How can I downgrade Satellite Pro A200GE-1F9 company from Vista to XP Pro?


I just took delivery of a "Toshiba Satellite Pro A200GE-1F9 - Core 2 Duo T7300 2 GHz - 15.4"TFT".» Great laptop, but the operating system is very slow... transfer files, access to the internet.

I understand that the license allows me to downgrade to XP. The question is how can I do this, because this operating system is not ready for the technology on my laptop.

1 Toshiba provide me with a XP OS disk?
2 Toshiba provide me with new XP drivers for my laptop?
3. I have trouble with XP recognizing my hard drive due to the SATA drives.

Vista is useless because it does so not. Even Microsoft are allowing users to downgrade - please see below.

Here are a few notes I found on the web

Can I downgrade my OEM of Windows version

Vista business to Windows XP Professional? Yes. Right of demotion OEM desktop operating systems PC apply to Windows Vista business and Windows Vista Edition full, as stated in the terms of the license. Please note, downgrade versions OEM Windows Vista business and Windows Vista Ultimate are limited to Windows XP Professional (including Windows XP Edition Tablet PC and Windows XP x 64 edition). End users can use the following media for their downgrade: Volume Licensing media (provided that the end-user has a Volume License Agreement), trade retail (FPP) or System Builder hologram CD (provided that the software is acquired in accordance with the Microsoft OEM System Builder License). Use of degraded operating system is governed by the Windows Vista Business license terms, and the end user cannot use the downgrade and professional Windows Vista operating system. There is no right of demotion for Windows Vista Home Basic or Windows Vista Edition Home Premium.


If you want Windows XP Pro on a new machine, Windows Vista (Business or Ultimate), and then downgrade
I don't know how many people is aware of this, but if you buy a Windows Vista Business or Ultimate then you can use a Windows XP CD (that you have legal access to) to load Windows XP on this machine.

When you need the product key / or need to activate, it will potentially fail, but a simple call to with your Vista product key activation center should give you all the details you need. Then, when you're ready to put Vista on this machine, you can do without the purchase of this new cost. Alternatively, you can buy Windows XP today and if you want to load Vista, you can give more money to a store for a copy again.

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First of all thanks for the information on the downgrade of the OEM of Windows version.

I bought my Satellite with Vista and it would be nice that I would get a XP for free.

But to be honest I'm not really sure if Microsoft will activate Win XP after buying the Vista operating system. But who knows, maybe you should say with the support of Microsoft.

To my knowledge, you will not get any additional operating system from Toshiba, but only the Toshiba Recovery CD.
Each Toshiba laptop has been delivered with the recovery CD that contains the Microsoft operating system (XP or Vista), drivers Toshiba and utilities.

That's all. If you lose the recovery CD, you can order the same CD/DVD with the same operating system of the authorized Toshiba service provider!

But like I said above, a retirement details you should specify it with MS is supported.

If you get more information from MS, please report it here in this thread. It s interesting theme.

Best regards

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