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    I have a computer that is running Vista and it having a lot of problems. I would like to downgrade to XP Pro. Does anyone have experience doing this? The biggest question is did you have problems with drivers and how did you overcome that problem?

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    [quote name='SOB_1939' post='798163' date='15-Oct-2009 11:36']I have a computer that is running Vista and it having a lot of problems. I would like to downgrade to XP Pro. Does anyone have experience doing this? The biggest question is did you have problems with drivers and how did you overcome that problem?

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    The hardware and drivers will be your biggest issue.

    You should check with the computer manufacturer to determine if the hardware and drivers are compatable with XP.
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    [quote name='SOB_1939' post='798163' date='15-Oct-2009 11:36']I have a computer that is running Vista and it having a lot of problems. I would like to downgrade to XP Pro. Does anyone have experience doing this? The biggest question is did you have problems with drivers and how did you overcome that problem?

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    Some questions:
    1. Is this machine an OEM type like Dell, HP or similar?
    2. Do you have a valid MS CD of Win XP Pro? Not an OEM recovery CD.
    3. Do you have data existing on the Vista version that you need to save? ( if so, copy\backup same before doing anything )
    4. Also, what do you mean by "having a lot of problems"? For example?

    With a full XP Pro CD you can just reformat your HD and start from scratch. Drivers should NOT be a problem unless you have some specialized piece of hardware. If so, download and save any special drivers that are for XP.
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    [quote name='SOB_1939' post='798163' date='15-Oct-2009 22:36']I have a computer that is running Vista and it having a lot of problems. I would like to downgrade to XP Pro. Does anyone have experience doing this? The biggest question is did you have problems with drivers and how did you overcome that problem?[/quote]
    I think you may have a challenge if this computer has a SATA hard disk, since XP doesn't include the startup drivers for SATA drives. There are work arounds but these are kinda complicated.

    Later computers may have a BIOS which addresses this problem, and if you do have a SATA drive, there might be a BIOS upgrade to solve this.

    Regarding other hardware drivers, not sure I agree with Viking that these will not be a problem. It may be possible to locate these from the maker, but for my Acer notebook, I had to search around the various regional support sites to find them. They were not on the local support site; I think I found them on the Europe support site.

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    [quote name='SOB_1939' post='798163' date='15-Oct-2009 16:36']I have a computer that is running Vista and it having a lot of problems. I would like to downgrade to XP Pro.[/quote]
    As an alternative, have you considered upgrading to Windows 7?
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    [quote name='wartaaids' post='798270' date='15-Oct-2009 19:26']Regarding other hardware drivers, not sure I agree with Viking that these will not be a problem.[/quote]
    We might know more if the OP answers the questions I posed. Until such time, who knows?
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    [quote name='viking33' post='798430' date='16-Oct-2009 13:15']We might know more if the OP answers the questions I posed. Until such time, who knows? [/quote]
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