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XP / VISTA restore??

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by RW, May 20, 2010.

  1. RW

    RW Flightless Bird

    I have a Dell desktop PC running XP (love it!) and a Compaq laptop PC
    running Vista (hate it!).

    This is probably a dumb question, but can I use my Dell XP restore disks to
    "restore" my laptop to the XP operating system? Probably not, but I had to
    ask. Vista is just dreadful.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Db

    Db Flightless Bird

    it is highly unlikely that
    you can use this method.

    dell includes their proprietary
    system files and compaq
    has their own.

    if you try, you will likely
    make a mess of things and
    spend many days and
    sleepless nights trying to
    get everything back to the
    way it was.

    however, you might want to
    look into buying an xp theme
    to install in vista.

    something like windows blinds
    and other makers provide
    themes.

    also, keep in mind that if you
    install a third party program,

    always make a system restore
    point before hand.

    but if I'm not mistake vista
    automatically does.

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    "RW" <ranger52oc@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:eqtvvGG#KHA.4564@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > I have a Dell desktop PC running XP (love it!) and a Compaq laptop PC
    > running Vista (hate it!).
    >
    > This is probably a dumb question, but can I use my Dell XP restore disks
    > to "restore" my laptop to the XP operating system? Probably not, but I had
    > to ask. Vista is just dreadful.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
     
  3. philo

    philo Flightless Bird

    On 05/20/2010 04:16 PM, RW wrote:
    > I have a Dell desktop PC running XP (love it!) and a Compaq laptop PC
    > running Vista (hate it!).
    >
    > This is probably a dumb question, but can I use my Dell XP restore disks to
    > "restore" my laptop to the XP operating system? Probably not, but I had to
    > ask. Vista is just dreadful.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    >



    No

    Might check with the mfg though to see if XP drivers are avail for that
    machine, if so
    you could put a fresh copy of XP on it
     
  4. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    RW wrote:

    > I have a Dell desktop PC running XP (love it!) and a Compaq laptop PC
    > running Vista (hate it!).
    >
    > This is probably a dumb question, but can I use my Dell XP restore disks to
    > "restore" my laptop to the XP operating system? Probably not, but I had to
    > ask. Vista is just dreadful.
    >
    > Thanks!


    You only have 1 license to each instance of Windows. You indicate
    nowhere that you purchased another license of Windows XP. If you have a
    retail full version of Windows XP on the desktop then you can install it
    on your laptop but only after losing it on your desktop. This is not a
    pro-piracy newsgroup.
     
  5. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    RW wrote:
    > I have a Dell desktop PC running XP (love it!) and a Compaq laptop PC
    > running Vista (hate it!).
    >
    > This is probably a dumb question, but can I use my Dell XP restore disks to
    > "restore" my laptop to the XP operating system? Probably not, but I had to
    > ask. Vista is just dreadful.
    >
    > Thanks!


    If you have drivers for that piece of hardware, you could
    always buy one of these.

    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3 English 1 Pack for System Builders DSP OEI CD - OEM $99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116583

    Delivery Service Partner, Original Equipment Integrator, Original Equipment Manufacturer

    Products like that won't last long. WinXP Pro at the same site, is sold out, leaving
    WinXP Home.

    Paul
     
  6. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    RW wrote:
    > I have a Dell desktop PC running XP (love it!) and a Compaq laptop PC
    > running Vista (hate it!).
    >
    > This is probably a dumb question, but can I use my Dell XP restore disks to
    > "restore" my laptop to the XP operating system? Probably not, but I had to
    > ask. Vista is just dreadful.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    >



    No. By your own admission, you have an OEM license for WinXP that
    came with the Dell. An OEM version must be sold with a piece of
    hardware (normally a motherboard or hard rive, if not an entire PC) and
    is _permanently_ bound to the first PC on which it's installed. An OEM
    license, once installed, is not legally transferable to another computer
    under _any_ circumstances.

    Additionally, it's probably *not* technically possible, in your
    case. You most likely have a BIOS-locked OEM Recovery CD that is
    specifically designed to install only on the hardware with which it was
    purchased, in order to prevent the sort of software piracy you're
    contemplating.

    If you really can't learn to use Vista (which is perfectly fine on
    compatible hardware), and truly want to downgrade the newer computer to
    an obsolete OS, you'll have to purchase a license for WinXP.

    Further, there could be a couple possible adverse repercussions of
    which you should be aware. First and foremost, if the specific computer
    model in question was designed specifically for Vista, there may well be
    no WinXP-specific device drivers available to make the computer's
    diverse components work properly. Consult the computer's manufacturer
    about the availability of device drivers. Secondly, removing an
    OEM-installed operating system and replacing it with another will almost
    invariably void any and all support agreements and, sometimes, even the
    warranty. You would, at the very least, have to re-install Vista before
    getting any support from the manufacturer. Again, consult the
    computer's manufacturer for specifics.



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  7. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    No.

    RW wrote:
    > I have a Dell desktop PC running XP (love it!) and a Compaq laptop PC
    > running Vista (hate it!).
    >
    > This is probably a dumb question, but can I use my Dell XP restore disks
    > to
    > "restore" my laptop to the XP operating system? Probably not, but I had to
    > ask. Vista is just dreadful.
    >
    > Thanks!
     

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