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laptops and xp

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(Assuming a laptop meets minimum XP requirements)

If you buy a(dell , HP, toshiba etc.) laptop that comes with Vista installed, how much of an effort does it take to wipe out Vista and install good ol Windows XP?

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Download the XP drivers from the chipset makers (i.e. realtek, intel, etc) and save them to a flash drive/CD/etc

 

then just load an XP disk and format/install just like you would on any other PC.

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Just make sure you get all the drivers in advance ;)

 

a lot of laptops these days use intel graphics and IIRC nVidia now directly supports the newer mobile graphics driverwise. Otherwise you can also check out laptopvideo2go.com; they have nodified .inf files for the forceware drivers that support the mobile cards as well.

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Be careful though, there were several laptops floating around that used sound cards without available XP drivers. I haven't heard anything about it for a while, so maybe the issue's resolved, but wanted to throw that out there anyway...

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