giwatcher
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Downgrade Vista to XP

Hello:
I have installed a valid XP pro several times on existing older desktops to upgrade older OS. I had fully functional device manager listings in all cases except a Gateway, which left me w/o drivers fro audio, video, and network. It was very difficult to find them, but eventually I did, and all worked well.
Now that it is difficult to get xp on a new laptop purchase, and I don't like Vista, I notice that Dell is only shipping xp thru 6/30/08, even though support extends to 2014. If I buy a Dell 1525 laptop that comes with Vista, will I have driver issues for any customary hardware, e.g., sound, video, network, wireless, if I wipe the drive and install xp? I realize wiping the drive removes my hidden reinstall partition, but I intend to back up the new install with a clone program. Dell does offer xp till 6/18 on the 1520, but you pay more for less to get this model rather than reinstalling on a 1525. Thanks for your comments.
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Re: Downgrade Vista to XP

giwatcher' check out this post it gives you the info you are looking for.  http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=sw_winxp&message.id=244372&query.i...

Dell 2350, 768mb ram, 60gig hardrive,Maxtor 250gig external drive, zone alarm free version 7.0.483, Avg 7.5, IE 6

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