Windows vista was uninstalled from my acer 4920 and replaced with XP. Now I want to re-install windows vista premium but the installation terminates with an error message while 'expanding files'. What do I do?
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you can install win xp ... as a second os ,,, or you can uninstall win7 and install a fresh copy of xp ,,, but you may need a copy of xp with ahci drivers included or else you'll get ( can't find any hard disc ) message ... win7 don't support upgrading or downgrading from another windows version (vista,ex...etc ) or to another version ...
the ERecovery Service?
Acer Computers there is a floating toolbar on the desktop called the
Acer Empowering Technology program. Within this program there is the
ERecovery Service that allows a user to create backup operating system
disks, create a backup of the current system, and more. This is a very
handy feature because in many cases the computer does not come with a
set of backup disks.
The icon for the ERecovery service looks like this one:
If you dont see this icon on the Empowering Technology bar then the
application is not installed and will not be available.
to Open ERecovery Service
are three ways to access the ERecovery Service.
ALT-F10 when the computer is first turned on. If you see the Windows XP
or Vista splash screen you've waited too long and will have to shut the
computer down and try it again.
the ERecovery Service icon on the Acer floating toolbar and click it.
on Start, All Programs, Acer Empowering Technology, and click on the
icon for Acer ERecovery Management.
from Vista to XP - "ERecovery Service is Not Available"
On many Acer models, the computer is preinstalled with Windows Vista,
but it comes with a set of Windows XP Professional disks that allow you
to uninstall Vista and reinstall Windows XP. Unfortunately, the hidden
partition (PQService) that enables the ERecovery feature remains with a
Windows Vista image. So, after the reinstallation of Windows XP, the
Erecovery service is not available and you'll see a screen similar to
the one below when you try to access it from within Windows.
can still access the ERecovery Service using the Alt-F10 trick when the
computer first starting booting, but you'll be disappointed to see the
Windows Vista OS instead of Windows XP. Dont proceed with the ERecovery
at this point unless you want to restore the system back to Vista.
You may find the detailed steps to install the Windows Operating System from the link below:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows/help/install-reinstall-uninstall The link has the information to install Windows(XP, Vista and Windows 7) Operating Systems. Hope this helps.
As with all laptops parts are sourced from different manufacturers. Laptops had to be certified for WIN 7. Some ACERs laptop models are, but if the model wasnt certified for the WIN 7 platform they would not have developed a driver for your model. After checking ACER did NOT certify this unit as Windows 7 Compatibile due to driver incompatibilities. You can either downgrade to Windows Vista.. which will require a full reformat of drive (WIN 7 doesnt just uninstall) and reinstall from fresh VISTA.. so be sure and save your data. Or you can determine who makes the webcam in teh notebook and see if the manufacturer has a direct driver..OR FINALLY.. you could load the Vista driver and then go into the webcam software you use and right click and say run in "Windows vista" or "Windows XP" compatible mode. Be sure and keep looking at ACER to see if they state your system can go to Win 7 at a later date as sometime manufacturers will make drivers available which could change its status.
You cannot uninstall Windows Vista,
but you can reinstall your previous operating system, which then
replaces Windows Vista. To reinstall
your old operating system, you must have the original installation
disc. Back up your programs and files, insert the installation disc into
your computer, and then reinstall the old operating system. To regain
the hard disk space used by Windows Vista,
reformat the disk during the reinstallation process. After reinstalling
your previous operating system, reinstall your programs and files.
More information is here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978788
You may want to consider upgrading rather than downgrading.