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    Getting rid of Vista

    So I am on the lookout for a laptop for my travels and have narrowed it down to a HP model. That only downside to it is that it HAS to come with Vista. What can I do with Vista? I am looking at getting it, wiping it, and installing XP on it. Can I sell the Vista license or anything?
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    Why get rid of it? Whats the specs on this laptop? If you have a good enough computer, it will run as well as or better than XP. I'm using it now.


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    If it came on the laptop, it's an OEM license and not transferable. Though you could probably sell it to a friend or on Craig'sList on the DL. If it's a customized install disc from HP, it's probably impossible.
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    I was curious how hard it is to downgrade to XP. I bought my mother a low-end laptop when vista was just released and the laptop CANNOT handle vista at all. I want to downgrade to XP but I've heard it can be a lot trickier than just shoving a XP CD in the computer... Anyone have any personal experience with this?

    P.S. Sorry if I just semi-hijacked your thread wannabe. Btw, people trash talk vista a lot, but I have it on a new vaio laptop and I have to say, although at first I didn't like it, its definitely growing on me besides a few minor issues with permissions. If I had to choose XP or Vista on a new laptop right now, I'm pretty sure I'd choose vista.
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    I don't care if the specs can run it or not I hate Vista. I have it at work on a really nice desktop and it hangs on me all the time. I will also not be having those nice of specs on the laptop. It's only like $700

    Stupid bundled OS crap. Why can't they just give us genuine disk...ug.
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    dont accept the eula then email whoever made the laptop and ask for a refund in place of the OS. im surpised you did see the artical about it on digg.
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    The important thing is that you have to make sure that you have WinXP drivers for all of components.

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    I was going to mention that but I also don't feel like going through ALL that **** he did. It also took him months to get the check. I am sure they will be hit with a bunch of those now and make some new rule.

    I was also going to ask that. I am guessing some of these won't even have XP drivers made since they are components made for laptops that should only be running Vista.
    Last edited by WannaBe_80z; 07-24-2008 at 01:10 PM.
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    Dunno, I've heard stories with Dell where people have called up and had it handled no problem. Probably depends on which phone jockey you get at the call center. Worth a shot though.
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    Well I might have to give it a try. I wonder if I can order it over the phone and just ask them NOT to install the OS.
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    It'll have to ship with something on it...FreeDOS or Ubuntu.

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    Why?
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