Ubuntu is better to use than windows anything... just saying, from a security standpoint. it is much harder to get any viruses. you have open source freedom to change the os in any way you like, your system never slows down noticeably and you never have driver issues. Ubuntu (or rather any linux flavor) is truly the best way to go.
Sure - it's possible. I'm running XP now on a 4315 that had that ridiculous Ubuntu thing loaded on to it. You need to change the hard-drive status in bios. There's only two options - change it to the other. Then pop in your XP disc you cheerfully purchased and you're on your way to a system that actually works.
Sorry to not be more specific but a friend did it for me and it was like magic. I can categorically confirm it can be done.
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Re: pre installed ubuntu linux software
It appears to be possible, but only for Vista, here is the link to the Acer driver page for this model. you could try XP, but chances are that some or all of the drivers would not work. the manufacturers of the individual components in your Acer may have drivers for XP, that would require some extensive searching to find them. the actual installation of XP is a simple matter of inserting your XP disk, re-booting your computer and follow the screens till you get to the screen that allows you to re-format your hard drive; that will remove Ubuntu, then proceed with the installation. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS UNLESS YOU ARE SURE YOU HAVE THE NECESSARY DRIVERS!!! If you wish a search for the drivers, please write back.
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The limited information that you have given is very difficult to diagnose a problem with, if you are looking for a solution the more information you supply will give a better opportunity for a diagnosis or possibly a solution to your problem so if you give us more information we can try to give you a better informed solution.
However if your machine does not have any pre-installed software you will have to purchase a operating system for starters. If it has an operating system ie. Microsoft XP or Linux or Windows seven but no applications then you will have to purchase and install these.
If you do not have an operating system I suggest you try asking a friend to download ubuntu and try that it is free
You can install the previous version of Windows - this is Windows XP or you can install the latest version of Windows - this is Windows 7. You can install a Linux operating system such as Ubuntu or Red Hat Google search for Linux operating systems to download Linux freeware program.
do you want to make a dual-boot system? you must have installed windows OS first and leave a non-partitioned drive in your hard Disk. Then you can install Ubuntu next, instaling it to the non-partitioned drive. When the PC boots, you will be prompted to what OS to boot.
Anyway, you can Install Windows XP in any free Drive. But it is dangerous since Windows Installer might destroy your Ubuntu installation files.
The particular model of Asus is apparently pre-loaded with Xandros Linux operating system.
It appears that you are not familiar with Linux and hence the apprehension and feeling that a shift to XP would be easier.
Why not give Linux a try ? There are a good many websites out there which go through the basics of using a Linux PC. Try them out, by spending some time in learning - you will get far more satisfaction and become more productive in using your laptop.
Some websites which might be of assistance to you are listed below:-
Linux XP has had several reports of problems with activation. Your best bet would be to contact their technical support. Or switch to one of the completely FREE Linux distros. Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint linux, Dream Linux, Mandriva, Knoppix. Are just a few that offer the same simple install interface and hardware support.
Linux XP is a free linux distro that charges you for pre-installing applications like "Wine" that run windows based apps. Wine itself is also free and can be installed on any linux distro.
i don;t know what "mercerexpression PL5C* " is but u can install windows xp on it, and ofecourse any linux distribution(ubuntu, opensuse, mandriva ...etc...) on any PC hardware ! (except windows-xp where there are some restrictions(do to lack of support) ... that can be passed ussualy, but is not the case for u;re hardware, XP will install).