Re: Satellite A300 PSAGCA-03C010 - downgrade from Vista to XP
I'm really new to all this, so I hope that will not ask a question that has already been answered :)
I bought a laptop Toshiba Satellite A300 (model PSAGCA-03C010) in October 08. It came with a preinstalled version of Windows Vista Home Premium.
Initially, using Vista was not too bad, but it happened at a point now where his things slows down and is really frustrating. Want to downgrade (/ upgrade) go back to Windows XP and I want to know the "implications" of this and if the Toshiba Utilities are consistent and will work with XP.
First of all, can I use my ID current product that came with Vista and it enter the product ID when I install XP?
Also, I am concerned about the Wi - fi, bluetooth, finger scan and HDMI applications - will this work with XP?
Finally, when I created the "recovery disk", should everything go 'bad' when installing XP or if something does not work, can I use this recovery disc to return to the original "out of the box" installation?
Thanks in advance and again once, apologies if these qns have already answered in other posts (im not too technical).
> I'm really new to all this, so I hope that will not ask a question that has already been answered
In many cases, these questions have been answered already and you might find useful views by using the Advanced ;) search option
> Want to downgrade (/ upgrade) go back to Windows XP and I want to know the "implications" of this and if the Toshiba Utilities are consistent and will work with XP.
Tools and Vista drivers are not compatible with Win XP. If you want to install Win XP and want to use all the features of the laptop you must make sure that the Win XP drivers are available for this model of laptop.
Satellite A300 PSAGCA seems to be an Australian model. The drivers are placed here:
I checked this and found a few tools and drivers for this device.
> First of all, can I use my ID current product that came with Vista and it enter the product ID when I install XP?
No, you can not use it because it belongs to the Vista operating system preinstalled on your laptop.
> Finally, when I created the "recovery disk", should everything go 'bad' when installing XP or if something does not work, can I use this recovery disc to return to the original "out of the box" installation?
Yes, the recovery disk allows to reverse the laptop back to factory settings.
You will get the same as on the first day of purchase
I recently bought the Satellite L355-S7907 and do not like Vista I want to run Windows XP Service Pack 2 on it. Now I tried several methods, first start XP from CD, it loads for a few minutes then I get the blue screen of death, by saying that I should run ' CHKDISK F.
I ran check disk and my my hard drive is fine.
The other method I've tried is partition my hard drive then when Vista is on trying to install XP on the new partition. Vista allows me to install on a partition, because "Windows on your computer is newer than the version on CD.
What should I do here? I don't like Vista and I'd love to have XP working on this laptop.
Any help much appreciated
Downgrade from Vista to XP isn t possible. Therefore, you must make a clean and new Windows XP installation. You wrote that you get a BSOD if you start from XP disc, what code BSOD is it exactly?
I guess you only need drivers SATA to install XP. Have you installed them?
In addition I recommend read the discussions here in the forum about it. You'll have hundreds of them! ;)
Is it possible to downgrade from vista to XP? I can't find driver of HARD drive for it. Can you help me?
It is not possible to downgrade from Vista to XP.
If you want XP you have to pay for it and have to insatall it instead of Vista.
Toshiba drivers, you will get:
http://EU.computers.Toshiba-Europe.com-online decision-making supported Downloads & => Download drivers
I had Satellite Pro A200GE with Windows Vista Business Edition preinstalled in it.
Am not really satisfied with Windows Vista and I would like to downgrade to Windows XP Professional.
I don't have a CD to install Windows XP Professional, but don't know how to install it on a Vista machine.
I tried to boot my Vista laptop on this XP disc but no joy...
Is there another way to install XP on the computer before installing vista?
or I have to buy any disc retailer downgrade?
Any help appreciated
You can install XP on this laptop. As you say you have to boot from the XP CD to install it on the HARD drive.
But maybe your OS doesn't see the HARD internal disk? In this case, you need to install the SATA driver first. The Manager of the Intel Matrix Storage Manager includes the SATA driver. Intel Matrix Storage manager can be downloaded from the Intel Web site.
During the installation of Win XP, it must use the F5 key to include the SATA driver from an external FDD drive (floppy).
If you don t have an external USB FDD then you can use the program called nLite.
