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Old 06-25-2007, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can I downgrade from Vista to XP? Plus I believe I have the windows XP upgrade, Can I use that? Its on the other computer, will it hurt if I have two versions of XP running at the same time. If I can't, is the Micrsoft WIndows XP home edition OEM a good buy from Newegg.com? What is the difference from the real thing? Thanks.
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Ok.. you cant downgrade like you may think.

But you can run different versions of windows on the same pc.

Its called Dual-Booting and if you want you can even triple boot with XP, Vista and Linux

Heres a link:
Windows Vista Beta: How to dual-boot Windows XP and Windows Vista - Lifehacker

Basically its just the same as installing a new OS but before you add-on another OS you have to make a partition on the harddrive (seperate the harddrive into parts) so that that OS can have its own space.

(Edit) The two OS's wont run at the same time, your computer will just give you a choice of which OS to run at each startup
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I just want to get rid of Vista all together and start over with XP. Is there a way to get rid of Vista of my CPU?
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you will need to purchase a new copy of xp. You cannot run the same cd key on 2 different computers. Then you can format the drive and install xp.
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Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM Will this work, I know its not retail, but its cheaper, whats the difference?
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use power to delete vista. use the xp cd to install xp. you will need a win 98, me or 2000 disc on hand to validate it
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use power to delete vista. use the xp cd to install xp. you will need a win 98, me or 2000 disc on hand to validate it
What is power?
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Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM Will this work, I know its not retail, but its cheaper, whats the difference?
the OEM version is for system builders. that version will work just like the full version you buy at the store
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http://downloads.maxtor.com/_files/m...s/powermax.exe

That is power. It is in Eric's signature. It is called powermax to delete all info on your HDD.
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http://downloads.maxtor.com/_files/m...s/powermax.exe

That is power. It is in Eric's signature. It is called powermax to delete all info on your HDD.
Thanks, is it safe to download it onto a usb stick?
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