I have vista on my old laptop and I'm having a lot of problems with it and I just wanna delete everything and start fresh with an XP. I bought the laptop with vista however I do have an XP disk. What would I need to do to ensure the downgrade will work as intended?
if your notebook come with vista, you should upgrade it to 7.
if you want to use xp, all you need is xp drivers. since your laptop is "old" (which probably mean you bought it when vista just came out), it should have xp drivers on it's website.
Same deal if I want to upgrade to Windows 7? I'm on my Compaq CQ40 1104AX at the moment. All I'd need to do is to back up my files, install the OS and then install the drivers?
for 7, no need to do anything. just install it over vista and it will upgrade everything. vista driver will work on 7. some software that microsoft think it sucks will be disabled. but i never heard any hardware (that are supported on vista) will have problem. the vista driver just work on 7.
just to be on the safe side, you should backup first in case it screw up.
Backup your data first. Then stick the CD in and boot up your computer. You have to make sure that the BIOS is configured to prioritize CD before your hard disk when booting up, you can do this usually by pressing F2 as soon as you switch it on, when the manufacturer's logo appears. F8 or Delete are other common keys for this. The BIOS is a basic keyboard-navigable screen. Just find the option to change the boot priority and do it, then choose the "save and exit" option which will reboot your PC.
If that worked, provided you have the CD in the tray when you boot up you will see the Windows XP installation. Just follow the steps to format your disk and install. Also, get some coffee because it takes AGES.
I just got it done last night. I didn't upgrade but instead I deleted all my partitions and then added XP, installed all the drives and personally, it looked really bad. I didn't like it so what I did was went out bought myself W7 x86 32bit and installed that, installed the drives and now it's working fine.
This might just be me but I don't like the way W7's taskbar.