For more information, I recommend goggling for nLite software.
Check it out ;)
I get blue screen after Installation finished.
How do I get help please
What BSOD you get exactly?
Satellite L300, you need SATA drivers to install Windows on a drive of Microsoft because it s equipped to a SATA HDD. The driver you need you can find in the Intel Storage Manager package on the Toshiba site.
If you don t have an external floppy drive you can use nLIte to create your own with these drivers installation disk.
In addition, I can recommend hundreds of discussions on this question here in the forum.
Where can I get drivers for graphics cards and pci devices?
If your laptop is supported WXP drivers should be available on Toshiba support and download page under http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com
Check it out!
Join Satellite A300 disc to downgrade to windows XP. However, information for it is almost impossible to follow because it implies that I am a computer Wizard.
I bak up to Vista as asked and then rebooted computer all holding the key F12. Put in the #1 lower upgrade disc and then it confuses me what to do. This machine is brand new and I have no files to backup, but want to use XP because I'm more familiar with this OS.
So can someone guide me through this... as I am in Australia and most of you people are probably asleep or just waking up, please put all the instructions I am about to go to sleep because it gives me a headache. If someone had told me that it was not a simple exercise, I would never had bought the laptop in the first place.
Thanks for any help
Yes, this can be a bit difficult. Here are some easy instructions on how to use XP disks. :)
1. Insert the xp disk into the disk drive.
2 hold down the power button on the computer for 10 seconds to turn it off completely.
3 turn on the computer and start typing on the F12 key. Keep pressing it until it gives you your Start menu. (Don't hold the power button, type only just turn on the machine.)
4. Select CD/DVD using the arrows on your keyboard, and then press ENTER. Should say 'Loading RAM disk image' or something similar.
5. Select Yes on the warning screen (make sure you computer is connected to the main power, no battery).
6. Select following three times.
After that, it will say Partition initialization... This means that the recovery has begun. :)
Hope this helps!
I'm recovering the laptop from a friend.
He has installed Windows XP on its Satellite A300 PSAGCE and concluded that of course XP 32-bit Windows does not support the full functionality of the laptop.
Now I wanted to reinstall Vista that came with it. I have two recovery DVD but when I wanted to start them (them two DVDs) I always get the error message that the system is not fully ACPI-compatible.
Now of course this laptop should work with Vista and the provided restore DVD should work as well, no?
I tried to download a Bios nw, but it seems 1.10 is the most recent.
I also can't find all the ACPI settings in the BIOS that I could activate.
Could someone help me?
It is really urgent and driving me crazy!
Strange! Usually, if you have created the DVD recovery Toshiba using the TOSHIBA Recovery Disc Creator then everything should work correctly and you should be able to install Vista on this A300!
I put t know if you have changed something in the BIOS or elsewhere, but you should access the BIOS and should define the default settings.
Then try to boot from the recovery DVD Toshiba again.
Laptop: Satellite L350-170
Part No.: PSLD8E
Heya I write about the downgrade from Vista to XP.
I play world of warcraft online game, I think that my laptop is good enough to run it, but I get little FPS (Frames Per Second) I do belive Vista drains your computer and is no friendly case like performance than XP. I have Vista Home Premium, I was trolling internet reading how to etc... Some forums said that some manufacturers of computer/laptop can provide a Vista 2 XP disks. I was wondering does toshiba? If this is not the case, how it would be difficult to downgrade from Vista? Is there a risk of bricking my laptop? could u do a list of things that I would need and a guide step by step on how downgrade but remembering I'm not a computer very know how nobody so keep it very basic =)
Also - what is void your warranty? I would be able to send my laptop for toshiba and they do?
Take advantage of my wall of text
Thanks in advance for the help
* fruitsalad *.
Downgrade from Vista to XP isn't very difficult and it should be possible that you can do yourself.
You need at least one drive in Microsoft Windows XP with SP2. Boot from it and follow the instructions on the screen. But you need the SATA drivers, the computer can recognize the HARD drive. For drivers, you need Intel Storage Manager, which can be downloaded on the site of Toshiba and this is workaround step by step how to do this:
If you have installed XP, you must install all the drivers and tools for this. All what you need you can find on the Toshiba site:
http://EU.computers.Toshiba-Europe.com-online decision-making supported Downloads & => Download drivers
I wonder if someone has already tried to downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP. I have a Satellite P200-16 b.
