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    Default Can I downgrade my laptop to XPSP3?

    Hi guys, one of my laptops (2008 Toshiba Satellite) currently runs Vista SP2. Today at work we had more problems with it, and I was wondering if it would be possible to simply format the drive and reinstall my legit copy of XP over the top of it. Would the laptop continue to work OK? I assume I would need multiple drivers, but would XPSP3 come with most of them prepackaged?

    Or should I just put W7 straight over the top of Vista? (I don't own a copy of W7 though)

    Appreciate any advice or thoughts from people who may have done this....

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    Default Re: Can I downgrade my laptop to XPSP3?

    Better off upgrading to Windows 7 than downgrading.
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    Default Re: Can I downgrade my laptop to XPSP3?

    You'll have to find the drivers on whatever site, if you want to install XP. XP wont install all of them (probably none of them) once its installed. And if you want to get on the net after, I would get the drivers, before you format the hdd

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    Default Re: Can I downgrade my laptop to XPSP3?

    Thanks for the replies guys. Speedy - does XP come with most of the drivers a Toshiba Laptop (M200) needs? Or will specialist ones for wifi etc need to be downloaded first?

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    Default Re: Can I downgrade my laptop to XPSP3?

    XP may install drivers for a card reader, floppy, cd/dvd and USB. And com / serial ports. Thats about it. You may have to download the LAN, WIFI, printer, and maybe bluetooth drivers. And whatever programs Toshiba uses (XP wont install any programs specifically made by Toshiba). You'll have to get the LAN drivers before you format. Or you wont be able to get on later. Unless you downlad them with another PC, then copy the zipped files across. What was on it originally? XP or Vista? If Vista, I would create the restore cd's / dvd's if you want them. Or else you wont be able to go back to it later, if you want to
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    Default Re: Can I downgrade my laptop to XPSP3?

    xp is very dated, anything post 2007 is much more suited for 7 than XP
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    Look for Toshiba drivers for XP before doing anything and see if any are available if they are not then I would step up not down, if they are available then by all means go for it, but definitely look around first

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    Default Re: Can I downgrade my laptop to XPSP3?

    The place to start looking
    http://www.mytoshiba.co.nz/support/download
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    Default Re: Can I downgrade my laptop to XPSP3?

    If your copy of Vista is Business or above you can downgrade legally. Otherwise you'll have to buy a new copy, legally MS will tell you to use any XP Pro key you can find and they'll activate it for you when you call them.

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    Default Re: Can I downgrade my laptop to XPSP3?

    You might have had trouble at work but, what about you?

    When I was running Vista before upgrading to W7, I had no problems.

    If you haven't expirenced problems just continue to use Vista and backup your programs and files. If you eventually have problems, then is the time to upgrade to W7. I personally wouldn't go back to XP now!

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