View Full Version : OS downgrade - from Vista Business down to XP

09.10.2007, 13:07

I have just taken delivery of a "Toshiba Satellite Pro A200GE-1F9 - Core 2 Duo T7300 2 GHz - 15.4" TFT". Great laptop, but the operating system is very slow... transferring files, accessing the internet.

I understand that the license allows me to downgrade to XP. The question is how do I go about doing this, as this operating system is not ready for the technology on my laptop.

1. Will Toshiba supply me with a XP OS disc?
2. Will Toshiba supply me with new XP drivers for my laptop ?
3. Will I have trouble with XP recognising my hard disc drive because of the SATA discs.
4. Why is there only a "download Vista drivers" on the toshiba support site - Is there not a similar "download XP drivers"?

Vista is absolutely useless as it is so unresponsive. Even Microsoft are allowing users to downgrade - please see below.

here are a couple of notes that I found on the web

Can I downgrade my OEM version of Windows

Vista Business to Windows XP Professional?Yes. OEM downgrade rights for desktop PC operating systems apply to Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate as stated in the License Terms. Please note, OEM downgrade versions of Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate are limited to Windows XP Professional (including Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows XP x64 Edition). End users can use the following media for their downgrade: Volume Licensing media (provided the end user has a Volume Licensing agreement), retail (FPP), or system builder hologram CD (provided the software is acquired in accordance with the Microsoft OEM System Builder License). Use of the downgraded operating system is governed by the Windows Vista Business License Terms, and the end user cannot use both the downgrade operating system and Windows Vista Business. There are no downgrade rights granted for Windows Vista Home Basic or Windows Vista Home Premium.


If you want Windows XP Pro on a new machine, buy Windows Vista (Business or Ultimate) and then downgrade
I'm not sure how many people are aware of this, but if you buy a Windows Vista Business or Ultimate then you can use a Windows XP CD (which you have legal access to) to load Windows XP onto that machine.

When you need the product key / or need to activate, this will potentially fail, but a quick call to the activation centre with your Vista product key should give you all the details you need. Then when you are ready to put Vista onto that machine, you can do without the cost of buying it anew. Alternatively you can buy Windows XP today and should you ever want to load Vista, you can give more money to a shop to get a copy again.

For further information go to http://oem.microsoft.com/script/sites/public/licensing.htm

09.10.2007, 13:29
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