I want to replace Windows 7 back to Windows XP

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If I reinstall Windows XP on my old laptop that now has Windows 7 will XP remove Windows 7? My laptop is too old for Windows 7.

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Yes, Windows XP will remove the Windows 7 when you will re-install. All the data will be removed from Windows drive if you only re-install the OS not complete format of laptop. I would like to suggest you to stay with windows 7 as support for windows xp has been ended from microsoft. You can upgrade the hardware of your laptop if you are feeling that it is too old for Windows 7.

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  • carlosdl
    I would recommend formatting the hard drive and then installing XP.  You will lose everything that is currently stored on the disk, so make sure you have a backup before proceeding.

    What problems are you having with Windows 7 because of your laptop's age?


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  • carlosdl
    Also, remember that Windows XP support has ended.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    When you insert a valid/ genuine xp setup cd/ dvd after some times and after few of disk reads etc., there are 2 things,

    1. If you have only one partition/ drive like C drive and no other drive like D/ E and so on is there, then make it RAW and create partition again as per requirement. ( of course take all necessary backups of your files/ folders) and install as per on screen instructions

    2. if u have more than one partition/ drives like C/ D/ E & so one, then simply format C drive (before doing that backups the necessary files/ folders either on other drive like D/ E (if any) if you have enough confidence else take them all in a external storage and again install as per on-screen instructions (be careful don't make partition/drive). XP will format the drive (recommended full not quick) with default file system(NTFS) and install the OS. After that some correct driver may install to configure hardware properly.

    One more way is there, you can make your laptop as dual boot, while 7 and XP both are there and whenever you wish you can select any one (a menu shows there for choice, generally XP shows as "Earlier Version of Windows) and Windows 7, where you can select any one after boot time for your necessity of work. This is not recommended if your laptop so poor/ old/ very less hardware configuration/ not up to the mark(as you mentioned) as it behaves too slow.
    Now it is your decision, how will you use your Laptop. 


    if xp shows the installation directory on your HDD, that time simply make it raw the whole drive (if u have only one drive like C drive and no other drive like D/ E and so on). but If you have other drive also, don't make it RAW, just format C drive and install xp as per on screen instructions. If u make it RAW, u have to create
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  • jinteik

    yes u can and dont forget to set your dvdrom to 1st boot.

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  • excellentrandy
    Dual boot is the best option. Have your disks to two partitions. 
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