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How to uninstall Windows XP and revert to a previous operating system
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This article describes how to remove Microsoft Windows XP after an upgrade was completed successfully by using a qualifying upgrade path, including the successful creation of the Windows XP removal files (such as Backup.cab and Boot.cab) during the initial upgrade.
How to remove Windows XPTo remove Windows XP, follow these steps:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303160/ )Uninstall option not available on Windows XP
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/292607/ )Windows XP supported upgrade paths
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308008/ )How to remove the Windows XP uninstallation files
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308233/ )How to start the Windows XP uninstallation process from a command prompt
If you want to return to Windows 95, Windows NT, or Windows 2000If you want remove Windows XP and return to Microsoft Windows 95, Windows NT, or Windows 2000, you must reinstall Windows 95, Windows NT, or Windows 2000, restart your computer in Safe mode, and then back up all your critical data before you reinstall Windows 95, Windows NT, or Windows 2000.
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