Downgrade to XP Pro from Vista Business

Discussion in 'Trading Software' started by bighog, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. bighog

    bighog Guest

    Anyone do this yet?

    I want to downgrade from Vista to XP. I have vista business installed and a fresh copy of XP Pro ready to come out of the closet. X-trader recommends XP Pro and suggested i do this.

    Looks like i can not have seperate operating systems on seperate particians without msft catching me. I hate calling them assholes at msft. :D

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Q. Who can install the downgrade software
    or reinstall the original software?
    A. An OEM (when authorized by end user), or the
    end user.
    Q. Can I ship media for the downgrade
    software system as well as most recent
    version they are using to downgrade from?
    A. No – downgrade media is provided by the
    end customer.
    Q. What about product activation? When a
    previously licensed version of Windows XP
    Professional is used for the downgrade,
    won’t activation fail on the new PC?
    A. When an end user is using their downgrade
    rights offered under the License Terms in
    Windows Vista Business and Ultimate versions
    and they use both Windows XP media and a
    product key that was previously activated, they
    will be unable to activate on-line over the
    Internet, due to the hardware confi guration
    change when installing on the Vista system. In
    these cases the end user will be prompted to
    call the Activation Support Line and explain
    their circumstances to the Customer Service
    Representative. Once it is determined that the
    end user has a valid Vista Business or Ultimate
    license, the Customer Service Representative will
    help them activate their software.
    Q. Can end users return to Windows Vista
    Business or Windows Vista Ultimate software
    after they downgrade?
    A. Yes. End users who downgrade may reinstall
    the original software when they are ready to
    migrate. For example, an end user who
    downgrades to Windows XP Professional may
    later return to Windows Vista Business software
    provided that the end user deletes the Windows
    XP Professional software from the PC.
    Q. How do end users reinstall the original
    software after downgrading to a previous
    allowed downgrade version?
    A. End users must use the original OEM media
    or recovery software on the hard disk that was
    included with the PC for reinstallation. The
    downgrade software must be deleted from the
    hard drive before the original software is
    Q. Where do customers get the CD to install
    the downgrade software?
    A. End users must use a legally licensed version
    of the specifi ed previous version of the Windows
    desktop operating system to install the
    downgrade software. The downgrade software
    may be from the retail, OEM/System Builder, or
    volume licensing channels.
    The OEM vesions of Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate include downgrade rights
    to Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and
    Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Customers may not downgrade to Windows 2000
    Professional from Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate.
    No downgrade rights are included in other Windows Vista products in the OEM channel.
  2. Some people have mentioned having difficulty with changing from Vista to XP... seems Vista doesn't want to let go of the MBR fully.

    Here's a tip...

    1. Install XP on a new HDD.. or at least one which has never had Vista on it.

    2. To remove Vista's MBR on your existing HDD, mount it as a 2nd HDD in your system and run a Low Level Format utility on the drive. That should eliminate the MBR problem.
  3. WTF is "particians" :confused:
  4. Upper crust Roman party animals..
  5. WTF is "seperate"? ROFL
  6. Segregationist upper crust Roman party animals...
  7. I have a bunch of new Dell machines that came with Vista install. I used an XP Disk provided to me by Dell for a machine that I bought that had XP originally installed on it, to 'downgrade' all the new machines. No problems, and when I the downgrade it actually didn't even ask me for a product key for the disk which I found somewhat odd but it worked and I have had no issues.
    I highly recomend 'downgrading' to XP............... VISTA SUCKS DONKEY BALLS! F.U. MSFT, TRYING TO PUSH THAT CRAP ON PEOPLE!
  8. bighog

    bighog Guest


    A am a trsader nut a nrd ins a spillnig "B".

    Suck my big fat juicy cock, idiot.
  9. That's how Dell's work. During the install, the system check to see if there is a Dell BIOS... if so, it doesn't ask for an XP product key.
  10. you can't speel worth sh^t you idiot and you aint got no "big fat juicy cock" neither! ha!
    #10     Nov 1, 2008