How do i remove windows 8, and install windows xp?
Question: i'm not very good with computers, however i am comfortable with windows xp home edition. please use layman language. thanks
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You will need a Windows XP disc first. Then I suggest you get someone that knows how to do a clean install of Windows XP over Windows 8. I can explain it rather simply but it will require that you know things like changing your BIOS settings to change boot order or know what keys to press to go straight into boot options to install XP. http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatings... This guide may work. It's just something quick I Google'd. Edit: And another thing people always forget about when changing OS's like that, you need to find the correct drivers for the respective OS you're using. Since you're going down to XP, MAKE SURE you know you can download drivers (like for WiFi, video card, etc) that is available for XP. I see too many questions regarding this situation that screws them over because the drivers are not available for the respective OS.
You have to format and reparition the hard drive first to remove all of Vista from it before you can install XP. If you run the WIndows XP install, right after you do the F8 to agree, you get the option to partition and format the drive.
It's complicated so if you're not very good with computers then you won't want to do this at all. In computing terms, Windows XP is an ancient OS. If you have a new computer then the manufacturer probably doesn't even have XP drivers for your model. Without decent XP drivers your PC would be basically crippled. So first you need to go to your PC manufacturer's and look for Windows XP drivers for your model number. Once you've got those then you need to disable secure boot. Its a new security feature that prevents rootkits and other malware from running before your OS and antivirus can protect your PC. With it enabled you won't be able to boot any OS except for Windows 8. Here's a guide. http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/170... Now you'll need a copy of Windows XP Home Edition. If you don't have one you'll need to buy one. Here's a link. http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64... Here's how to do a clean install of Windows XP. Make sure you backup anything you want to keep to a secondary hard drive or external hard drive. All the programs installed on your PC will be wiped out too so make sure you download the product keys for any programs that need them. You will also want to save those XP drivers because you might not be able to get online to download them after you have XP installed. Here's a guide to doing a clean install of Windows XP. http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatings... After you get XP installed, install your drivers, the copy over your backup files and reinstall your programs. Don't forget to run Windows Update and download all the updates. There is going to be a ton so you might have to let this run for a long time and there will be several restarts needed before it's finished. This is a big project so you might want to dedicate a whole weekend for installing and sorting out any troubles along the way. Or you could bypass the whole process in two ways. First is to learn to use Windows 8. Here's a good tutorial. http://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheMissingWindows8InstructionalVideo.aspx I imagine the second way would be the easiest for you. Just install a start menu replacement. It seems most people don't like Windows 8 because of the start screen but that's super easy to fix. Installing a start menu replacement will let your PC boot directly to the desktop and give Windows 8 a Windows XP/Vista/7-style start menu. A lot of them are even free. Here's a link to a selection of start menu replacements. http://lifehacker.com/5955089/how-to-bring-back-the-start-menu-in-windows-8 I prefer Start8. It's not free but it's a heck of a lot less expensive and a ton less hassle than trying to install XP. - Dominic
Hi whats up? Since u bought an upgrade disc u should have made sure of the following. When u upgrade u can't clean install. If u r using Windows 2000 professional u can only uprgade to Xp Professional. If u r using 2000 server then u can not upgrade and need to reinstall completely because there is no server edition. I recommend that u download kill disk and completely remove all data on ur hard disk and boot from the upgrade cd. While installing it may ask for ur windows 2000 cd just to check whether u own a previous version of windows and whether or not u can legally upgrade. If this deons't work then u may have to buy a Xp new installation cd. Good Luck and take care!
1: If this is a computer that used to have XP, then just reformat your HD and then install XP OR #2: If this is a computer that is new which came with Win 8, then before you do this, you're going to have to make sure your computer can run XP. A lot of newer computers will not run the legacy drivers for XP. So you need to insure your motherboard, Ram, and chipset will run it. That's going to take some research by you, not us, on that. You will need to find the manufacturer of each item, then search the net to see if XP will run on it.
From what i understand you want to install xp on your computer until you get enough money for vista. Then install vista after removing windows xp. IF that's the case then not only will you have to install your drivers again but any programs you have installed on xp will have to be re-installed. I recommend just sticking with xp, IMO it is much more stable and uses less resources than vista does. Just to give you an idea of how much vista hogs your system. My computer came with vista pre-installed. It idled at 38% with no programs running in the background. I un-installed vista and put xp on my computer and i ran 19% with no program open. I idle at 40% with over 10 programs open at once running in the background (anti virus, itunes etc.etc.) Anyways if you do go the way you are talking you will also need drivers compatible with vista. The ones that are compatible with xp only will NOT work.
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