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How do I uninstall Windows 8 from my Gateway NE56R41u laptop and install windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Jts013094, Mar 24, 2015.

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  1. Jts013094

    Jts013094 Thread Starter

    Mar 24, 2015
    Hi, My step dad is very old-school when it comes to computers, he has gotten the hang of using Windows XP pretty well but refuses to conform to any of the newer windows operating systems. He recently purchased a Gateway NE56R41u Laptop running Windows 8 Home, and he absolutely hates it. So I recommended that he go online and purchase a copy of the Windows XP operating system and I would just install it on his laptop for him. Well he purchased a brand new copy of Windows XP, however when I attempted to install it I keep receiving an error message stating that the program has compatibility issues. I followed the prompts on my screen and ran the Program compatibility Assistant which attempted running the program in Administrator mode but I continue to receive the same compatibility message when I try to install it. I understand that Windows XP pretty much became obsolete after they released windows 7 and that they no longer provide updates or even technical support for it, I tried explaining this to my step dad and recommended that he upgrade to at least windows Vista or Windows 7 but he is stupborn and refuses to use anything other than Windows XP. So I need to know if there is any way that I can get his laptop to install and run Windows XP.
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Does Gateway provide XP drivers (chipset, networking, graphics, sound, etc., etc.)? If not the only way you'll run XP on that machine is in a virtual machine (e.g., VirtualBox or VMWare Player) under Windows 8/8.1.
  3. md2lgyk


    Jul 3, 2003
    Would your stepdad be happy using something like Classic Shell, which is free and makes Win 8 look a lot more like previous Windows versions? There are other such programs as well, some free and others for a nominal cost. I suspect you will be unable to ever install XP on his new computer, except in a virtual machine as TerryNet noted.

    Win 8 really is a much better operating system than XP. I didn't care much for it at first either, but now I wouldn't ever go back. Has the laptop been updated to Win 8.1? If not, if should be. That will at least restore the Start Menu - I personally never use the "charms" or touch-screen features.
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