounts.
Make sure that your PC’s user accounts work correctly. If you want to make changes, go to Start→Control Panel→User Accounts and Family Safety to make any necessary changes.
Click the Activate Windows now icon in the Systems area of the taskbar.
Windows Vista’s Activation feature takes a snapshot of your computer’s parts and links it with Windows Vista’s serial number, which prevents you from installing that same copy onto another computer.
I have a computer with Window’s XP and another comuter with windows Vista. Can I delete windows Vista and install the cd of windows XP from my other computer?
Yes, no and maybe.
(Yes) You can delete Vista off the first computer by running the XP set up from the CD, and when it ask you about formatting and partitioning the drive, you need to delete the Vista partition and recreate it, format it and install XP. (It is NOT difficult – the set up will walk you through the process.) Remember that doing this will permanently delete all the files and other programs off the computer.
(No) The problem you are going to hit is that Windows XP needs an activation code before it will work. You can only use each code once. Since you have already used the code that came with the CD on the other computer, when you install it on the XP computer it will refuse to activate and will not run. You would have to purchase a second Windows XP code (with an activation code) for the Vista computer. you can not reuse the other CD.
(Maybe) Finally, you will want to check that there are XP drivers available for the Vista computer. Most newer computer (especially laptops) have hardware that ONLY works with Vista. There are no XP drivers available, so your video, audio, network card, CD/DVD etc. would not work if you switched to XP. Go to the PCs manufacturer’s web site and look in their Drivers or Download section and make sure that there are XP drivers available before you attempt the switch.
Yes, or you could keep Vista installed so you can boot into both, Vista’s a handy thing to have when Windows 7 comes out
and as long as you have a Software License to install XP again
You can’t. XP Mode was a Windows 7 add-on. To run XP on Windows 10, use a virtualization program (providing your hardware supports virtualization).
Hyper-V – Free; included w/Windows 10 Pro and above
VirtualBox – Free; http://www.virtualbox.org
VMware Workstation – Pricey; http://www.vmware.com
Why the need for XP, if you don’t mind the question?
- Proposed as answer by capt.laxman Sunday, January 21, 2018 6:14 AM
- Unproposed as answer by capt.laxman Sunday, January 21, 2018 6:14 AM
If you have a valid XP Product Key, you can install an XP VM in Windows 10.
In addition, If you run Windows 7 in a VM, and then a child VM with XP Mode. You can
stack them like that. Not the best performance though.
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- Edited by vivian_zhou Microsoft contingent staff Monday, January 15, 2018 8:10 AM
- Proposed as answer by vivian_zhou Microsoft contingent staff Wednesday, January 17, 2018 1:46 AM
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Some software programs supplied by OEM and approved by authorities as legal solutions in aviation run on an XP platform.
There may be no support for upgrade as this may require the OEM to go through the entire certification process again (expense of time and money for OEM).
They recommend newer, third party solutions which the customer can buy instead, or use the existing, legal solution on an XP platform.
I have a Windows XP disk and product key from my old computer (no longer functioning) and would like to use them to install an XP virtual machine on my new Dell PowerEdge T30 running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit so that I can run some old XP software. What are the steps?
- Edited by Tony LaMort Tuesday, January 15, 2019 6:19 PM
Windows XP is not supported under Windows 10 Hyper-V. You will need to get the Integration Components (IC) and install them manually. As an FYI, if you’re connecting to the VM remotely you will be out of licensing compliance. Your license is only valid if you’re working locally on the Windows 10 host, not remotely.
You should use a gen1 VM for XP.
If you need more help, do not post here, post in the correct forum for Windows 10 Hyper-V:
If you’re not using Hyper-V, you should post for help in the appropriate forum for your hypervisor.
This isn’t the correct forum for any Windows 10 hosted VMs.
If you wish to install Windows XP on a computer that comes with Windows Vista already installed then you will have to create a separate partition on your hard drive to install Windows XP onto. This effectively splits the hard drive into two, and keeps the different versions of Windows separate. To do this you need to open up the Computer Management screen by going to the Start menu and then right-clicking on Computer and selecting Manage.
From the Computer Management screen select Disk Management, right-click on your main hard disk where Windows Vista is installed and then select Shrink Volume. This opens up a window where you can choose how large you want the new drive partition for Windows XP to be.
You need to select the size of the new partition carefully, as you will need enough space to be able to install Windows XP successfully (around 10 gigabytes) whilst leaving enough space for Windows Vista. After you have selected the appropriate amount of space click on the Shrink button to begin the process, and once that has completed you should be able to right-click on the new partition (which should be labelled “Unallocated free space”) and select New Simple Volume.
