I just stumbled onto another possible solution : But the order button goes to an error message. I'll just have to wait till Monday to call their local office and see how many arms and legs the Backup Di$c co$t.
"2007 Microsoft Office Suite Backup Media
Congratulations-you've acquired one of the 2007 Microsoft Office suites or programs with your new computer. Your new software includes a Medialess License Kit for a Microsoft Office suite or program, which means:
1. You are eligible for OEM pricing and products
2. The computer manufacturer preinstalled and configured the Microsoft Office suite or program for the license you acquired.
3. You are eligible for program installation discs. Shipping and handling costs may apply.
Because your computer manufacturer or reseller has preinstalled a 2007 Microsoft Office suite or program, you do not need the installation discs unless you have to reinstall the suite or program. You can order backup installation discs on this site. If you are running Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise or Windows Vista Ultimate, you can create your own backup discs using the Complete PC Backup feature found in those editions. (Instructions are below.) "http://www.microsoft...p/en-us/default.mspx
I have not activated it as yet in Vista because I did not intend to use Vista at all. Besides, if the MSO files are not on the harddisk, activating it in Vista and then installing Windows XP does not help unless I can safely install Windows XP Pro safely over Windows Vista Basic.
I had a quick look for the MSO files but they don't appear to be in the harddisk. I would probably have to set the Vista to show hidden files and have another look.
Has anyone tried installing Windows XP Pro over Windows Vista Basic successfully.