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changing vista to xp??

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by scubarog, Apr 11, 2010.

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  1. scubarog

    scubarog Thread Starter

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    Hi
    I have a HP mini running on windows vista but is very slow, it only has a 1.2 processor so i know it will never be super quick but i have been told that if i change to windows XP it will speed up a bit. Just was wondering if anyone knows if this is true?? Or if there is another way to speed my laptop up??
    many thanks
     
  2. etaf

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    you need to make sure all the XP drivers are available from the HP site first - you may not be able to get drivers for some of the hardware...
     
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    Hi thanks for the reply!!!! sorry how do i go about finding out if these drivers exist? i have tried to speak with someone at hp but as my computer is just past its warrenty they say they wont help me. Any ideas?? thanks
    Roger
     
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    Yes, you can see from there website - need exact model
    goto the driver download support site
    http://welcome.hp.com/country/uk/en/support.html?pageDisplay=drivers
    make sure "Download drivers and software (and firmware)" is selected little round button to click on the lefthand side
    Now in the "for Product" box - put in your exact Model
    you should then be presented with A) a choose of model variants or b) choose your operating systems - choose XP and have a look at the drivers that are available, you will need to see, Audio, Video, Modem, Network, wireless & LAN etc etc
    If you run www.belarc.com on your PC now it will list all the hardware
     
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    hi
    sorry if i sound stupid but i have checked hp site and belarc but am still unsure if all the drivers that i would need are available. i checked hp for both xp and vista and they were simular in what was available. could you please give me some advice on what to do next when you get a chance.
    thanks for all your help!
     
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    the fact they have any is good - your PC now has Vista - correct - i would do as you have, check the difference between the two,
    do you have an audio driver for XP for the same hardware type as belarc advised
    do you have a video driver for XP forthe same hardware type as Belarc advised

    You need to do two things really - do you have the XP drivers for the hardware devices you have on the PC

    whats the exact model of the machine ?
     
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    My laptop is HP2133
    I was unable to find hardwear from belarc, i have run and it comes up with all info about my laptop but im not sure as what m looking for.
    cheers
     
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    sorry should have put full model its hp2133 mini-note pc
    out of interest if i bought a windows xp installation disc would all the drivers be installed?
    as you can probably tell by now im hopeless with all this technical stuff thanks alot for your patience
    cheers
     
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    NO - you would need the HP recovery CDs for XP for that machine , and even then may not have all the drivers ON
    Before you do anything, I would make sure you have the recovery CDs to that laptop to go back to Vista -
    Heres a document on making a recovery disk - i would make sure you DO THIS First - so you have a way back
    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...support/SupportManual/c01584010/c01584010.pdf

    Lots of support documents http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...Id=101&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=3687084

    This maybe useful to do as well - recovery to a USB drive - http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...=3687084&prodTypeId=321957&objectID=c01890478

    Looking at all the drivers and comparing the vista to the XP - all looks good - BUT that's NO Guarantee it will work and be all OK

    the only other problem I see - is that your windows XP CD will not recognise the SATA harddrive that is in the PC - so will not be able to copy the installation without the SATA drivers - as the CD boots it will ask at one point for the SATA drivers - by pressing F6 I think it is - need to check that setting - trying to see if i can find the sata drivers
     
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    Yep, as i suspected - issues with seeing the harddrive in XP
    Question raised here:-
    http://forums13.itrc.hp.com/service...294920&admit=109447627+1271065536182+28353475

    Driver found here:- BUT it needs to use a USB Floppy Driver
    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...swItem=ob-54270-1&lang=en&cc=us&idx=1&mode=4&

    I know you can make a slipstream CD and include the drivers that way onto the CD - again need to look up - I'm sure its on this forum somewhere - posted by triple6 I think - i'll see what i can find
     
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    Thanks for all your advice!!!
    One last question if i may ask, In your opinion would xp speed up my computer? and if you were me would you change if it were possible?
    really greatful for your time!!
     
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    heres an OLD post from triple6 on slipstreaming http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/715089-solved-xp-setup-not-seeing.html DO NOT use the link to the drivers mentioned as they are for a different system
    http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/715089-solved-xp-setup-not-seeing.html
    The links to the guides etc are still valid

    it may work with the bios change mentioned by frank4d in the same post - have a look in the bios and see what options you have to change - dont make the changes just see whats available
    on HP PCs its usually F10 to enter setup/bios and usually as you boot a message comes up to press F10 to enter bios/setup for a short period - You will have an option to exit bios WITHOUT making any changes - do make sure you choose this
     
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    i dont know is the true answer to that, and just how much performance will improve by - Whats the spec of your PC - on the HP site you have the choice of three different CPUs and also different amount of memory
    goto

    control panel
    classic setup
    system
    and on the first page it should say the CPU speed and the memory installed
     
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    Yes, XP uses very less resources as compared to that of vista.
    Better Downgrade to XP.

    BTW,Best of luck
     
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