Trying to install XP on my Vista Laptop, have a few questions

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  1. TSOnTheDrums8892

    TSOnTheDrums8892 New Member

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    Hey guys, I have an Acer Aspire 5100 that came preloaded with Windows Vista, and right from the start it was way too slow and laggy for me. Even though it has 1gig of RAM, some of that is taken by the Graphics card which doesnt make things any better.

    So, i decided i want to put XP on it because i am POSITIVE it will run alot better. But my only concern is... My laptop Processor is an "AMD 64 Athlon X2" I'm pretty sure this means i have a 64-bit processor. Now does THAT mean that i need the 64-bit edition of windows xp? or can i just any old regular 32-bit Windows XP Professional?

    And finally, can i be sure that all the drivers will be running smoothly and stuff after i downgrade my OS?

    Thanks in advance to anyone that can help. really appreciate it.
  2. River

    River New Member

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    STOP.

    Before you do that, make sure you can get drivers for XP. I'd do a Google on your model and see if anyone has had any trouble going to XP before you pull your hair out.

    32bit will run on just about anything, 64bit will only run on 64bit systems.
  3. MrCookie615

    MrCookie615 New Member

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    I believe you can. I wouldn't see why you couldn't. And I'm pretty sure XP would run smoother as well. You could always dual boot so you can keep your Vista install and get Windows XP on it at the sametime. All you need to do is partition your hard drive and get a new bootloader to get it to work.

    Heres some tutorials:
    http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_xp__stepbystep_guide_with_screenshots.htm
    http://www.pronetworks.org/forum/about88231.html
    http://teamtutorials.com/windows-tutorials/dual-boot-windows-vista-and-xp

    I recommend getting a 32-bit version Windows XP because it's easier to get programs that actually work and not having to worry about what programs won't work.

    And you can always grab yourself a free copy at Demonoid. PM me if you want an invite code to Demonoid.
  4. TSOnTheDrums8892

    TSOnTheDrums8892 New Member

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    I'm pretty sure i can get all the right drivers, i was just worried about the 64-bit thing...

    and to mr cookie, id rather not partition my hard drive and bother with all that sh*t, and i already have plenty of copies of windows that i can use so thanks anyways.

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