Need Help in Downgrading Dell Vista Business to XP Pro
Posted on 2009-04-26
I just bought a Dell Inspiron 530, with downgrade rights from Vista to XP being one of the main reasons for the purchase. I am stuck in making the downgrade, as Dell's website information is pretty well worthless. I did an online chat and was referred to a specific page with simple instructions that simply failed, with the bomb-out message saying that I could not downgradde because there was a newer operating system already installed. I downloaded the user's manual, and it doesn't have any information at all on downgrading.
The Dell came with Vista Business pre-installed. It cranked up when I turned the machine on. The unit also came with two Dell "Operating System - Already Installed on Your Computer" CDs, one for Windows Vista Business 32bit SP1 and one for Windows XP Professional SP 3.
When I inserted the XP disk to see what it would do/say, it wanted to install XP, but stopped, with the "newer operating system already installed" message.
Both disks have the following information printed on them: "This CD is not for the installation of programs or drivers." Does this mean that even though it's a Dell-made disk, the drivers for (whatever) aren't on it? I was thinking of just reformatting the thing since it's a brand new computer, but I feel shaky, uncertain of what I need to do . I don't want to start out screwing up the darn thing before I even get a chance to use it
Please note that I do NOT want Vista as the operating system, and do not want "solutions" advising me to stick with it.
So here I am, experts. What do I need to do and how should I do it?
Thanks in advance for your time and help..