reformat win 7 and install xp

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  1. winhelp

    winhelp New Member

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    i work in a lab that recently bought a dell laptop (that was factory loaded with win 7) to run an instrument. the problem is that the software, ChemStation, is not compatible with win 7. i would like to completely remove win 7 and install xp. i have a copy of xp, but every time i boot from the cd, the installation gets hung up and terminates the install. any ideas of what i am doing wrong?
     
  2. busydog

    busydog New Member

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    When you install XP, format the existing Win7 partition and install there. You shouldn't have a problem. I assume your data is safely tucked away somewhere. If you have the Professional or Ultimate Version of Win7 you can run XP in a virtual mode from within Win7 which would also solve your problem.
     
  3. winhelp

    winhelp New Member

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    It is Win7 home. Would have been too convenient to run virtual mode! Can you walk me through formatting the existing partition in a bit more detail?
     
  4. busydog

    busydog New Member

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    You can do the same thing with Win7 Home Premium with VMWare. Go to http://www.technibble.com/how-to-create-a-windows-xp-virtual-machine/

    If you really want to get rid of Win7, XP will ask you during installation where you want to install it. Pick the Win7 partition and direct it to format it. I don't have an XP install disk screen in front of me but it should be self-explanatory.
     
  5. tblount

    tblount New Member

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    It won't run in compatibility mode? Do you know about compatibility mode?
     
  6. Joe S

    Joe S Excellent Member

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    Well since you have XP there is also free VMware Player you can now install the virtual PC there. I prefer VMware to the windows 2007.
    Joe
     
  7. Robert Miker

    Robert Miker New Member

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    I completely agree with all of your views guys.
     

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