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Switching from vista to xp for the acer aspire 5315-2153

Is there anybody over there who can help me to switch from vista to xp on my caer aspire 5315-2153 laptop? You help would be much appreciated. But, if you know how, please imagine somebody who knows nothing almost of those know-how-tricks. I mean I need step-by-step procedure.
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  • mila_k_juhas Feb 06, 2009

    Thank you, both of you, so much. Yes, I have an original CD from my other laptop (Toshiba) that went dead on me. Yes, I have heard other people talking that it would not be enough just to install the XP because of the drivers. Somebody said that before I would install the XP, I would better to search for the intire set of drivers for this Acer 5315-2153. So, I realize that it would be a long project. Are there some other tips? What else should I know before I start the whole thing? Are there any tricks to be aware of?

    Thank you.

  • dberry01 Feb 09, 2009

    i have same problem i am no novice ,,(i install xp regular on pc and laptops) it just will not let me install xp saying that it is not compatible with this laptop 5315,, how do i get past that one ???

  • Terrence Hyden May 11, 2010

    I can walk you through it...

    do you have a copy of windows XP with a valid serial key?


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Put XP cdrom in, power back off.... Reboot the laptop holding down the F12 key (this will take you to your Boot Device Choices Menu)... From this window, select to boot from cdrom and press ok/ don't take your eyes off the screen, it will ask you very quickly if you want to boot from cdrom and to press any key... When you see this, quickly press Any key..... Your Windows XP cdrom will begin setup...
At the first Screen it stops at, You will choose ESC to continue installing XP, Then Press ENTER to agree to thier terms, Then press F8, then Once you get to the screen that shows your Hard Drive Partitions, Delete the Main Drive Partition ,do this by selecting it, and pressing D, then L, then Enter....... then Press Enter again to start the XP Setup on that selected Partiton... It will then format the drive and install XP..

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    Garry Romaneo Feb 06, 2009

    Your model acer has the same drivers as alot of the other acer models.. mainly the aspire and ferrari drivers.... I own 5 Acers and As well Repair Acers on a weekly basis... The main driver to look for and install once windows xp is installed is the ethernet or WiFi driver/and controller..

    Once you get one or the other, you can open your device manager in windows and double click on each of the other missing drivers and choose to let windows search the internet for a compatable driver... this will narrow your missing drivers down to either none or just one or two left to get from the website...


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You need to download and burn the files on a CD or put on a Pin drive.

After installing windows XP, you will need to install all the XP drivers for that model.

Go to the manufacturers website, download all the chipset, bios,audio,network drivers, and video drivers they have for XP and Install them after installing windows XP.

Installing XP requires you to boot from the install CD, partition the Hard drive in the windows install. Then install, It will reboot after it finishes and restart, go into more installing and when its done, you should be able to go into windows wher you are going to start installing all those drivers.

Start with the Mother board chipsets and then the video , the audio and network.

After you get all those, run windows updates to get everything up to date. Then you can start installing other software like MS office and whatever else.

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    Chris Busch Feb 06, 2009

    I would be sure to back up all your imnportant files.

    If your system is Vista and your going to XP, it should install faster than the timer states. I can install XP on my system in about 15 minutes and have all the drivers in another 15.

    There will be alot of rebooting involved once you start installing drivers.

    Also, If you have another compuiter or laptop available, that would be good in case you have to get online and get more drivers.

    other than that, thers not much else.


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