Follow the on-screen instructions to configure the partition, set a drive letter (such as E:), give it a meaningful name such as “XP”, and then restart your computer. Whilst your computer reboots, access the BIOS and change to boot sequence to boot from your CD/DVD Drive before any other device, insert your Windows XP installation disc and then save and exit from BIOS.
You will then be taken to the Windows XP installation program where you should follow the instructions until you come to the screen asking you which partition to install Windows XP to. Make sure you select the new partition and not the one with Windows Vista installed, as this will cause problems. Once Windows XP has finished installing, you will notice that Windows XP loads up automatically, rather than giving you the choice of which operating system to use.
To rectify this insert your Windows Vista installation disc and restart the computer to access the Windows Vista installation program. From the Install Now screen select Repair My Computer, and then select your Windows Vista installation and then Startup Repair. You will now be able to choose which operating system to use when your computer starts up.
You might, but for the best experience, an upgrade is needed
Since Windows 10 is offered as a free upgrade for users who are running genuine Windows 7 or 8.1 on their computers, it’s pretty clear that these systems can run the new operating system flawlessly, but the big question for some users is how well the new software will work on old hardware designed for Windows XP or Vista.
Considering that Windows XP was launched 14 years ago, it’s not such a shocking thing that installing Windows 10 on a computer that shipped with the ancient OS takes longer than expected or doesn’t work at all, but fortunately, it turns out that, in some cases, it actually runs pretty smoothly.
“You may purchase Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store or other retailers and install it on your existing device running Windows XP or Windows Vista if your device meets the minimum spec requirements for Windows 10. You will need to back up any existing files before installing Windows 10. It will be a ‘clean’ install. However, we recommend you experience Windows 10 on a newer device,” Microsoft explains.
So Microsoft says that it might be possible to run Windows 10 on an XP or Vista computer, but what about hardware requirements?
Below are the system requirements of Windows XP:
|Processor||Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)|
|RAM||At least 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM (128 MB is recommended)|
|HDD space||At least 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available space on the hard disk|
|Graphics||Video adapter and monitor with Super VGA|
|Display||800 x 600 pixel resolution or higher|
And these are the system requirements of Windows Vista:
|Processor||800-megahertz (MHz) 32-bit (x86) processor or 800-MHz 64-bit (x64) processor|
|RAM||512 megabytes (MB) of system memory|
|HDD space||20-gigabyte (GB) hard disk that has 15 GB of free hard disk space|
|Graphics||DirectX 9-class graphics card|
|Display||32 MB of graphics memory|
And finally, here are the Windows 10 system requirements:
|Processor||1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC|
|RAM||1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit|
|HDD space||16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS|
|Graphics||DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver|
|Display||1024×600 pixel resolution or higher|
Not to mention that, for some specific features, hardware upgrades are required anyway, so if you really want to make the most of Windows 10, just give up on the old computer and get a new one that should be good to go for at least 10 years from today.
One of the most common problems encountered in configuring a dual-boot between Windows XP and Windows Vista happens when you try to install Windows XP on a computer with Windows 7/Vista already installed. When you install Windows XP, it’ll remove the bootmgr/BCD used by newer versions of Windows (Vista, 7, & 8) and use its own instead.
Installing Windows XP on a PC already with Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
If you follow these instructions, you should be able to add Windows XP to a system that already has a newer version of Windows installed – with minimal headache and no loss of data.
Prepping the Machine for an XP Installation
The first thing to do is to get your system ready for installing Windows XP. There are a couple of things you need to do:
Do you already have a free partition or a separate physical disk that you can install Windows XP to? If so, skip on to the next section.
- Download the free GParted Live CD or use a commercial partition editor, and boot into it.
- Use the partition manager to shrink the partition with Windows Vista/7 to make enough room at the end of the drive for Windows XP.
- Add a new partition located after the Windows Vista/7 partition you just shrunk. Make sure it has been formatted as NTFS. It doesn’t need to be primary, and should not be active.
- Reboot into the Windows XP setup CD
It’s very important to make sure that this partition was created at the end of the drive, or else you might no longer be able to boot into Windows because your partition numbers and offsets have changed.
Installing Windows XP
If you’re installing Windows XP to a separate physical drive, do not disconnect the Windows Vista or Windows 7 drive, and do not change the drive boot order in the BIOS. This will not help and will make it terribly difficult to get your dual-boot working again!
You cannot install Windows XP by running the installer from within a newer version of Windows, instead, you’ll have to boot from the CD:
- Make sure your BIOS is configured to boot from the CD. Some computers also let you press F8 to pick where you want to boot from – you may use that option instead.
