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Would it be possible to uninstall Windows 7 & then install Windows XP (64 bit) on this machine:

http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/DT.SJPAA.002

I purchased that machine, but Windows 7 is causing severe compatibility issues with the software that I use to run basically my entire business.

Is it possible to uninstall Windows 7, and then install Windows XP (64 bit) while still having all the features of that computer work (SATA 3.0, usb 3.0 ports, etc, etc)?

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Have you thought of virtual guests? You can run either Virtual Box or VM Player with Win XP in them. –  Darius Aug 13 '12 at 20:00
    
Have you considered running XP Mode, which is a virtual XP environment inside Windows 7? –  user3463 Aug 13 '12 at 20:01
    
I'm afraid not, no. I run an appraisal company, and the machine that I purchased (the one referenced in my question) acts as a server for four other Windows XP machines to run off of. The new machine purchased replaced a much older PC that was running Windows XP. Since replacing that machine with this new machine running Windows 7, I'm having severe problems. I called the platinum tech support number for the software I run, and they told me I need to have & run windows XP. –  Robert Aug 13 '12 at 20:04
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XP 64 is notoriously bad with driver support. I doubt you would be able to get everything working again even if there are xp drivers listed. –  Kyle Aug 13 '12 at 20:04
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XP Mode, maybe not, but a virtualised XP running on VirtualBox or VMWare is a different story. –  user3463 Aug 13 '12 at 20:12

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yes it's possible. you will how ever have to format the machine and then need a valid windows XP installation CD to have windows XP installed.

From what I understand the windows 7 also provides a compatibility mode; where you can run windows XP programs. have you taken a look at that?

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Yes, I have a valid Windows XP (64 bit) license to install on the machine. My concern is drivers. I'm savvy enough to (think)/know that just formatting the drive & installing XP won't be enough, and that many things just won't function...ports, drives, etc, etc. –  Robert Aug 13 '12 at 20:19
    
once you have successfully installed XP; most of the drivers can be explored by XP itself; if not I am sure you might have the drivers as well. Since windows 7 also provides a compatibility mode have you tried the approach? –  Ayusman Aug 13 '12 at 20:21
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try to look at this: lifehacker.com/5245396/set-up-and-use-xp-mode-in-windows-7 –  Ayusman Aug 13 '12 at 20:24
    
+1 for XP mode. That sounds like the best solution here. Or Virtual Box. –  Tanner Aug 13 '12 at 20:40

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