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Downgradeable laptops?
800_series 
18/8/08 9:52:54 PM
Titan

So i've been laptop-hunting, and have narrowed down two choices.

One is a Compaq Presario (number eludes me), and the other is an Acer Aspire (number also eludes me).

Now, these are both Vista home basic, and suit my needs (i.e. not running games and stuff), however I don't like the idea of Vista. I'm not bagging it, but i've used XP for so long I couldn't fathom having to try out a new OS, especially on a laptop.

So the question I pitch to you, all-knowledgeable Atomicans, would these laptops be downgrade-able to XP?

(If you have the most current JB Hi-Fi catalogue, the Compaq is on page 5, first one, and the Acer is on page 6, centre right.)

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Jeruselem 
19/8/08 8:58:46 AM
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Downgrades seem only to apply when getting Vista Business downgrading to XP Pro. I haven't seen Vista Home downgrading to XP Home. XP Pro is better than XP Home anyway.

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LordBug 
19/8/08 10:52:23 AM
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Enter into Google the search term
[laptop brand] [laptop number] install windows xp
Or similar, and that should give you a fairly clear idea.

Or you can jump straight to
http://forum.notebookreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=22 - Acer
http://forum.notebookreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=3 -Compaq
to see if anyone has had success with the machines that you're looking at.

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tantryl 
19/8/08 2:26:23 PM
SuperHero
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As Jeruselum has said, it has to be Vista Business --> XP Pro for a legit included in the price downgrade, and you'll generally want it advertised as part of the package to avoid having to spend a lot of time getting your downgrade legally and practically organised.

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800_series 
19/8/08 4:12:46 PM
Titan

Ugh, sounds like a pain to organise.

Maybe i'll have to stick with Vista. I've used it on the machines they display in stores, but I prefer XP.

And i'll be able to clear up the model numbers when I go shopping tomorrow arvo.

Thanks for your help so far guys!

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pekkahead 
19/8/08 9:19:26 PM
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Can't you just buy an OEM copy of XPP with you laptop purchase, then use that instead of vista?

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tantryl 
19/8/08 11:42:22 PM
SuperHero
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Hence my "included in the price" comment.

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800_series 
20/8/08 4:10:06 PM
Titan

Well I got my laptop, Compaq Presario C700.

And it's now driving me up the wall, and I can't get MSN messenger working because i'm missing DLL files, and apparently it has something to do with an 0x80070005 error. And for some reason my system restores don't work.

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MrInsaneBuff 
20/8/08 7:49:29 PM
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Did you keep vista on it?

If so just update update update. Also what version of MSN are you using?

Worst comes to worst, take it back to the store.


Edited by MrInsaneBuff: 20/8/2008 7:52:03 PM

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tantryl 
20/8/08 8:41:25 PM
SuperHero
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Quote by 800_series
Well I got my laptop, Compaq Presario C700.



You got a discontinued model? Odd.

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800_series 
20/8/08 9:49:22 PM
Titan

Quote by tantryl
Quote by 800_series
Well I got my laptop, Compaq Presario C700.



You got a discontinued model? Odd.



Must have been why they're really cheap.

It's good enough for me though.

MrInsaneBuff, I kept Vista on it because I couldn't be bothered forking out more money. I may need to take it back, or do a factory reset on it.


[EDIT] I am confused. One model number says C700, the other says C793VU.


Edited by 800_series: 20/8/2008 10:01:56 PM

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