- Put your Windows XP CD in the drive and press a key when you see the “Press any key to enter Windows Setup…” message.
- If you’re installing Windows XP to a SATA drive, make sure you hit F6 to load the SATA drives.
- When you’re presented with a screen that has a list of hard drives and partitions, use the arrow keys to select the empty NTFS partition you created in the previous section, then press ‘Enter’ to continue.
- Let Windows XP setup finish. It will reboot several times – do not interrupt it.
Setting up the Dual-Boot
Once Windows XP setup has finished, it’ll automatically boot you into the newly installed copy of Windows XP – note that you will not be able to boot into Vista/7 at this point, nor will you see a boot menu option for it. This is because Windows XP has installed its own bootloader on top of the Windows Vista bootloader, and it does not recognize newer versions of Windows.
- Once in Windows XP, download and install the Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework SP1.
- Download and install the latest version of EasyBCD.
- Once in EasyBCD, go to the “Bootloader Setup” page, and select “Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR” then “Write MBR” to get the EasyBCD bootloader back.
EasyBCD BCD deployment screen
- Once that’s done, head on to the “Add New Entry” page and select “Windows NT/2k/XP/2003” from the drop-down list, give it a name, then press “Add Entry” to finish. Leave the checkbox for automatic configuration checked, and do not manually change the drive in EasyBCD thereafter. The settings EasyBCD chooses may look wrong, but it’s complicated.
EasyBCD adding WinXP entry
- Now reboot.
You won’t be able to select the drive that your Windows XP entry points to. This is because EasyBCD will automatically search for NTLDR, the Windows XP bootloader, and pick the right drive for you. For more information, read the main Windows XP page. Don’t try changing this yourself, your system will not boot if you do!
- If all has gone well (assuming you followed the directions here to a tee, there is no reason for it not to have), you should be presented with the EasyBCD boot menu when you restart your machine.
- You’ll have the old Windows Vista/7 entry and the new Windows XP entry you created in the steps above. Selecting each should get you into the respecting operating system without a problem.
- Feel free to run EasyBCD in either OS and customize your dual-boot by renaming entries, changing the default OS, and modifying the menu timeout.
- Grab yourself a copy of iReboot from the “Useful Utilities” page – it’s free and you’ll love it.
Please see the the Troubleshooting XP Boot Issues page for answers to any issues you might have.
If you are planning to buy a printer soon, then you should definitely consider buying a network printer because prices have recently come down and now you can get a network printer at a nearly same price as an ordinary printer. Now, once you have purchased a network printer, you need to be aware of few things. One thing to be aware of is that to share your network printer on your home network, you firstly need to install a network printer so that all the computers on your network can use it. The advantage of having such a printer is that you will only need one network printer for your entire network and this will ultimately help you save money on office equipment as well as space. Nowadays, the average person has more than one computer and share available resources over a home network. No one wants their house full of unnecessary office equipments. Therefore, we need to use a network printer. For instance, if you have three computers at your home network, you will only need one printer for all of them.
The most important thing that you need to know is how to add a network printer onto your home network because windows users who wish to use and print to a shared network printer will first need to add the printer to Windows whether it be windows XP, vista, or windows 7. The instructions for adding a network printer to windows are comparatively different depending on the version you are using. We will go through all the instructions for adding network printer on windows XP, vista, and windows 7. Let us first consider adding a network onto windows XP. Before beginning with anything, there are few important things that you need to know. For example, to install a network printer, you must know your printer manufacturer, model name, and IP address. You really don’t need to worry too much about these things because you can find this information on your printer. It can be easily found on the printer case. If you want to know the IP address, you can search for it on a label attached to the printer. After recording all the information, you can start with the installation procedure.
Click on the start button and open the control panel. In the control panel, click on printers and faxes, then click on add printer. A new window will then open asking to click next if you wish to continue. Click next to start. Another step is to select local printer attached to this computer. Also, make sure “automatically detect and install” my plug and play printer is not checked. Click on next to proceed further. Now create a new port for your network printer. Select create a new port. You can instead click on the down arrow and then click standard TCP/IP port. Move forward by clicking next. A new “add printer” port wizard will open and click next to continue. Another window that opens will ask you to type the printer IP address in the printers name or IP address field.
As soon as you mention the IP address, the port name will automatically be filled. Remember not to change the port name. Now click next to continue. Windows XP will scan the network to find your printers IP address. Select finish to continue. Move forward by selecting the printer’s manufacturer and model. You will then be prompted to confirm the selected printer driver. Make sure to click on keep existing driver and click next to continue. You will be asked to assign the printer a name. Click yes to continue. In another window, you will be asked to share the network printer. Do not share the network printer and click next to continue. Click on finish button to complete the add printer wizard.
