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Vista downgrade to xp

Am trying to downgrade to windows xp from vista on an Acer Aspire L320 and when tring to install xp can't see hard disk, asked acer for drivers and they insist there aren't any, any suggestions as it must be possible to do this

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  • Anonymous Dec 12, 2007

    actually tried to wipe clean to instal vista ultimate, same issue no hard disk was found. This seems to be acer releasing hardware but deliberately "pocketing" the drivers away from us.

    Anyone with a solution?

  • kingfishr122 Sep 05, 2008

    Hello, I'm using toshiba l300 and has preloaded vista home, when i downgrade to xp sp2, has an error during cd formatting, it says "no hard drive found". can you please help me.

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    downgrading from window 8 to window 7 ultimate



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Error during initialization:
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No there aren't any drivers, but the problem you will have is that the bios is updated to suit Vista and installing XP will cause problems with components in the notebook.

My advice is to keep Vista if you havent already uninstalled the operating system, but you will notice that your hard disk has two partitions, install XP on the other partition and have a dual boot notebook, if you have uninstalled then lend a friends copy of Vista and use your own instalation product key code on the underside of your notebook and re install.

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