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Topic # 15036 1-Aug-2007 00:31
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I plan to go back to XP from Vista.  I hae been told the obly way to do this is by doing a clean install.  Unfortunatly my hard drive isn't partitioned so I will have to delete everything.  My question is, can I create a new partition on my hard drive and put files and programs on it that I want to keep?

My other question is, how do you actually wipe your hard drive? I've never had to do this before so not sure.

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  Reply # 80672 1-Aug-2007 05:59
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Yes you can create another partition for backup etc, not too sure if you can backup programs, most probably have to reinstall them on XP. I'm not familiar with Vista but its bound to have a hard disk partitioning tool of some sort, otherwise try searching google for a free one. Once you have done that and backed up everything you want boot up with the XP cd, there's an option to partition your drive before it installs, just make sure you don't delete the backup partition you created. Hope this helps Smile



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Reply # 80674 1-Aug-2007 06:18
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So you don't actually delete anything before you insert the XP disc?
Is all the reformating of the hard drive during the XP installation?


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 80676 1-Aug-2007 06:23
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Yes, I'm assuming you have a copy of XP already, before your install there's the option to repartition your hard disk.. Delete the Vista partition and create a new one for XP, it will format it and away you go.



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  Reply # 80832 2-Aug-2007 00:47
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Instead of deleting Vista, I think i will use a dual boot system.  This will allow me to use XP until SP1 comes out for Vista and then switch on to Vista.   If I have programs installed on the same drive as Vista, can I use them with XP or do I need to install the, again?

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  Reply # 81000 3-Aug-2007 12:44
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you can't use the programs installed under vista to be used under xp. needs to be reinstalled regardless of whether you single or dual boot.




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