Since newer desktop came with Microsoft Vista Basic/OEM license only, without option to downgrade it.
I had to install our site licensed Microsoft Windows XP Pro and manually search for drivers for it since HP didn't provide application/drivers restore cd like it used to with previous models, which btw is a step into wrong direction for them. This type of machine I'd expect oriented towards business should allow more flexibility for IT team and technology integrators.
And now to juicy part – search for drivers for Windows XP:
Drivers search on hp.com, failed to provide correct windows XP drivers for network card.
It really bugs me actually - I go through the trouble specifying exact model number and they give a list of 4 NIC drivers from 4 different manufacturers :( Shouldn't they know exactly which one the motherboard has installed??? How come DELL and Lenovo just give one driver based on serial number and it just works! In any case neither of them was correct one....
As my boss always says, “Then in trouble - forums are your best friends” and this one wasn't an exception to this rule: looking up markings on the motherboard - M2N68-LA I found this document where it found this crucial piece of info: It is based on NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 chipset.
- Motherboard, Video, Lan and Usb drivers all part of standard Nforce drivers package - here is the updated one, but if link exprires use this link and choose:
Product Series: nForce 6 Series and Product: nForce 630i/Geforce 7150
- Sound "card" is Realtek ALC888 hp support page has the drivers - if they don't work try ones from here
But the biggest challenge was to find drivers for Parallel and Serial post located on dedicated PCI Card. So again i begun to rigid search with buddy Google.
Device Manager shows - PCI\VEN_1415&DEV_9523 - Maker is eventually identified as Oxford Semiconductors and bit more search I found the HP name - KD062AA Serial & Parallel PCI Card and it's driver on this page
On this note I'm glad to tell you - my holy grail seach for drivers was a success ! Hope this will help a person a two and help you :)
P.S: My company uses Volume license Key for most Microsoft products so no need to look around for Windows XP Professional License, and I installed it without any issues.