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50 free tools to extend your Windows XP PC

Extend XP today, for free

While Microsoft is keen for us to move to Windows Vista, we've got other ideas. With a brand-new service pack and a slew of useful add-ons XP works better than ever. Here are 50 tools that can extend XP's useful working life still further.

How to downgrade to XP

While we haven't gone so far as to downgrade our Vista machines, a number of PC Advisor readers have reported that they've done so using the following method.

You need to have a copy of Vista Business or Ultimate in order to be able to execute the downgrade, and it has to be an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) preinstalled version of Windows Vista at that. You also need a Windows XP disc.

To start the procedure, install Windows XP in the normal way. Towards the end of the process you'll be prompted to activate your OS – choose to do so by phone rather than online. Have your Vista activation code to hand and, when asked by the Microsoft support representative, tell him or her you wish to perform a ‘downgrade' to XP. They should then talk you through the rest of the process.

Note that, in contrast to the way an upgrade works, programs and settings
on the existing installation aren't retained, so you'll need to back up and archive everything before you begin. You'll also need access to licences for the software
you install on your XP machine. Good luck!

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