For windows vista and windows 7, you will be asked for few more different options but make sure to read the warning or information each window prompts and then click next to continue. In general, the wizards for Vista and Windows 7 will be pretty similar to the above steps for XP.
Windows XP is one of the most popular Microsoft’s Operating System during its days. Still, many people with old and low configuration computers are using it. In this post, I will show you step by step procedure, How you can Download and Install Windows XP operating system on your computer as a fresh clean installation.
Before we start, firstly make sure you have a USB drive or CD-RW where you can make a bootable Image for Windows XP. Secondly, you should have a computer with the following Minimum System Requirements:
- Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
- At least 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM (128 MB is recommended)
- At least 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available space on the hard disk
- Video adapter and monitor with Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution
Step 1: Creating a Bootable Windows XP USB Image
- To create a bootable Windows XP USB or CD, Firstly you have to download a Windows XP ISO file. You can download it from ISORIVER via this link.
- Next, you have to download a Bootable USB/CD creation tool link PowerISO or Rufus. Both these tools you can download it for free at ISORIVER.
- After that, you have to Burn the Windows XP ISO using the above tools on your USB drive or CD-RW.
Watch the Video Tutorial
Step 2: Installing Windows XP using Bootable USB drive
- After you have successfully created your bootable Windows XP USB or CD, now it’s the time to boot your system from that.
- For that, you have to go into your System BIOS and Change the Boot Disk Preference to USB or CD depending upon your choice.
- After that, your system will run Windows XP Installation Setup.
- Now in the Partition Manager, you can Format your Hard Disk or create new partitions.
- After choosing your desired partition the installation will start, It will take around 30 to 50 Mins depending upon your system. Your computer may restart several times.
- Please Note : During Restarts, you should not boot again from your USB drive.
Watch the Video Tutorial
Step 3: Installing Drivers
Unlike today’s Windows, Windows XP doesn’t include most of the drivers. You have to manually download drivers from your manufacturer’s website and Install it.
You can also software like Driver Booster, which will scan your system automatically and Install the required drivers.
Features of Windows XP
Remote Desktop: The professional Windows XP operating system allows the user to use the Remote Desktop Connection feature to sit on a computer and gain remote access to another computer.
Device Driver Recovery: This new feature in Windows XP allows users to uninstall an installed device driver. If users install device drivers that cause system instability, they can easily revert to the previous driver.
Built-in CD burner: When Windows XP came along, it released the built-in CD burner. Now you no longer need to install CD burning software, the user can burn files directly through Windows Explorer.
Compatibility with the encrypted file system for multiple users: this function is designed for Windows XP Professional, the encrypted file system allows you to access files and folders encrypted by multiple users.
Enhanced device support: Windows XP supports USB 2.0, Intel high-definition audio, FireWire, and Windows-based image scanners, etc.
Windows XP is a great operating system and will always remain. I hope this tutorial had helped you Install Windows XP on to your computer. You can also download other Windows versions from our website. Also, If you need any support during installation, you can contact us via email or submit a query on our forums.
- May 21, 2008
Hi, I’m Chic..
I was wondering how to install windows xp in my notebook which already has
windows vista as a default operating system? Since I got problem using the
external modem using Windows vista (don’t hv the installation cd for Vista),
I want to have 2 Operating system in my notebook.
Last nite I tried to install the Windows XP Proffesional, but there was a
message : the windows that already install in the computer is the newer
version, it’s no compatible with the one on the disk”. If I want to replace
the newer one, the file and settings won’t be back.
What shoul I do..
- May 21, 2008
A. On an OEM (HP, Sony, etc.) computer:
1. Go to the OEM’s website and look for XP drivers for your specific model
computer. If there are no XP drivers, then you can’t install XP. End of
story. If there are drivers, download them and store on a CD-R or USB
thumbdrive; you’ll need them after you install XP.
2. Check with the OEM – either from their tech support website or by calling
them – to see if you will void your warranty if you do this. If you will
void the warranty, you make the decision.
3. If the OEM does support XP on the machine, call them and see if you can
have downgrade rights and have them send you an XP restore disk. This will
be far the easiest and best way of getting XP on the machine.
4. If XP is supported on the machine but the OEM doesn’t have an XP restore
disk for you, understand that you’ll need to purchase a retail copy of XP
from your favorite online or brick/mortar store.
5. Also understand that you will need to do a clean install of XP so if you
have any data you want, back it up first.
6. If none of the above is applicable to you because you can’t run XP on
that machine (see Item #1 above), return the computer and purchase one
running XP instead.
