I have an Acer Aspire 5710 and have recently downgraded (although the performance is upgraded) to Windows XPx64 from Vista. I believe I have installed all of the original drivers (they weren't particularly easy to find I might add and if it wasn't for web blogs, I would be in a pickle) Everything is fine except for two things:
1) My resolution is stuck on basic and Acer's (incompetant) technical support team say that they can't help. I have tried to download the correct driver for my 15.4" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite LCD but windows will not let me install it.
2) My DVD RW drive can read and play DVD's and CD's but I can't burn anything to disk.
Please can someone help me on this, it's causing me much stress.
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Of course you can. The only concern would be drivers, but all drivers that exist for Vista exist for XP as well. Just go to Acer's download page (link) and download all necessary drivers before you downgrade. (this is especially important for your Chipset and LAN drivers, so you have them handy when you reinstall.
The site is a little it confusing, but after you chose "Desktop -> Aspire -> Aspire T180", you will see a small drop-down menu, where you can choose your operating system and your language.
If you have any more questions, just come back here and leave a comment - I'm happy to help.
do not downgrade, if you don't have WIndows XP software.
you can not dowgrade Vista to Windows XP.
copy all the data from your computer and store it on a DVD or CD.
inssert the WIndows XP, reformat and install, (just following the instruction on screen).
you can upgrade from WIndows XP to Vista, not the other way around.
if you bought your computer with VISTA installed...check your computer if compatible to xp downgrade. if not you have the find every single manufacturer of you pc parts and go to their website to find the xp driver for the part and model number.
here are the parts you need to verify the model and part number
Its a driver incompatibility issue. Many hardware components designed for Vista are incompatible with XP. This means that the Realtek audio driver may be the Vista version. Also, some hardware has of yet no XP drivers, so your audio components were designed for Vista only. While it may be possible to "force" the driver to work, it may involve a number of hacks to the Windows registry and other files.
Well yes you can install windows xp without the FDD. But it will be best to first gather all the XP compatible drivers for your Acer Aspire T650 at this link http://global.acer.com/support/index.htm before beginning to downgrade your operating system, burn all your XP drivers into a Disk backup your personal file. Then you can begin the installation.
First and foremost before you try to downgrade your OS from Vista to XP make sure that you can find a working device driver for your laptop, if you check your manufacturer's website(Acer) see if they have XP drivers for your device because I had some clients that are having problem trying to make some of their device work(built in webcam, ethernet, wi-fi, sound) when they downgraded to XP for faster processing.
If you have all the Windows XP drivers for your PC, then it is not a problem to downgrade to Vista, although i will not advise downgrading, as Microsoft mentioned that they are only going to release the last Service Pack for XP, then there will be no more Service Packs for XP, and only Support for Vista.