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Is it possible to downgrade to windows xp 32 bit on a windows 64 bit machine.  Are there specific guidelines just in case the computer has too much power to handle a downgrade?

Thank you for your help Experts!!
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Hello,

on a technical point of view this is possible with a clean install without any problem. An Inplace Downgrade is not possible.

However, the licence right to downgrade is not included in every licence form, especially oem / Sb licences. so read the EULA that comes with your licence. Volume Licences typically include Downgrade Rights.

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You also need to make sure that drivers are available for XP for that computer before you do that.  Not all hardware supports Windows XP.
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Is the use of xp mode out of the question?
Others answered the direct question which usually means that at the time of purchase you specified that you did not want win 7 but wanted it downgraded to xp.
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by:John Hurst
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XP is really dead. Given that you already have Windows 7 64-bit, you can upgrade it to Pro (if not already Pro) and get XP mode (as suggested above) and have everything you need.

Going backward to XP does not seem like a good idea to me at all. .... Thinkpads_User
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you can install XP mode, or a dual boot
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
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Thank you Everyone for your comments...I already have 3 machines running Win 7 and XP Mode.  Very familiar with the XP Mode.  The problem that we are facing here is there is a really bad latency in using the VM.  It looks like we are going to continue to use a dinosaur application Navision (without upgrading) and the only way to have this program work without being too slow is on a basic XP machine......

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how would I now how to identify if the machine has all necessary drivers.  Is there a folder to look for on the machine?  Or a tool to run before the downgrade to ensure these dirvers are available?
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@Lamrski - Try using VMware Workstation and a virtual XP machine. I have Vista, XP, and other virtual machines and they work just fine. Your host machine should be fine. Make sure it has 4Gb of memory at least. But I do not find VMware virtual machines to be too slow.

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Okay ..is there a free software version for the VMware workstaiotn?
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by:John Hurst
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VMware Workstation is not free, but best in class. VMware Player is free and I think you can build a machine with the newest version of VMware Player.
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For real XP drivers, you have to look on the manufacturers web site in the driver downloads.  If there aren't any, you may have a problem installing XP.
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post your mobo model to start - then we can assist
you may have a perfect running XP system - with a couple devices not insalled in the worst case
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by:Lamrski
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Thank you for your assistance... We have not pruchased the machine to test this  setup yet..  But now I know what to look for....I guess the critical thing is to go to the manufacturere's website before actually buying the machine for use
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by:Dave Baldwin
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New machines are nice but there are a whole lot of used XP machines still available.
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I know you are ight about this...Our company does not want to buy used/ refurbished machines.   I don't see a problem with it myself
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