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  • I recently went from windows xp to windows 7.  Windows 7 is a nightmare.  Is there anyway to change back to windows xp?
    Monday, April 23, 2012 1:29 PM

Answers

  • If you upgraded a computer from XP to Windows 7 you can reinstall XP.

      

    Are you sure you want to remove Windows 7? Compare Windows 7 vs. XP:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/compare?T1=tab20

     

    In addition to the reinstalling Windows info below, you could also try attempting this if you have the Windows.old folder to restore your previous Windows installation:
     
    Reverting back to a previous Windows system using Windows.old:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/971760

      

    If you bought retail Windows XP:
     
    Using your install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process. Reinstalling will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.
     
    Installing XP (Note - XP will only be supported until April 2014):
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978307
       
     
     
     
    Reinstall Windows XP Preinstalled On Computer
     
    When Windows comes installed with the computer, OEM computer manufacturers are required to provide at least one way for you to reinstall Windows - your computer should have included either a restore partition on your hard drive, or Windows install/restore disks. Most computer manufacturers also have a feature to make your own install disks.
     
    If the restore partition is still there and was not removed, it will reinstall Windows. There is usually a prompt when you first start the computer telling you what key to press to start the restore - check your manual if you're not sure how to. Or if you have install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process.  
     
    When you restore it to factory condition, it will be like it was when you first bought it - all preinstalled programs will be installed. Anything you installed after buying it must be reinstalled. This will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.
     

    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Friday, May 4, 2012 9:36 AM
    Monday, April 23, 2012 4:46 PM
  • Hi,

    I think that Windows 7 should be better than Windows XP.  You can refer to this video to see the difference. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/videos/windows-xp-vs-windows-7

    In addition, I would like to tell you that Windows 7 also get the Windows XP mode so that you can run programs that were designed for Windows XP on computers running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions.

    Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7

    Please note: The support for Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) ends April 8, 2014.

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx

    If you still want to get the Windows XP back, please refer the following article to roll back to Windows XP 

    Please ensue there is a Windows.old folder on your computer:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/971760

      

    If you have formatted the disk when installing the Windows 7, you have to back up your data and do a clean install.

    Hope this helps


    Vincent Wang

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Friday, May 4, 2012 9:36 AM
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 8:42 AM

All replies

  • If you upgraded a computer from XP to Windows 7 you can reinstall XP.

      

    Are you sure you want to remove Windows 7? Compare Windows 7 vs. XP:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/compare?T1=tab20

     

    In addition to the reinstalling Windows info below, you could also try attempting this if you have the Windows.old folder to restore your previous Windows installation:
     
    Reverting back to a previous Windows system using Windows.old:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/971760

      

    If you bought retail Windows XP:
     
    Using your install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process. Reinstalling will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.
     
    Installing XP (Note - XP will only be supported until April 2014):
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978307
       
     
     
     
    Reinstall Windows XP Preinstalled On Computer
     
    When Windows comes installed with the computer, OEM computer manufacturers are required to provide at least one way for you to reinstall Windows - your computer should have included either a restore partition on your hard drive, or Windows install/restore disks. Most computer manufacturers also have a feature to make your own install disks.
     
    If the restore partition is still there and was not removed, it will reinstall Windows. There is usually a prompt when you first start the computer telling you what key to press to start the restore - check your manual if you're not sure how to. Or if you have install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process.  
     
    When you restore it to factory condition, it will be like it was when you first bought it - all preinstalled programs will be installed. Anything you installed after buying it must be reinstalled. This will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.
     

    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Friday, May 4, 2012 9:36 AM
    Monday, April 23, 2012 4:46 PM
  • Hi,

    I think that Windows 7 should be better than Windows XP.  You can refer to this video to see the difference. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/videos/windows-xp-vs-windows-7

    In addition, I would like to tell you that Windows 7 also get the Windows XP mode so that you can run programs that were designed for Windows XP on computers running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions.

    Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7

    Please note: The support for Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) ends April 8, 2014.

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx

    If you still want to get the Windows XP back, please refer the following article to roll back to Windows XP 

    Please ensue there is a Windows.old folder on your computer:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/971760

      

    If you have formatted the disk when installing the Windows 7, you have to back up your data and do a clean install.

    Hope this helps


    Vincent Wang

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Friday, May 4, 2012 9:36 AM
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 8:42 AM
  • Along with what the other two users said, you might take into consideration that XP support will end in less than two years (712 days), after which you will get ZERO security patches or bug fixes, leaving your system very vulnerable to the point that anti virus won't be that much help.

    Plus, if you have a new computer (as in the last 2-3 years), 7 will handle the hardware much better than XP.

    XP does run faster but the trade offs are not worth it in my opinion at this stage. Perhaps back when 7 first came out... but not anymore.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 3:12 PM
  • Does Windows 7 have more features than Window XP?  Yes.

    Does Windows 7 use more resources and boot/login slower than Windows XP?  Yes.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 3:40 PM