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TSE
Oct 31, 2009, 02:49 PM
I have been using Windows 7 for about two weeks now. While it definitely is faster than Vista and in some ways XP, I find all the eye candy even with Aero off to give me headaches and it has certain graphical problems with certain programs made for the Windows 9x line, even with compatibility mode. I don't have an optical drive though, but I do have another spare computer and a 4 GB Flash Drive so I can load the disc files onto the USB drive if possible. Overall I want to just wait for SP1 to come out before being completely dedicated to Windows 7.

Is there a way to downgrade from Windows 7 to Windows XP via Flash Drive?



ayeying
Oct 31, 2009, 02:51 PM
I'm afraid you'll need to reinstall, unless you have an earlier back up you can reimage to.

Stridder44
Oct 31, 2009, 03:15 PM
I have been using Windows 7 for about two weeks now. While it definitely is faster than Vista and in some ways XP, I find all the eye candy even with Aero off to give me headaches and it has certain graphical problems with certain programs made for the Windows 9x line, even with compatibility mode. I don't have an optical drive though, but I do have another spare computer and a 4 GB Flash Drive so I can load the disc files onto the USB drive if possible. Overall I want to just wait for SP1 to come out before being completely dedicated to Windows 7.

Is there a way to downgrade from Windows 7 to Windows XP via Flash Drive?

The better question is 'can I mount an XP ISO onto a flash drive and get it to boot/install off of said flash drive'.

What programs in particular are you having 'graphical problems' with?

TSE
Oct 31, 2009, 03:20 PM
They are more annoying than they are destructive. For example, with Age of Empires, in order to run it you need to run the game, set up the game, then right when the game starts you need to go to desktop, disable explorer.exe, and then you need to find the Age of Empires program under task manager which is sometimes a pain. Annoying things like that.

So would the ISO image mount via flash drive?

DivineEvil
Nov 1, 2009, 01:29 AM
Why don't you just install XP mode? It's like a mini virtual PC with XP.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

ayeying
Nov 1, 2009, 11:48 AM
Why don't you just install XP mode? It's like a mini virtual PC with XP.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

The OP wants to play games, Virtual-PC is not a viable option.

balamw
Nov 1, 2009, 01:28 PM
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The OP is trying to run Windows 95/98 games. Virtualization on modern hardware might work well enough for that!

Though you might want to consider actually virtualizing 98...

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