Skip to comments.How can I remove Windows 7 and install an OEM Windows XP Pro
Posted on 04/02/2012 9:29:02 PM PDT by dalereed
What do I have to do to erase Windows 7 and install a newly purchased OEM copy of Windows XP Professional?
Why do you want to?
I’m only asking because I find Windows 7 to be pretty problem free.
Burn your favorite copy of freeware over top. Puppy linux is probably best right now. What did you do to your machine?
having to use cox for e-mail stinks, I can’t use my color laser printer, it wonpt accept it or it’s drivers, for starters.
What do i have to do, buy a new harddrive?
Save everything you want off the computer to an external drive or DVDs. Put the WinXP in the drive and reboot the machine. Most machines will have a way to access a boot menu. Choose boot from whatever your optical drive is. Follow instructions on screen for a “Full” install with repartition and format.
Now, why would you want to do this? Win7 is one of Microsofts best OS in a long time. I skipped WinVista and had WinXP custom installed on a couple of machines but Win7 is superior.
Try to boot into puppy and find the spot you want to reboot to.
Do you have a Windows XP boot disk?
If so, and doublecheck before doing anything, you should only have to format the C: and load the boot disk.
I just ordered it tonight, it’s an OEM disc for insrtallation on new conputers and is supposed to work on any comnputer.
For the $38 it costs, i’m fed up with 7 and want to return to XP and don’t want to have to buy a new laser color printer!!
My Okidata works great on XP!!
You want to repartition the disk, throw away whatever's already there, set up a new partition and go from there. You don't want to update, repair, install alongside, whatever.
Obviously, this assumes there's nothing on the current C disk that you want to keep. If not, be sure you've backed up everything you want to keep before you do anything. Because you are about to nuke the hard drive.
Buy an apple. I am also looking for a work around. I bought a windows 7 box only to discover my Epsom 2200 printer won’t work. Epsom hasn’t issued any drivers for windows 7.
The only thing I am thinking is buying an old xp box off of Craig’s list.
Do you have an old ME floppy?
XP OEM requires a formatted, empty disk. It will not instal over an existing version of Windows although, I never tried installing it over a version newer than XP.
I think it will depend on your computer hardware. I had to leave XP, hated Vista and Win 7 isn’t much better. I’ve had constant aggravation. XP was much better than either for me.
I can understand that.
Maybe contact HP for help. They may have a driver for your printer that you can download to make it compatible with Windows 7.
Try running Linux or Windows 7 as your base operating system, and then run XP in a virtual machine for your “legacy” needs.
VirtualBox is good freeware for doing just that, or you can go the commercial route with VMWare.
I do this with Mac OS X as the base operating system, and it seems to work quite well.
Just for the record. The copy of XP OEM that you bought is still illegal. The only legal use of an OEM license is that it must come from the Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM). If you bought a Dell computer with Windows 7 on it, you cannot legally buy an OEM copy of the license yourself and install it.
7 works fine.