How to install XP on a Sony Vaio P

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No netbook should be running Vista. Period. Exclamation point. Dell Mini 9 smashed repeatedly into the bridge of Steve Ballmer’s nose. And that even goes for the beefy-for-a-netbook-but-don’t-call-it-a-netbook Sony Vaio P.

Luckily, the process of downgrading the Vaio P’s built-in Vista install is relatively simple, with the only casualties being volume and mute buttons that no longer work. A small price to pay for not running Vista.

replacing vista with xp on the vaio p [Pocketables via Hack-A-Day]

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4 Responses to How to install XP on a Sony Vaio P

  1. stratosfyr says:

    I’ve installed the Win7 beta on my old laptop (1.6 GHz dual-core, 1GB RAM, integrated graphics, tablet) and it works quite well. Better than XP, especially in terms of networking — except that Explorer hangs with alarming regularity. Not quite ready for prime time. I don’t think I’d trust it for my main computer just yet.

  2. eustace says:

    Windows 7 is still a “protected path” OS. I don’t buy computers so they can prevent me from doing what the law allows, but the RIAA/MPAA do not.

  3. strider_mt2k says:

    With all the good reports about it I’m surprised they didn’t just do Win7?

    The hardware is certainly up to it.

  4. The Bus says:

    From what I’ve heard from a friend, installing XP means you lose the GPS and WWAN capabilities as well unless you go through some PITA process to extract the drivers.

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