On my Packard Bell Easynote MX36-U-030D Windows Vista was preinstalled when I got it some 6 month ago. I would like to get rid of Vista and install XP SP2 (SP3?!) instead, but I am concerned about the drivers.
The computer contains a set of reinstallable drivers which can be saved on an external storage device. But will these drivers suited for Vista work on XP. Some would, I guess, some wouldn't. The drivers on Packard Bell's internet page also seems to be mostly Vista:
Is there a Packard Bell computer prior to Packard Bell Easynote MX36-U-030D which contains some of the same hardware devices - but designed for XP (thus I could probably use those drivers)?!
This wouldn't be an issue if the internal XP drivers would be able to handle the devices in the Easynote - but will they?!
Ordinarily I would simply try this: Get rid of Vista by "killdisking", installing XP, and if it didn't work, reinstall Vista and accept to continue with Vista. However, there is no install-CD/DVD in the package which came along with the computer. The only way to preserve Vista seems to make the recommended restore image of the present configuration on a DVD.
Another thing is that there is a hidden partition before the first visible partition. I am not sure what it contains. Probably some recovery items, but on other computers (Dell and Compaq) I have experienced such hidden partitions to contain important BIOS related stuff. So I am very reluctant to start messing around with this hidden partition. I don't know whether or not the restore image would also restore the hidden partition.
Instead of killdisking the entire hard disk, I could easily killdisk the C: drive, leaving the hidden partition unharmed and installing XP - and then see what happens!
I don't think there will be a SATA issue if I use a slipstreamed XP SP2 installation disk - but I am not sure about it.
Question: Has anybody tried downgrading Packard Bell Easynote MX36-U-030D from Vista to XP - if yes, was it successfull and how did you do it?
Thank you in advance.