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I have just gotten a new computer and it has no operating system on it. I know where the boot menu is but what is it that i select so i can have an operating system for my computer?
I have windows xp disk
for starters you need xp cd which is bootable
next you need to go to bios setup
then you need to set the boot order to cd first
and yeah startup with the xp disc it will load and the rest of the steps are fairly simple by following the on screen instruction to get xp installed
You need a CD-ROM disk with either Windows ($200 or so), or Linux ($0) on it. Put it in the computer’s CD or DVD drive and restart the computer. If it is a relatively new computer, the last 5 years or so, it should immediately start the operating system install process and start asking you questions. Sounds like you are in the BIOS menu area now. Unless you know what you are doing get out of that and don’t change anything.
If you have an XP install disk then put it in the CD/DVD drive and make sure your bios is set so that it can boot from the CD/DVD drive and you can install from there.
BTW, getting into your bios typically involves pressing the delete, F2 or F10 key at boot time when indicated on the boot screen. Depending on your computer it will be one of these keys and hopefully your boot screen will be helpful. If not you will need to try them all or check your manual for the computer or motherboard if you have it. If not then you need to know what it is and find the manual online. Once you get into the bios then you need to go to the boot options menu and set boot orders.
You must insert your operating system disc into your CD drive. In the boot settings make sure your CD drive is first so it runs from the CD. This should start the installation of your operation system automatically. If you have a sata hookup and do not have a slipstreamed windows CD you will have to load your SATA files onto a floppy and have it boot from the floppy first. This will install the SATA files and then continue on with the windows install.
you should objective to format the confusing tension and attempt a sparkling deploy with the XP disk. although, my laptop is a gateway. i attempted to place yet another replica of XP on it even though it does not take it. I formatted the confusing tension and it nevertheless does not take it. it might in ordinary terms take the XP restoration disk that got here with the laptop. Come to be certain my confusing tension has hidden documents that could no longer be erased or formatted. attempt the common STUFF FIRST: So considering your pc does not paintings in any case you should format the confusing tension and attempt to load XP or you will probable could desire to apply the restoration disk that got here with the IBM pc. you probably did attempt putting the disk in and restarting the pc precise? If its a bootable XP disk it may on the spot you to place in whilst the pc fires up. according to risk attempt to bypass in the process the C on the spot, stumble on the CD, then run setup.exe from the C on the spot. unsure what the deploy exe is yet i’m particular you will discover it. final element of attempt may well be the formatting. just so which you be attentive to.
Go into the BIOS and set it to boot from CD then just put in disk and reboot and it will start installing.
This article shows how to install Windows Vista with everything in your hard drive wiped. This means that documents, e-mails, photos, shortcuts, programs, etc will ALL be deleted and erased!
DISCLAIMER: Proceed at your own risk! The information here is accurate to the best of my knowledge. I will not be held responsible if this document causes your computer to explode or burst into flames. In real serious terms, if any corruption of data, hardware damage or any other kind of damage/losses/etc. arises from the use of this document, I will not be responsible for it. If you don’t like this, please don’t read any further.
Is this document intended for you?
- You want to install Windows Vista with EVERYTHING in your computer erased
- You have made a backup of all important stuff in your hard drive to an EXTERNAL media (i.e. external hard drive, DVD discs, etc)
- You have done your necessary homework to ensure that your hardware is compatible with Vista
Step By Step Guided Installation with Screen Shots
Insert the Windows Vista Installation CD/DVD and restart your PC. Look for the prompt. When it appears, hit the ENTER key on your keyboard.
. and continue loading .
Click Install Now.
Legal stuff.. place a checkmark at the appropriate place and click Next
Here’s where things get a bit technical.
That’s it – Vista has all the information it needs. It will now take onto auto pilot mode 🙂
You are able to see the progress and the current activity is highlighted in bold.
During this process, your system will restart automatically a number of times.
- Type in your preferred username, spaces and capital letters are allowed.
- Type in a password if you want additional protection.
- Select a picture to represent your account at the bottom.
- Click Next
You can always change your password and picture later on, but not your username. So type in wisely as it will be shown in the Welcome screen and Start menu.
Here you setup Automatic Updates
Here you adjust your time zone so that the correct time and daylight saving is used.
Thank you for installing Windows Vista!
It’s Not Over Yet!
- Install Chipset, Video, Sound drivers to utilize the full performance level of your PC. It should have come in a separate CD with your system.
- Install Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware applications. A firewall is good, but not required – as XP SP2 already comes with one.
- Visit WindowsUpdate.Com and download the latest patches
- July 27 2008 – v0.5
- First Release to the public in Bootstrike.Com
Last Updated 27th June 2008.
