If you have a Vaio P, downgrade to XP

With XP-friendly drivers finally cropping up, making the trip much less troublesome, it's time to "downgrade" any Vaio Ps still stuck with Vista. Though U.S. WWAN drivers still have to be prized from Vista packages -- ignore the ones at that link, they're for European Ps -- that's the only laborious part left. GPS and most of the fancy keyboard controls work just fine. Kudos goes to Jenn of Pocketables, chief among those who figured out everything there is to figure out in this particular niche of netbookdom. XP runs so much better on the P than Vista it feels like an entirely different machine. It's markedly faster than Windows 7, too, making it worthwhile even if you're got that installed. Even the XP versions of Sony's system management utilities are markedly less bloated. How did this sorry need to tinker come about? The Vaio P has 2GB of RAM, meaning Microsoft won't license Windows XP for it. Sony itself seems to have realized the mistake it made putting Vista on a netbook: it's reportedly planning to release a 1GB model with XP.

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7 Responses to If you have a Vaio P, downgrade to XP

  1. Yes downgrade please…. vista sucks!


  2. jasbw504 says:

    Windows XP is the best at all. Thank you for this article. Term Papers

  3. Matthew Miller says:

    Or, you could just install Linux, as God intended for Netbooks. And you can install a completely modern distro rather than clinging to an old Microsoft release.

  4. Rob Beschizza says:

    I’m not interested in what God intended for netbooks.

  5. Rob Beschizza says:

    I had windows 7 on it before the downgrade. It was snappier than vista, but XP is certainly the best.

    People say that Windows 7 is good for netbooks, and it’s just fine, but XP is still a better fit for weak-performing machines like netbooks.

  6. strider_mt2k says:

    Could God make a netbook so proprietary he himself couldn’t put another OS on it?

    It’s a conundrum.

  7. strider_mt2k says:

    Or, dare I say, Windows 7?

    Vista drivers might play nice.

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