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dg101

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We are in need of a new computer, but have quite a bit of fairly new software which has limited (or no) compatibility with Vista (I've done the research). Unfortunately, most all of the new computers now come with Vista pre-installed. In order to get the configuration and pricing that I want, I'd like to get a new computer, remove Vista (would it let me reformat the hard drive?), and do a clean install of XP SP2. I've reformatted and done clean installs of 98 and all previous versions, but haven't had the need yet on XP, and have no idea how Vista would act. Plus, I've never tried to go backwards in terms of versions. Would this be a reasonable approach? Is it even possible? If so, where might I find instructions (I've found instructions for going back to a previously loaded XP, but not for specifically what I'm looking to do.)

Thanks for any help!
 

DoubleHelix

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It doesn't matter what operating system is currently installed since you're going to wipe everything and load a new OS. You just put the XP disk in, boot from it, and follow the prompts.
 
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Will you have the drivers for that hardware available to install on XP....since the drivers may only be made for Vista....
 

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I would bet you can still purchase a new computer with Windows XP. I am sure none of the major manufacturers are going to turn that down at this point.
 

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As near as I can tell .. All the new Computers are being shipped w Vista installed.
If you get one off the shelf with XP installed ... You'll be entitled to a free Vista upgrade.
Sounds like that's the best way to go ... you should then have a choice.
Better make sure you'll be getting something better than Vista home Basic.

I just read ... Home Basic is so limited ...
They added some routines to let you upgrade it (at additional cost) when you find out you won't like it.
Better hurry.
 
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