June 27, 2012 7:48pm CST
My laptop is really running slow since I changed my OS into Windows 7. Maybe it is not compatible with the memory and other stuffs in my PC. I want to downgrade my OS to XP again. I tried installing windows XP but it said that it will not be able to install it since I have already a newer version of OS. I've searched it on the internet on how to do it but it said that I need the windows.old file to downgrade. Unfortunately I already deleted the said folder. Does someone here can help me solve my problem aside from upgrading my memory? Good day and thanks in advance.
28 Jun 12
I do not actually know if PC can be downgraded after it has been upgraded. My system was Vista when I bought it and when it became very slow, I converted it to Window 7 and so far am enjoying it. I have not experienced any regret about it. However, there might be possibilities when you go the internet and make search. Hope you will get the right guide.
1 Jul 12
Generally speaking it can usually only be done if the system was previously upgraded from say Windows XP to Windows Vista/7. It 'moves' everything from the XP to a single folder more or less along with config files for how it was setup. If you then downgrade again due to issues or whatever it uses those files to set it up the way you had it again. I always advise to go for a full install instead of an upgrade. Costs a little more but ALOT less problematic in my opinion.
29 Jun 12
If you tried to format you wouldn't get that message (speaking from experience). You will however get the error message if you try to UPGRADE the windows. When you boot from CD / USB stick (and not use in windows) you should get an option for 'advanced drive options' or something similar when you are selecting which drive to install windows onto. Select that and format the main partition. Note, you will lose ALL data obviously so back up anything important first. Once thats done the reselect the drive as the drive you wish to install XP onto. Should literally be that simple.
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28 Jun 12
Windows 7 recommends at least 1Gb of RAM to install. Anything less and your computer will have a difficult/impossible time trying to run. If you at least have that requirement then there are some programs that can help your computer run smoother. I check download.com for free software and see what people recommend to help with computer performance. I like using Advanced system care (free version) to help with performance issues. I like using chrome browser as it seems to take up much less memory than internet explorer or firefox. If your computer doesn't meet the requirement then there is not much I can help you with.
28 Jun 12
It will really slow down since Windows 7 occupies more hard disk space as well as memory. If your computer specs is not that high, it's always better to stick with Windows XP. If you want to bring back your Windows XP,you have to reformat your hard disk. But before doing that, don't forget to backup your files first and make your drivers and installers available. That is my suggestion. But if other's has better solution then go for it. Have a good day as well!