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How do i downgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows XP?

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    Chester, UK
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    Windows 8 Industry Enterprise

    How do i downgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows XP?


    Hi,

    My Packard Bell Dot s2 originally came with Windows 7 Starter, this year I updated all of my PCs to Windows 8.1 Industry Enterprise. Now I have a new netbook I wanted to know how to downgrade the Dot s2 to Windows XP.


    I Have the ISO for XP Professional and have copied them to USB with Rufus but when I boot from the USB it just shows a black screen for 2-3 seconds and then boots to 8.1.

    Is there any other way of doing this?

    Much appreciated if you could help me fix this,


    PetrosLitt

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  2. #2


    Welcome to the forum.

    Installing XP on a computer designed for Windows 7 can be a serious challenge, and one that may eventually prove futile. One problem, among others, is that XP compatible drivers may not be available. The XP CD will not have drivers foir hardware that did not exist when it was created. And many hardware manufacturers stopped supporting XP years ago. Check this before proceeding.

    You need a compelling reason to install XP on more modern hardware. If you really must run XP it is usually better done by installing it on a virtual machine.
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  3. #3


    Chester, UK
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Industry Enterprise

    Drivers Available for XP


    The Packard bell website said the model of netbook I have came with XP before Seven was released. they also provide XP drivers for my netbook on the download center on their website.

    Thank you for the welcome by the way .
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    Considering SSD in that system, it may be most serious challenge. Not much of support for it in XP.
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    Chester, UK
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Industry Enterprise


    The computer I am hoping to install on has a 250GB HDD
    Last edited by petroslitt; 28 Oct 2014 at 05:27.
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  6. #6


    You may want to check with that computer's manufacturer for an XP, there my be some drivers that have to be incorporated with XP to work on it.
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  7. #7


    Chester, UK
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Industry Enterprise


    My earlier post States that the netbook is comparable with windows XP
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    Quote Originally Posted by petroslitt View Post
    My earlier post States that the netbook is comparable with windows XP
    That does not mean it has all the necessary drivers for particular model built in a "virgin" XP as it comes from MS. It would not be first time it's like that.
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    Chester, UK
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Industry Enterprise


    I've just Been on the manufacturers website and all the necessary XP drivers are available for my netbook. Does that mean I can go ahead and install
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    Quote Originally Posted by petroslitt View Post
    I've just Been on the manufacturers website and all the necessary XP drivers are available for my netbook. Does that mean I can go ahead and install
    Yes, sure if it will install at all, you can install proper drivers later on. But, you said that it would not install and I surmised that it may be because those or some of those drivers are not incorporated on ordinary XP ISO.
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