Yes, thanks all. I think I am stuck. It is an inexpesive Acer with
Vista Home and an valid XP license would make it a fairly overpriced
unit, although I have two idle XP's I bet having the license
transferred is out also. I would like to have back-loaded XP and be
done with it. I also read where it is destructive, I don't understand
why that needs to be. I mean I do understand, but I don't. There are A
LOT of PC's with different purposes, this kind of back-down procedure
should have been completed for users.

I can isolate the bad things in XP pretty fast. In Vista it will
likely be a task I don't have time for. Vista is supposed to be
"easier" but Ctrl-Alt-Dlt still does not work any better if you ask
me, i.e. you have to wait until resources are free. I pulled the LAN
card out to make some of those million-cycle endless loops stop before
there were signs of life.

On the other hand, this is no surprise by any stretch. Neither was
receiving a WORD 2007 document that WORD 2003 can not read. Geez....I
thought all this was over 'years ago' and now we have another round of

On 4/28/08, sjl <sjl_abc@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Mark -

If this is a new laptop, check with the hardware vendor before buying a copy
of XP and attempting to load it.

My nephew reformatted his new Toshiba and tried to load XP from scratch and
received errors. After a call to Toshiba customer service, they indicated
that his particular model will NOT run Windows XP, only Vista - so he had to
reload Vista again from his recovery disk.

Needless to say, he was mighty pissed off...

- sjl

"Mark Villa" <> wrote in message
Has anyone here downgraded from Vista to XP.
Can I do it via an internet download?
I am just looking for a pointer on what to do first.

I had heard that this was free.

Mark Villa
Summerville, SC

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