Errors? Omissions? Need Help? Know something? Post your queries in the Windows Vista Discussion Forum.
How do I install Ubuntu on my old desktop which functioned perfectly well till I got problems with Windows XP? At the moment all I can do is open a few of the files I saved to my USB. All my Excel and Word files on it cannot be opened though because my trying to improve XP by reinstalling it using the original cd resulted in all the programs I had including Office vanishing.
I cannot go to any webpages either as essential files are missing. My desktop only has 256 MB of RAM. My technical skills are zero unfortunately.
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If you only have 256 MB RAM I would use Lubuntu. This is a flavour of Ubuntu that uses the fewest resources. You may even want to try something else than Ubuntu.
256 MB RAM is really small. Even Windows XP (with all updates) would be really slow. Maybe you can try to upgrade it to 512 MB.
Also, some more information about your system would be nice.
To install it you’ll have to use a CD or USB drive. I think a CD will be the best choice as older systems are usually not able to boot from USB.
You can download the ISO from the Lubuntu website and burn it on CD using ImgBurn (or another program that can burn ISO images). Don’t just drop the ISO file itself on the CD as it will not be bootable that way.
Then you’ll have to start your computer from the CD. This is usually done by pressing F2 or DEL just after you power on your computer.
Search for something called Boot Order and make sure CD is on top. Then save and exit. Your PC will now start from CD.
Just follow the on-screen instructions. If you have any questions you can leave a comment.
Ubuntu has an internet browse (Firefox) and a office suite (LibreOffice: including Word and Excel) built in.
LibreOffice is not the same as Microsoft Office, but you can view and edit Microsoft Office documents with it.
I think Ubuntu also has an email client built in (Evolution) but I’m not sure about that. If it hasn’t you can always easily install it using the following command in the terminal or use Ubuntu’s Software Center:
I think you’ll get used to Ubuntu faster than you think, especially if you’re only using internet, email and office.
You can backup your important files to an USB drive by choosing Try Ubuntu when you boot from your Ubuntu CD (do this before installing Ubuntu).
Ubuntu will start a live environment. Open a file manager and on the left you’ll see all your hard disks. Click on Windows to open your Windows files (the name may be different, just try them all).
Your files will be in Documents and Settings/UserName . You can just drag them to your USB drive.
Microsoft Windows XP (Home and Professional) and Windows 2000 have built-in support for OpenType fonts (both .otf and .ttf), as well as PostScript Type 1 fonts (.pfb + .pfm) and TrueType (.ttf).
You can use the Windows Fonts control panel to install or remove fonts of all these formats, though the control panel is accessed slightly differently between Windows XP and Windows 2000. See the instructions below.
To install your fonts using a font management utility: (e.g., Extensisâ„¢ Suitcase, Font Reserve, or Font Navigator), refer to that utility’s documentation for instructions on adding and activating the fonts.
- Select “Control Panel” from the Start menu
- Select “Appearance and Personalization.”
- Select “Fonts.”
- In the Fonts window, Right Click in the list of fonts and choose “Install New Font.”
- Navigate to the folder that contains the fonts you want to install.
- Select the fonts you want to install. You can click to select one font, Control-click to select several fonts, or Shift-click to select a contiguous group of fonts.
- Press the “OK” button to install the fonts.
- Close the Fonts control panel when you are finished.
- The fonts are now installed and will appear in the font menus of your applications
- Double-click “My Computer.”
- Under “Other Places,” select “Control Panel.”
- If you are using the Classic View, select “Fonts.”
- If you are using the Category View, select “Appearance and Themes.”
- Under “See Also,” on the left-hand side of the screen, select “Fonts.”
- In the “Fonts” window, select the File menu, and choose “Install New Font.”
- Navigate to the folder that contains the fonts you want to install.
- Select the fonts you want to install. You can click to select one font, control-click to select several fonts, or shift-click to select a contiguous group of fonts.
- Press the “OK” button to install the fonts.
- Close the “Fonts Control Panel” when you are finished.
Install Windows 7 Inside Windows Vista or Windows XP Using Virtual PC
Did you notice a lot of buzz about Windows 7 , the latest operating system by Microsoft. The problem is that its still in beta phase, that means it is still under process of improvement and is not the final product yet. This operating system is designed to replace Windows Vista in long run. There are many new features and performance improvements in Windows 7 compared to Windows Vista. You can also try Windows 7, and you need not be a computer expert to do that.
