Upgraded To Vista..

#1
I really want to uninstall vista because I get the BSoD every 10 minutes or so. But I clicked upgrade and yea.... really need help.. I want XP back...
 
#2
and I have no clue what to do.... I know i know dont screw with beta things... but seriously is there a way to get rid of it and get my XP back?
 

mqudsi

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#3
Ouch.
You upgraded your XP to Vista. At the moment, there is no reverse upgrade path: for that you'll need to wait till RC1.

Two things we can do:

  • Help you format and reinstall XP (losing all programs and settings).
  • Fix your Vista so it doesn't BSOD (as often).
It's up to you :nerd:

Really sorry about that, but yeah, those are your only choices.
 

mqudsi

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#4
I've changed the title to reflect your situation better..
and, I almost forgot, Welcome to NeoSmart Technologies!
 
#5
The only programs I use is windows media player and firefox browser and I can easily reinstall those... and on the windows forum they said to reinstall XP I needed this one disk that came with it when I got the computer but I got it from rent a center ( short on cash needed something I could rent to buy) and I never got a disk. But I would really liek XP back but if I can't then I guess making it not BSoD so much would be fine too. But I'd prefer the first one
 

mqudsi

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#7
Bumping a topic minutes later isn't the most effective way of getting help. :dead:

If you don't have your XP CD, the first option is impossible with legal means.
We can help you with Vista though - interested?
 

mqudsi

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#9
The best thing to do at the moment:

Boot from the Vista DVD.
Choose "Clean Setup"
When prompted to choose a disk, format the current drive (by pressing "Advanced")
Continue with the install.

Need any help?
 

mqudsi

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#11
Reinstall Vista anew.
You'll lose the programs and files though (like noted above). The BSOD is a result of an unclean install.
 

mqudsi

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#13
In that case:
it's either the graphics card or the sound card.

What graphics card do you have? Do you have a sound card?
 

mqudsi

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#15
Open the device manager and look for these parts.
 
#16
Lol I bet I sound so dumb.. but I can't find my device manager... If it's in Control Panel... Well.. I can't access that.. everytiem I try my windows explorer restarts and then the window closes... But yea.. I don't know where it is at.
 

mqudsi

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#17
Right-Click on "My Computer" and press properties.
Press Advanced.
Press Hardware
Press Device Manager
 
#18
Found it! thanks... um.. lets see.. it would be the sound, video and game controller one right? It just lists one thing... Intel(r) 82801DB/DBM AC '97 Audio Controller... is that what we're looking for?
 

mqudsi

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#19
That's the sound one - great.
The graphics card is listed under "Display Adapters"