I was check in the support Web site and I found most of the pilots it but I think not all.
Please post your comments here.
I used the search option and found many threads on the downgrade from Vista to XP on Satellite P200 PSPB0E
All Toshiba drivers are published on the European driver Toshiba page.
Of course, you won't find additional software and programs like WinDVD, etc. insofar as these software are only a part of the Toshiba recovery image and as I guess are not to free them.
An important note; you need to install XP drivers as mentioned in the installation instructions txt file. This doc is also found on the Toshiba driver page!
Then you should not get any trouble of installation.
Best regards and happy new year 2008 :D
I recently bought a laptop Toshiba Satellite U400/03 s with a pre-installed version of Vista business & do not like. It came with a recovery disk for Windows XP Pro product. This confused me a bit. Can I downgrade Vista Business with XP Pro?
My next question is, if I can downgrade to XP Pro I need registry XP with Mircosoft?
Also, if I do not need to register with Mircosoft XP, where can I get the registration key of?
Greatly forward a response.
Thank you very much.
A downgrade from Vista to XP is possible. Why not?
But as far as I know, so you need to reinstall the full specifications but in my opinion, this isn't a problem because you have the XP Recovery disk. Just boot from it and follow the instructions on the screen.
But before that, you you should burn the Windows Vista recovery disk. How do you know this? You need to start only the Toshiba recovery disc creator and you need a blank DVD. Then the Vista recovery disk will be created, and if you want new Vista, you must start only on this disc. That s all because it contains the settings factory and if all the drivers and tools of Toshiba.
If you have installed XP you must register it on Microsoft. It is not necessary.
AFAIK, you must enter a product key. It of already on the recovery disk.
Model - L300 Satellite PSLB8A-01F004
Place of residence current UK
Happy new year to you all. I have a problem with the adapter wireless following a downgrade from Vista to XP Pro home. Device Manager indicates that a network adapter, which is the LAN and it does not work properly.
I have two points with one exception - Ethernet controller and Modem on Bus High Definition Audio device.
I find all the major engines of the Toshiba Australia but he lists three (I think) site possible WLAN - Atheros, RealTek, and one of the other manufacturers.
I tried all three without success but am willing to acknowledge that I can have a mistake, perhaps by installing all three drivers at the same time for example.
The indicator on the front of the box portable wireless lights on or off with the hard switch setting.
I am also unable to locate the display of all available wireless netrworks, this can be a symptom of the driver is not installed.
I tried to locate the wireless card, but it doesn't seem to be accessible through the background panels, including the Panel of RAM module.
Any ideas please?
> I have two Articles with one exception - Ethernet controller and Modem on Bus High Definition Audio device.
The Ethernet controller is the WLAN adapter.
I guess that the WLan driver is missing and so the wireless network card does not appear under network adapters
Please check this Toshiba How TO:
This will help you find the right WLan driver for this chip.
and here you can find the drivers:
good luck and good news 2011 ;)
Dear friends I need help for the downgrade from vista to Xp sp2. My PC is Satellite A200 - 1N1 (PSAE3E)
Thank you very much
So, what problem do you have? I mean without knowing what problem you have, nobody can help you? Where is the problem?
I bought a 1NB A200 and I intend to downgrade from Vista to XP.
I would like to create a CD of tools and utilities, but do I need to do before the low grade or can I do after?
Also, I have to change the BIOS for XP before you install on the system or install XP first and then modify the BIOS for XP after installation?
Thanks for your help.
If possible, try to update the BIOS first, and then reinstall the operating system.
I think you also need download all drivers Toshiba XP before installing XP on this OS. Without the LAN or WLan you will not be able to connect to internet ;)
Model: Toshiba L30-105 PSL33E-02S02HFR.
USB ports (2) do not work after the downgrade from vista to Windows xp family. All the drivers downloaded from Toshiba Web site.
Thanks for any help,
Have you installed Win XP all service packs?
SP2 provides some patches on the USB feature.
You definitely need to update the Win XP OS
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