Dell inspiron 1525 laptop downgrading - how


I want to down grade my Dell inspiron 1525 to windows XP.
They are giving Vista with the brand new note book. How to downgrade it to XP.If possible plz give me the info for the availability of latest drivers too.

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you can get the drivers from these locations:

Notebook system software :
Chipset drivers :
Media Card :
Intel Graphics :
Lan Network :
Wireless :
Bluetooth :
Camera :
Modem :
Touchpad :
Camera Application :
Audio :
Quickset :

the mousepad driver in xp does not support scrolling, if u want the scrollbars to work then install the vista drivers..
the problem with this is that you will not be able to access the mouse controls from the control panel......
this link is replaced with some bullshit.... so I set the mouse pointer speed, and the mouse pointer before installing the vista drivers. this is important if u plan to use an external usb mouse...... the pointer is shitty slow for a external mouse it u don't do it......
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Save the following to CD or Flash Drive. R174292 from Dell downloads and Windows SP1, SP3.
Rebooted. Used F2 to get into setup and changed Onboard Devices/SATA Operation from AHC1 to ATA and Onboard Devices/Flash Cache Module to OFF. Saved and exited

Insert XP disk in CD/DVD drive.

Rebooted. Used F12 to change boot device to CD/DVD. XP will load from CD.

Reboot. Run R174292 from your CD or Flash to be able to connect to the internet. Connect to your router.

Run SP1 and SP 3 Windows updates from Flash card.

Go to Dell downloads. Enter Service Tag number from bottom of the laptop. This will give you what downloads you will need. Most laptops have different combinations of components. Mark the ones you want to download. Download them all at once to a separate file folder.

Go to download file folder you set up and rename all the downloaded files to make it easier to install them in the proper order. It is important that the drivers are installed in the proper order. I used file names like D00 Notebook System R161278, D01 Chipset R153997, D03 Media R141246, etc. I had 14 install programs (you could have more or less depending on your laptop's configuration) to run so to keep them straight I found that renaming them really helped out.

Reboot and download and installl CCleaner. Run CCLeaner to clean out dead wood and clean up the registry. Use the wipe option under advanced. It takes a while to run, but it is always good to start out with a clean system.

Reboot and install your regular software.

What was written above by others was very helpful and got me started on this project. They did a heck of a job. You really have to hate Vista to do this.
To be able to install XP on the Inspiron 1525 you need to disable the Cash flash memory in the bios setup & also to change the HDD type from ATHA to ATA .

There are alternate ways. You can make a XP CD with SATA device driver. U will need a XP cd image and download Intel Matrix Storage manager. You can thus make a new CD. Many applications are available for this. So u can directly use AHCI mode and is preffered. This problem is common for almost all laptop users.
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I cant seem to make my audio work. When I just finish installing XP, device manager shows all unknown devices (ethernet, wireless etc) but there is no unknown audio hardware. When I try installing the Drivers provided here or in I get the "device not supported on this system". Any ideas?

In order to install the drivers correctly,the following
order should be maintained otherwise an audio driver is
not installed by the system.

1/- Intel Mobile Chipset Driver
2/- Ricoh Driver
3/- Audio Driver
4/- Display Driver
5/- Modem Driver
6/- Wireless Driver
7/- Bluetooth Driver
8/- Cd-rom/Dvd Driver
9/- Integrated Webcam Driver
10/- Sata Driver
11/- Ethernet Driver
12/- Dell Tools (optional)

All the above are available at


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