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I need to get a new laptop for my sister, but she has the (understandable) requirement that I yank out preinstalled Vista and/or 7 out of it, and install XP.
I can understand, I did the same with my Dell Inspiron 1720, actually I chose it precisely because it had (and still has) full XP support by the manufacturer.
But now, one year later, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find XP drivers. E.g. Dell has no XP downloads at all for the Dell Inspiron 1750 (and several other models), while others like HP "hide" the XP drivers inside the Vista/7 section, and even claim that the driver package will NOT work with XP (while it has all the infs, files and readmes).
Even getting a download for a simple query such as "HM55 Intel Chipset drivers for Windows XP" on INTEL'S FUCKING WEBSITE is cryptic. In the best of cases, you're on for some serious driver hunting. In the worst case, it just won't work with XP, period.
What the fuck is going on here? I hate to be crying "wolf" and "there must be a conspiracy to actively phase out/kill XP", but it sure does seem like it.
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My University where I study now has Windows XP Core 2 duo machines with Terminal Services or something like that. I am a OpenSUSE user ATM, but at least Windows XP is still supported. I plugged in a Parallel port ZIP drive into Windows XP SP3 once and it was autodetected and setup automagically so I could recover data off the 100MB disk. Would Windows 7 do that?
But Windows 7 really is quite fast when you turn off unnecessary services. It is really good and runs games way faster than Vista Ultimate.
Hopefully you took the data and copied it onto a CD, or some other kind of media that hasn't been obsolete for ten years.