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Video: Downgrading from Vista to XP

Alot of you complained because I did'nt show you step by step how to do the Vista downgrade. So instead of telling you about it, here is a quick run through on doing it.

I recommend doing a full wipe and reload, as anytime an OS downgrade or uninstall is performed it seems to cause trouble. I personally never use any downgrade utilities or uninstallers for operating systems because they have a bad history of simply not working. BEFORE you erase your hard drive, and reload Windows XP BACK UP YOUR FILES. Reformating your hard drive will delete your files from it, and the only way to get them back is to pay a professional data recovery company, or shell out some cash on a set of recovery tools.

Make sure you have a Windows XP OEM CD (or one specific for your computer), and a valid product key, as you will need to activate Windows XP once it is installed.

Finally I have seen many comments on these videos that people are getting messages that Windows cannot detect their hard drive. This is because your computer is using either a RAID controller, is configured to use RAID, or has a SATA controller Windows XP does not know about. You must either disable RAID in your bios, or download the startup drivers for your controller card from your motherboard, or computer manufacturer's website. When the windows setup begins with the blue screen you will need to press F6 on your keyboard to choose additional device drivers. These can ONLY be read from a floppy drive with Windows XP. If you do not have a floppy drive you will need to get one if you require additional drivers for XP to detect your hard drive.

Unfortunately due to YouTube's video time limit we had to break this video into two parts.


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Last Updated: 09/17/2009 09:16 PM

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