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I have an acer aspire 5315. i want to change my os from vista to xp, is this possible and how can i do it?

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  • ein801766228 Apr 21, 2008

    Thanks basic doesn't work with this low spec notebook and i wanted to transfer XP from my old laptop so now i'm happy that i can..i will try out the method suggested have been very helpful. Thanks.



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Hi there,
yes this is possible ... but i must say its a bit tricky ...u will need to follow my steps closely .....if you have not tried to do this your self already...

first download your drivers:-
Open this PDF with Acer Drivers:

I recommend installing drivers in this order:

  1. Realtek HD Audio Driver
  2. Intel Chipset Driver
  3. Intel Graphics Driver
  4. Atheros WiFi Driver
  5. Broadcom Ethernet Driver
  6. Launch Manager
  7. Touchpad Driver
  8. Acer Empowering Framework
  9. Acer ePower Management

Now the hard part:-

CD burner Method:- this method is a bit advanced but will get u going, and intended for those of you who no longer have floppy drives of any kind. Or at least none of the USB kind.

First download and install nLite.
(Requires .NET Framework 2.0, you’ve probably already got that, but if nLite won’t run, download the .NET Framework)

Now download and extract the slipstream drivers to a folder like C:\Drivers-temp\

Insert your WinXP install disk, cancel out of the autorun if it pops up. Start up nLite, click next on the splash screen. Tell it where your CD is. It will ask you to tell it where to cache the files at. You can just use a folder like C:\XP-temp\ for that.

On the “Presets” screen, click Next again. Now click on the “Drivers” button, as well as the “Bootable ISO” button, then click “Next”

On the “Drivers” screen, click “Insert”, then “Multiple Driver Folder”. Point nLite to the location where you extracted the slipstream drivers, such as C:\Drivers-temp\ and then click OK.

On the “Select multiple drivers to integrate” window you’ll need to highlight the path at the top (such as C:\Drivers-temp\) by clicking on it once, then click “OK”.

On the “Driver Integration Options” window under “Textmode integration options” highlight the whole list by clicking once on the top item, then shift-clicking once on the bottom item. With that list still highlighted, click “OK” at the bottom.

Back on the “Drivers” screen, click “Next”. The “Apply Changes:” dialog should pop up, asking if you really want to start the process. Click “Yes”.

After the processing completes, you’ll need to click “Next”, at which point you’ll be taken to the final screen.

On the “Bootable ISO” screen, change the “Mode” drop down menu from “Create Image” to “Direct Burn”. Eject your WinXP disk, and insert a blank disk into your burner. For safety’s sake, put a check mark next to “Verify”.
Finally, click Burn.

Congratulations, you now have a proper install disk for the Acer 5315-2153.

Now you’ll need to boot your laptop from that disk. In order to be able to boot from the CD, we’ll first need to make a couple of quick changes in the notebook’s BIOS.

Modifying the BIOS Settings:-

Shut the notebook completely down. Now turn it back on, and as soon as the Acer screen comes up, hit the “F2′ key to enter the BIOS. Navigate to the second page of the BIOS (titled “Main”) by pressing the right arrow key.

You may wish to turn of “Network Boot” by selecting it with your arrow keys and hitting enter, then changing it to disabled. This is often used in a cluster-lab environment, and for normal users only slows down your boot process.

You must now turn on the F12 Boot Menu by selecting it with your arrow keys, hitting Enter, and changing it to “Enabled”
Now switch to the “Exit” page, and hit Enter to “Exit Saving Changes”. The BIOS will ask you to confirm, tell it “Yes”.
Now the notebook will reboot, and you must hit F12 to boot from your CD.

On the “Boot Manager” screen, chose the second option which should be an ATAPI drive, such as a DVD-RW or CD-RW, highlight it with your arrow keys and press Enter.

After it gets started, windows installer will ask you where you’d like to install Windows XP to: follow the prompts to delete all the current partitions, then follow the prompts to create a new partition, and install Windows XP to that. You can chose the “Quick Format” to speed things up.

Follow the rest of the prompts to windows in the usual fashion.

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Looks like a nice tut to do it.

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