Windows Vista Downgrade with Easy Transfer

Will "Windows Easy Transfer" work when downgrading Vista Home Premium to XP Pro? Has anyone tried successfully? Windows states that it will not work when transferring to "Windows XP Starter Edition" but I've never heard of this edition. Are they being purposely vague to deter people from downgrading using Vista's own tool?
InveiglerAsked:
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InveiglerConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
I've installed and atrtempted to use the Windows Easy transfer to migrate files back to XP Pro. Application works but doesn't give yoiu an option to open a target XP Computer. So I answered my own question. Do I get points for that? : )
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andrew_aj1Commented:
Windows XP Starter is a low-cost version of XP for certain countries. You should have no issues doing this. If you want to be safe you can copy your important data to an external hard drive or burn it to a CD/DVD.
I hope this helps. Good luck.
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InveiglerAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I think so too but I'm really looking to know if someone has actually done it successfully
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dfxdeimosCommented:
Might I play Devil's advocate and ask why the downgrade to XP?
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InveiglerAuthor Commented:
It's a laptop that requires service so I have to remove all my data and send it in. It was a dog when running properly even with Vista stripped and 2GB RAM so I wanted to downgrade when I get it back. Hoping it might perform a bit better under XP. I know all the perils and pitfalls.

Just want to be clear by successfully I mean:
Ran "Windows Easy Transfer" in Vista
Saved to DVD
Downloaded Windows Easy Transfer  
Installed it on XP
Ran the program in XP
Successfully imported all files and settings into XP from DVD using Windows Easy transfer
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dfxdeimosConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I see. That is odd though, 2GB of RAM should run Vista without any issue. But anyways...

I don't have experience with the Easy Transfer program, but I can tell you that XP Starter is a specific version of Windows that was developed for emerging markets (India, China, etc) so I highly doubt that you would be effected by that stipulation in the use restrictions.
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InveiglerAuthor Commented:
Microsoft is vague in that it states that "Windows Easy Transfer" is for migrating from many OSs "to Vista" or "Vista to Vista" but make no mention of from Vista "to" any other MS OS
Thanks just the same
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Peter HartCommented:
as an aside - i assume you have the XP drivers for the laptop before you 'downgrade'
p.s. XP will be like Windows ME in 6 months, if Vista is slow with 2G RAM then its probably the CPU  or a dodgy HD - and it may be pants with XP.
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InveiglerAuthor Commented:
Since I can't close this post without awarding points I'll just leave it. I can't award points for answers like "why downgrade to XP?" I answered the question myself by attempting the downgrade using Easy Transfer.  The answer is no the wizard gives you no option other than Vista to transfer to. If I can't be awarded points for ansering my own quetion then please close this question without awarding points.
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InveiglerAuthor Commented:
Why must I award points when no answer has been provided. It diminishes the value of this community. Each answer was either of little value or outright wrong.
Your thoughts?
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Peter HartCommented:
I would ask for the question to be removed and the points refunded.
post a request in community support
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