Can't Get Recover Xp After Vista Install Please Help

#1
about a month ago i installed windows vista beta 2 over windows xp home edtion. im pretty sure it was a clean install, i followed all the recomended options when installing windows vista. I've read most of the other posts but i still don't know where to start im kind of a rookie at this, any help at all would be greatly appreciated
 

mqudsi

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#2
To find out if it's a clean post:

The programs you installed on XP, are they still installed?

If it is, use this guide: http://neosmart.net/blog/archives/188

Good luck, and welcome to NeoSmart Technologies! :grinning:
 

mqudsi

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#4
If you were unfortunate enough to upgrade then there is no going back. Sorry! :frowning:
 

mqudsi

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#6
yep, but you could also format and give Vista as a clean install a shot.
 

Mak 2.0

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#8
Well the upgrade would require you to have an older version of Windows in order to upgrade to XP. Like Windows 2000 or before.

I would have to ask if you bought this PC from somewhere like Dell or HP? If so you should have gotten a disc with your PC that would allow you to install XP again. If not you can contact them to get a disc to install XP again so you dont have to buy XP again.
 

mqudsi

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#10
Well, in the absense of the license, you're going to have to buy a new XP disc. An upgrade disc will work.
 

Mak 2.0

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#11
there is a Vista Upgrade disc work-around. It is long and complicated. Basically it involves installing twice. Who wants to do that.
 

Mak 2.0

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#13
If you have your serial just get a copy of XP that goes with it and install it.