Recently got an HP Pavilion dm1z laptop as a gift. It came factory installed with Windows 7 Pro x64, and being from the “Ultra Mobile” line, no disc drive. I really don’t like Windows 7 much, if at all, and am looking to downgrade the PC from Windows 7 Pro x64 to Windows XP Pro x64 (to take advantage of the 64-bit memory capacity). If at all possible, I’d need to do this with a USB install (I’ve done this on other PCs before, but a quick browse of the HP forums says this model’s likely to be tricky).
Windows 7 is just too flashy and bloated for my tastes and I’d really love to have my old favorite OS back once again. (Heck, if I could, I’d install Win2K, but alas, no 64-bit support, at least not for AMD.)
HP is notorious for loading bloatware on its factory models, and IMHO Windows 7 is already a pork barrel OS to begin with. Call me nostalgic and out of touch, but I really do miss the happy medium of simplicity and flexibility that I found with XP. Unfortunately, neither M$ nor the laws of planned obsolescence see it that way…
Anyway, I really just want to ditch Windows 7 and put XP 64-bit on the laptop. Can someone point me in the right direction to a workable solution for what I need, if this is even possible?
System specs are below. Thanks in advance! :-)
HP Pavilion dm1z-2100 PC
Current OS: Win7 Pro x64
5GB RAM installed (8GB limit)
AMD Catalyst (?) Chipset
1366×768 display (13″)