In this post we will tell you an easy and convenient way to Install and Run windows 7 on your Windows XP or Windows Vista Computer, without formatting the hard disk or loosing any data. You can easily install and run it, and remove it anytime you like without affecting your currently running Windows Vista or Windows XP. Read on for full details.
In Continuation to our post on installing Windows XP inside Windows Vista, you can also use Virtual PC to Install Windows 7 on Windows Vista and Windows XP.
To do so, you will need about 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB of free space on your hard disk, no partitioning needed. You will also need Windows 7 DVD or ISO Image file, and a valid serial key of Windows 7 (Free beta version). Also you need to download and install Virtual PC, a free utility from Microsoft. If you got it all prepared, then see the following steps:
1. Install and run Virtual PC.
2. Create New Machine, name is Windows 7, allocate it 1GB of RAM and 16 GB of Virtual Drive space, which is needed for Windows 7 installation. For detailed steps, refer to this post, it tells detailed steps to create a virtual machine.
3. After this, run the Virtual Machine you created in step 2, and insert the Widows 7 DVD in tray or use the ISO image to start the installation as shown in image below:
Windows XP is a very old operating system that is barely used anymore. Microsoft no longer makes updates for it, and its pretty much obsolete. But what if you could run it on your iPhone? Well it turns out you can do just that with a cool application called iBox! This app emulates the operating system on your device, allowing full use of its features. It may not be the fastest as it lags a little bit, but that fact that it works at all is awesome.
Obviously this isn’t a practical way of using Windows XP. This is mainly meant as a cool thing you can try out yourself. The newer your device, the better the operating system will run. Older devices such as the iPhone 5 might not be able to run this very well, if at all. I’d recommend trying this on the iPhone 5s or newer.
Requirements & Notes
- This is not intended to be used as main operating system. The OS will lag a little bit, and is mainly just to show that it is possible.
- This will work better on newer devices. Older devices such as the iPhone 5 may not be able to run this very well, if at all.
- Once the iBox app has been installed, it will stop working after 7 days due to the certificate being expired. To fix this, you will need to reinstall it using the instructions below.
- This does not require a jailbreak.
- This works on any iOS version.
Even though having Windows up to date isn’t a requirement, having the most recent Windows version ensures you a safe and hassle-free computer experience.
Windows updates such as patches, service packs or other major updates, not only add new features to your system, but they also protect your computer from malicious attacks.
They also solve a few Operating System problems.
In this tutorial, you will learn to check if your Windows version is up to date and how to install Windows updates.
Don’t worry if you don’t have Windows 10, we will also cover older Windows versions.
How to Check and Install Windows Updates
Usually, Windows automatically downloads and installs the latest updates from Microsoft.
Sure, you can manually download each patch and apply it yourself, but Windows Update Service makes everything easier.
If you have Windows 10, you will find the Windows Update menu inside “Settings”. Getting there and checking for updates is simple:
- Click on the Start menu and choose “Settings”
- Click on “Update & Security”
- On the left side, choose the “Windows Update” tab
- Press the “Check for updates” button
While Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates, there might be a few pending updates. Windows isn’t constantly checking and downloading updates, so you can force it to immediately download the latest update by following these steps. Read on.
Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista
In Windows 8, 7 and Vista you access the Windows Update window via the Control Panel. There you can find Windows’ update history and lots of other configuration options.
Getting to the Windows Update panel in Windows 8, 7 and Vista is simple:
- Open the Start menu and go to the Control Panel
- Choose “Windows Update”
- Press the “Check for updates” button
These Windows versions are supposed to automatically download and install the newest updates, given you didn’t change the default settings. But this only happens with essential updates. Optional updates are only downloaded if permitted.
It is also important that Microsoft no longer supports Windows Vista, and, therefore, doesn’t release any new Windows Vista updates. If you have any pending Windows Vista updates, they’re probably old updates — Windows Vista support ceased on April 11, 2017.
Windows XP, 2000, ME and 98
Some business environments still run outdated Windows versions. If you’re running one of these versions at home, you why don`t you consider changing it for a more recent one.
You can still check for Windows updates regardless of what you`re running, Windows XP, 2000, ME or 98. The main difference is that the update service isn’t located on your computer but online.
The Windows Update website is quite similar to what you would find on the Control Panel in newer Windows versions. To check for updates and update history you just need to click on the respective links.
But keep in mind that Microsoft no longer supports any of these Windows versions. Windows XP support ended on April 8, 2014, so you’ll only see updates released prior to that date.
I nstalling Windows Updates Manually
If you don’t want Windows to download updates via its update service, you can manually download them from Microsoft’s Download Center and install them yourself.
Search for whichever update you’re looking for, download them and run the executable file.
