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.
Try Thunderbird for your mail, it works OK. Really easy set up.
“Do you have an old ME floppy?
Don’t think so but I no longer have a compute with a floppy drive.
I do have my old copy of ME on CD.
Just use the disk, it’s windows.
Not likely, HP will probably suggest a work around that will only allow limited printer function with some features crippled. It is a crappy solution.
That depends on what you do with your computer.
It’ll probably boot into a DOS type mode and you should then be able to run FDISK.
Assuming, of course, that you have already saved what you want/can off of the hard drive...
Good luck! All my machines are configured for dual boot at least, some even have Linux partitions on them.
You could have helped them.
That's funny. At Fry's, they sell tons of OEM copies of Windows to Mac owners - they just make sure you buy some kind of PC computer hardware along with it.
After doing this for 3 Macs, I now have quite the collection of case thumbscrews!
if its not connected to the internet and doesn’t need to interface with the latest interconnect schemes, run Windows 95 if you want.
but if you have a network facing system you’d better be able to support decent lockdown and security tools and
the world as we know it has moved on, like it or not, from support for the legacy XP.
what’s au courant in Linux distros these days? one can barely keep up...
Color printers are cheap - you would have been better off upgrading the printer than downgrading your OS. You will soon regret what you are doing.
He is the OEM. He's repairing and recycling hardware that was broken by Windows 7. Got it? End of story.
What model printer do you have?
Also, it is important to find out if XP drivers are available for your computer’s hardware.
It’s an OKI C3200.
I’ve downloaded the drivers from Okidata and Windows 7 flat won’t accept it.
It worked great on the XP computer I just junked!
It’s coming from a San Diego company so it should be here either tomorrow or Wed. so I’ll stick it in and give it a try!
Microsoft will end extended support for XP SP3 on April 8, 2014. If you are connected to the Internet, best of luck keeping the bad guys out of your computer after that date.
Are you sure you can't get the printer to work under Win7? What's the model number?
2. Make sure you have all important data backed up.
3. Boot SRCD with default values, then type "startx" to get into the graphical user interface. On difficult systems that will not launch it, type "wizard" at the prompt and choose an alternate method.
4. Mouse over to the bottom icons until one "gparted" shows, then click to launch.
5. Make sure your default hard drive is selected (usually identified as 'sda', or 'sha' on older systems), then delete all partitions and click the 'apply' button to proceed.
Note: THIS WILL PERMANENTLY DELETE YOUR USABLE O.S. SO PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. ALL RESPONCEABILITY IS YOUR OWN.
Boot with your WinXP CD and it will detect no installed OS and proceed normally. Have fun!
Oh, please don’t make me look at at apple. “They never crash.” Hah! Ok, so maybe the beachball of death is not a crash but you lose all your work so what is the difference.
I am amazed at the times I’ve had power go out or even if my PC decides it needs a hard boot and all my work is still there. Sorry, just NOT a mac fan. They do nothing better than a PC except cost more money.
Whoops, I should have read more of the thread. There is a Win7 driver for the OKI C3200. Sometimes it helps to temporarily shut off your anti-virus program, clear all your temporary files with a program such as CCleaner, reboot, then run the printer installation routine as administrator. If installation fails, run eventvwr.msc to find what specific errors occurred.
Okay... A serious word of caution before you proceed:
!!!BACK UP EVERYTHING!!! Depending upon how you go forward, this process can result in everything being wiped off the hdd and totally unrecoverable!!!
If you have a name brand computer, go to the manufacturer’s site, find your particular machine by it’s model number, go to it’s download page and SEE IF IT HAS XP DRIVERS AVAILABLE. If there are no XP drivers available for ALL/ANY of your internal hardware, your present course may well turn into a nightmare.
If you have a whitebox (rolled yer own), make certain the motherboard and any cards in the box have XP drivers (for the same reason).
Determine if your machine has a RESTORE PARTITION onboard the hard drive - If it does, I would highly suggest using a different hdd or getting an image of the restore partition so that it can be replaced later (either for if you change your mind, or for eventual resale purposes).
Beyond those two factors, the object of the exercise will be to reformat the hard drive (whether the existing or different) in order to receive the new operating system - The easiest way to do this is with a partitioning utility, or a zero-write utility (which you can generally obtain from your hdd manufacturer). To be safe, be certain to replace the Master Boot Record while you are at it.
Once the hdd is without any partitions, simply make sure your CMOS boot sequence is set to boot to cd/dvd as first boot, throw in the XP cd and boot to it. From there it is usually just a matter of following XP’s reasonably easy instructions...
One can also consider a dual boot scenario, where XP and Win7 exist on the same machine, where one can boot into either one... If this is of interest, write back.
One can also consider running XP inside of a virtual machine inside of Win7 or Linux... again, this is another whole can of fish, so write back for specifics...
Even better, create a new installation with Service Pack 3 slipstreamed in.
Here's a link to a free program that automates the process of making customized Windows XP installation disks.
I used XP from the time of its inception, until I my fingers were finally pried away from my dying dinosaur computers last year.
I went out and bought a new E-machines computer with Windows 7 on it, and so far it’s been as reliable and user friendly as my old XP system ever was.
Just curious, but why would you want to go back to XP now?
You know, the boss asked folks to stop doing that on MS related threads some time back. Keep pushing it, and he’s going to nuke all computer related threads from HIS site.
Downgrades are difficult, and I’ve done ‘em on all kinds of systems. You can bitch all you want, but progress is what we’re all about since the invention of the wheel (you wanna go back to the pre-wheel times of Eden?) I hope you have found your answer. Best of luck.
The Mac Pros do make the best anchors when the dimm or PCI-E slots start crapping out.
Mac pros are crap in reality.
I'm pretty much forced to use Windows 7, because I have 64-bit applications. Sure there was a 64-bit version of XP, but it's pretty hard to get support for it anymore especially with software updates. My biggest complaint is the number of devices for which there are no 64-bit Windows 7 drivers. I recently had to buy a refurbished 32-bit dual core Dell Windows XP Workstation on EBay to run my large format scanner. The computer built in 2003 bundled with the scanner had Windows 2000 and was way underpowered with just an 850 Mhz Pentium III and 256 MB RAM to be able to process images after scanning. I bought a workstation class machine with 3GB ECC RAM, because I wanted to make sure its components would last at least 10 years.
It's pretty ridiculous that a $20K scanner would have to be abandoned due to lack of Windows 7 drivers. I think it's also ridiculous that Microsoft is dropping XP Professional support on April 8, 2014. I can understand them dropping support for the lame Home version, but there are lots of expensive devices used by businesses that will never have drivers for newer versions. I'm sure after the end of support, future servers won't support Windows XP clients, so it will be more difficult to share files created by devices that must be connected to machines running XP.
This is a strange choice, simply for a printer issue.
Please note that Windows 7 is basically a modified Windows XP kernel (and also note that MS will never admit that).
As such, if you are running Windows 7, you are in essence running Windows XP.
Again, strange choice.
There is a likely a workaround to your problem somewhere on the internet. Have you searched ?
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