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Installing XP/downgrading from Vista

I have Vista installed on my laptop that I just bought 1/31/08, and I do not like Vista. I managed to find a copy of XP Home Edition--one of the last retail copies there is available, at Wal-Mart recently. I am not able to install it! I have formatted a partition to the C: for XP to install to, but yet when I put the disk in and click install, it tells me that it's not able to be installed. I have an Acer Aspire 5315 laptop..... Please help!

Thank you!
Linda

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  • driftersgal Apr 09, 2008

    There lies another problem I'm having! When I originally made a new partition to install XP into, I thought I had changed the CD drive boot letter (making the new partition D:\\, and then the CD drive like E:\\, ok?). Well, when I've gone to rename the CD drive D:\\, that letter is unavailable! I'm not able to boot from the CD drive to install XP, starting from BIOS. What can I do to correct this? Thank you for your help!

  • frankee May 11, 2010

    My niece, a colleg student was given an Acer Aspire 5315-2153 from a student who dropped out of class and she wants to change the OS from Vista to XPsp2.

    She emailed me as she knew that I had done this with my Acer Travelmate 2480-2153 which came with Vista however I knew that when I bought it that the Staples store techie would for $25 do a Vista recovery disc for me for the future and would install XPsp2 which was done and the unit hums along.

    I have an OEM XPsp2 that I bought as a spare for my Acer and it is sealed and I also have a sealed M$ Office 2003 which she also wants to install.

    Is such an install possible?

    She is a student and on limited income and I would intend to help her pay to get this done, however the computer stores that she has gone into don't seem knowledgeable let alone interested in helping with her dilemma.



    I am simply wondering if I am misleading her on what she wants to do b/c of what I had done to my Travelmate when I bought it...bearing in mind that a student who quit the course that they shared simply left her the notebook b/c of arrears rent owed.

    I indeed would appreciate your comments as soon as possible. Thank you for your time.

    BTW I am in Western Canada and she is in Quebec.


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You can not install under windows environment if it is a down grade. i thought maybe that is how you are doing because you said when you click intall...?? you have to boot your XP home from the cd drive and there you follow the instructions on how you wanted it installed. in XP series, you only get to use the mouse when windows is almost ready for intallation. but initial setup is in DOS mode only.

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  • Redentor Rivera Apr 09, 2008

    i dont think your aspire is set to boot first on your CD. dont look at the drive letters because it is your hard disk that is assigned with drive letters. try to find in your bios setting the CD or DVD drive to boot first. as soon as the CD boots then you will see the drive and ask which one you want to install. but you know i suggest that you delete all partitions now and i too am getting confused why you have a lot of partitions. you need at least 2 partitions only C/D. reboot your system again on CD drive and your win setup will show you the unpartitioned space. just create a new partition and giving it the size you want. create and then format as required. then install your XP. let mw know when you're done so you can create your second parition, under windows environment this time.

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