You don’t really need to do that on your own. Most Windows updates are automatically installed on Tuesdays. You can also change the update date on your settings.
If you have any doubt regarding installing or checking for Windows updates, let us know. We will walk you through and solve your issue.
26 May 2007 7:16 AM
My daughter has a new HP computer that came pre-installed with Vista Premium with no separate Vista disks. She is not pleased with Vista as she feels her productivity has suffered and would like to have her old XP sp2 back. Is it a simple matter of installing the XP SP2 cd and reformatting the drive with the CD and installing XP or is there something proprietary that HP has done with their versions of Vista that will make this more difficult or impossible?
Cheers..Gerry Comox BC
Vista comes with native SATA hard drive support, and XP doesn’t. To fix this:
On bootup, enter the BIOS and disable native SATA support. WinXP will be able to read the hard drive. You can run WinXP with it disabled now.
However, to use SATA support, you will need your hard drive’s controller driver. The driver must be made into the Windows XP installation disk, so you will need to rip, edit, and burn the installation disc. For instructions on how to do this, see http://www.powerdonkey.net/windows/xp/sata_driver_update.php
I tried for about 2 weeks to get mt Vista laptop to run XP. I ended up doing this:
Make a recovery disc (as mentioned before)
Go online and download all available XP drivers and save them to a flash drive
Disable native SATA support
Install XP pro
Click Control Panel > Add New Hardware
– This should tell you what hardware needs drivers
Use your recovery disc to search for and install drivers
For each driver that won’t install, try the ones you downloaded
Your XP installation should be working
The only problem is, you don;’t have SATA support, so the hard drive won’t be as “good”. I couldn’t even tell a difference, personally.
I ended up installing Vista with a dual-boot. I just used the upgrade disc that came with my laptop and install Home Premium using the CD key on the back of my laptop. All the drivers I needed came integrated in Vista except for the QuickPlay features. So now I have XP when I need it and Vista when I want it.
Good luck to anyone else wanting to stick with XP with a new computer.
I thought that one must create a separate partition on the C: drive in order to dual boot. My googling the subject resulted in the following link:
My main gripe about Vista is the fact that not all of my old software is compatible with Vista. Only a few vendors will provide an updated version without paying for a compatible version. I do like the look and the speed, however.
My solution to the problem is to use my wife’s computer for Vista incompatible XP software. She only uses hers for an occasional e-mail.
Once Installed / Enabled the Vista Snipping Tool is a great free application bundled with Windows Vista and Windows 7. It’s easy to install and enable. The Snipping Tool is great for taking screenshots or “snips” and then annotate, save, or share the image or snapshots of your screen. Just follow these simple steps to enable it:
Step 1: Click the Windows Start Button and click Control Panel
Step 2: Click Programs icon
Step 3: Click Turn Windows features on or off as highlighted above
Step 4 (Final step): Check the box Tablet PC Optional Components.
All done! The Snipping Tool should now be installed in your Accessories Folder:
- Windows Start Button
- All Programs
- Snipping Tool
Note: Windows 7 comes with the Snipping tool enabled, so the How-To above does not apply as you cannot disable it using the Windows Feature Menu/Options. That being said, the Windows 7 Snipping tool is only available in the Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate/Enterprise editions of Windows 7. It’s funny how Microsoft didn’t include it with all versions as I feel it’s just as important as the Calculator or Notepad but whatever…
Disclaimer – All captures with the exception of the “SnagIt” capture below made using: SnagIt V8.2.3……… 🙂
There is no “deactivation” process for Windows XP. If you want to move your Windows XP installation to a different PC, use these steps:
- Remove Windows XP from its current hardware. You can remove Windows XP by using the “uninstall” routine; if you previously upgraded from another OS and you elected to save uninstall information at the time. You can also format the hard drive, and install an other Operating System.
- Install Windows XP on the other system.
- If 120-days have passed since you previously activated Windows XP, you should be able to use the automatic “on-line” activation method.
- If the activation fails, you will be prompted to call the Windows Activation center. A telephone number will be displayed on your screen. All you have to tell the activation center is that you removed Windows XP from one PC, and installed it on another PC. You will be asked for the 50-digit activation key. No other information is needed. If you are asked if you want to provide your details for registration, you can choose to decline. Registration is optional, and not required for activation.
- The operator at the activation center will give you a 42-digit key, which you type in to activate your new XP installation.
Note: This procedure will be allowed on retail copies of Windows XP. If you have an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version of Windows XP, this procedure will be disallowed in most cases. According to Microsoft, an OEM version of Windows XP is linked to the specific hardware it was sold on. Some OEM vendors have exceptions to this rule; you have to check with your OEM.