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I am buying an HP Mini 10.1" Netbook (210-2150NR) with 250GB Hard Drive,1GB Memory that has Windows 7 Starter installed. Can I replace that Windows 7 with XP?

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The bigger issue is that Windows XP reaches end-of-life on April 8th, 2014. Not very long from now. When that happens there will be no more Windows Updates, not even security ones. XP will be a sitting duck for hackers after that date - security hole? Not our problem, from Microsoft. If you just need basic web-browsing then perhaps one of the Linux distributions will fit the bill? Xubuntu runs very well on low-resource computers like the one you are describing. It comes as a "live-cd" so you can boot it to a desktop without installing it to see if it works on your computer. –  Bill Aug 23 '13 at 15:01
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If you have a Retail copy of XP (non-OEM, non-Upgrade) you can install it if you like (provided it's not installed elsewhere at the same time).

If the hard drive is not detected, you may be able to use a "legacy" or "compatibility" mode in BIOS for the hard disk or you may be able to download appropriate drivers from HP's site (but I don't think HP likes supporting their products, so they may not offer XP drivers). Once downloaded, you can incorporate them into a new install CD using a tool like nlite

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You may. BUT:

You will need to have a Windows XP CD with a Windows XP Key. Microsoft has stopped selling Windows XP long back. And you cannot downgrade Windows 7 to Windows XP since you are not a corporate customer.

However if you have an older copy of Windows XP lying around you can surely load up Windows XP by clean installing or dual booting.

Also if the laptop has SATA harddisk, then Windows XP may not detect it. You will a Windows XP CD provided by a company like HP or Dell since they add the SATA drivers to the XP image before providing it to the end customer.

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OEM disks (such as those from HP or Dell cannot be used - they are legally bound to the systems they are sold with. There are other options. –  Multiverse IT May 17 '11 at 4:27
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