Reformating vista to xp help

By Killahoe
Apr 7, 2008
  1. I have a laptop i just purchased from hp, it was mandatory by them that i had vista on it. I do not have a windows vista cd, instead i have windows vista on a partition on the hard drive.

    I would like to get rid of vista and have xp on my laptop, but when i put my xp cd in there is a compatibility error that comes up and stops me from starting the reformatting process.

    Also in formatting vista to xp will i loose any drivers that would be on the computer for example, my touchpad(mouse), my dvd player,sound card,network stuff, blue tooth.

    Any information on this subject would be greatly appreciated thank you.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I wouldn't format
    Please search this board on Dual boot Xp and Vista

    If you install another Windows operating system, you will need to track down all the drivers (for Xp in your case)
    Hp may not supply these drivers (ie your touchpad)
    You may need to search other sites, if the Vista drivers don't work.

    So it's dual boot
    You may need to partition the drive into 3!
    1 Recovery Partition for Vista
    2 Actual NTFS Partition for Vista OS
    3 Partition for XP
    And find all drivers for Xp

    There's lots of info on this, all across the web, and also here at TechSpot
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