Hi there. I am eventually thinking of installing Windows XP on my ASUS UX50v. I am currently running Windows 7. However, I need XP for compatibility reasons. I already run it in a virtual machine, but I need full-fledged XP, not a slow and laggy virtual machine. How do I know if it will work? Is the only way to find out to actually install it, or is there something I can do first? Thanks!
asked Jul 19 '10 at 16:58
You should be able to easily downgrade. The best option would be to go on ASUS forums. I believe there is also a program allowing you to run Windows XP applications in Windows 7.
answered Jul 19 '10 at 17:01
If it has a sata drive, then you're going to have to use the compatibility mode to make it appear like an IDE drive, or else XP is going to have a problem. The option for that, if that model supports it, is in the BIOS.
Otherwise you're going to have to track down the SATA drivers, put them on removable drive, and tell XP install to use those drivers.
answered Jul 19 '10 at 17:10
Xp in standard form does not support partitions bigger than 137gig (you can have a 1tb drive but you need a partition on it 137gig or less). For SP2 onwards this does not apply.
Win 7 does a great job of auto finding a lot of things like gfx drivers etc. Xp is a little more prehistoric, you may need drivers for things.
Incas you do then here is a little link:
It's a bit hard to actually find the download links as the site is full of so many ads but they download once you find the right link.
XP pro or XP Home? Xp Home is a bit of a pain(!!!) to install without the original disk, you can do it using a flash drive using something like Win to flash:
Xp Pro you can simply burn to a cd and it should boot.
Hope this helps.