After you upgrade a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer to Windows Vista, you may decide to remove Windows Vista. However, in the Programs and Features item in Control Panel, there is no option to remove Windows Vista. This article describes how to remove Windows Vista by reverting to Windows XP.
Steps to remove Windows VistaTo remove Windows Vista, back up any files, and then perform a clean installation of Windows XP. To do this, follow these steps:
- Back up your files to a CD, to a DVD, to an external drive such as a USB flash drive, or to a secondary partition.
- When the backup is complete, perform a clean installation of Windows XP. For more information about how to perform a clean installation of Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:316941 How to install or upgrade to Windows XP
Article ID: 933170 - Last Review: Oct 22, 2008 - Revision: 1