I was “warned” of the possibility by another Dell 1525 owner last may when I got my (used) Dell that some of them upgrade to Win7 and some don’t.
but the ones that won’t upgrade to win7 will usually Backgrade to XP.
After discovering that mine upgraded to win7 painless I was hardly suprised when I couldn’t lmake XP work right, but that didn’t stop me from making several attempts…
Thinking about it I DID defeat the audio issue the third time around
but never did make the WiFi work, NONE of the drivers would make the WiFi card in my 1525 work correctly, even third party drivers that I tried wouldn’t “go”.
I’m not entirely sure what the exact problem was, but
it was suggested that the earlier of the two different Dell WiFi cards that these notebooks will work with XP and the later one won’t.
Why? I don’t know, but I don’t have one of those “older” Wi Fi cards, so I’m unable to expirement at this time.
BTW, THE issue with Win7 upgrades on the early production Dell 1525’s were audio issues.
I’ve seen commentary that 1525’s made Dec08 Jan09 can have the Win7 audio issue, ones made after January usually don’t.
I’m not sure when they switched WiFi cards.
I do know my 1525 has a 28JAN09 production date, and that if I fiddle with it any more I’ll be going the other way, to Win7.
unless I get bored some snowy winter afternoon…