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Want to change from Windows Vista to Win XP ALSO need battery

Hi!  This has probably been discussed, but I didn't see it in a quick search through, so I'll try again.

 

I recently purchased an Acer Aspire 3680-2682 laptop.  I've had no problems with the computer itself however it came with Windows Vista, which I don't particularly like, and I am not using any of the special features of.  I would much rather revert the computer to Windows XP since I'm comfortable with it and since most of the software I own and use is not Vista compatible.

 

I do own a licensed copy of XP, however I need to know the steps for changing the system over, as well as any issues I need to watch out for.  On that line, if I find that the XP is not going to be a viable solution, what would I need to do to bring the computer back to where it started (no recovery CD was included, it has the built in recovery system).

 

An additional question, I'm trying to find a higher capacity battery than the 2000 mAH that came with the laptop, but keep having compatibility problems when I do a search using the computer model number.  Any advice or (even better) a battery model number for a high capacity I can search for.  The one I have is a 14.8 V battery and most I'm finding are 12 V, which makes this more difficult.  Any help in locating the correct battery would also be appreciated

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If you have two partitions on your harddrive, try installing XP on the other partition, the option will come up when you use the installation disk, but be aware that downgrades don't always work as the bios version may not allow the xp system to run.

 

I have XP and Vista on my Acer but it came with XP and i installed Vista on a seperate partition, both of which work fine, you may have to use a vista installation disc to format the other partition as it may have a system back up hidden in the partition.

 

As for the battery, it is a difficult process with batteries as some motherboards will not recognise certain batteries so i would leave the battery alone and worry about getting your XP copy on line.

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