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ACER vista installation problem

by nurcapkan / September 22, 2008 7:40 PM PDT

I have to reinstall Vista or XP_ to my ACER 9520 laptop but erecovery managemnet does not work and the dvd driver also does not work. I could not find any solution anyone have an idea? I cannot open even in safe mode.

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Did you mean the DVD drive?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 22, 2008 10:02 PM PDT

I just restored a few acers over the last month. I had the DVDs created from eRecovery so I put the first disk in and booted from that (I had the stock BIOS settings where it boots from the DVD drive.) It installed just fine.

If you have failed hardware you'll have to fix that first as that must work to install Vista.

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From Vista to XP without reformatting?
by Jaynanny2 / September 26, 2008 5:18 AM PDT

If I clean my hard drive with a Duplicator program of all of Vista's operating system can I then install Windows XP OS without deleting all my other applications/programs.
I have:
Dell Inspiron 531
AMD64x2 dual
Memory2.00 GB
Available 660MBSystem Type X86
288.04 GB
512 Bytes/Sector
3 Partions
Thanks for any help rec. with deep appreication, Jean in TN

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No. That won't work.
by Kees Bakker / September 26, 2008 5:22 AM PDT

You'll have to start ALL over.


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Well, jeanswaf?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 26, 2008 7:07 AM PDT

Posting your email in the clear just collects more spam.

But the answer is no. To date there are 2 ways to install XP. So far I've had the best luck using the one out of Redmond.

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It might be possible, but no...
by nexionsd / September 26, 2008 9:47 AM PDT

Yes, vista wont taint programs installed in Program Files, but you will have to kill a few directories that windows installs there. Killing the OS directory is also required, but before you do this process you have to copy your data out of the user directories. They have extensive permissions attached that will no longer be linked to a particular account and could be protected from Admin. Now with all that done, if any of those installed programs put DLLs into the OS folder you have to copy those out as well. Next some apps require entries in the registry. You'll have to copy those values out (hellish) or simply reinstall the programs. This could take more then a day to do.

Alternatively you can copy off your data on to a USB disk. Reformat the drive, install the OS, install the applications and copy your data back all in a few hours typically.

Really, you have to be highly motivated to do what you want, and even then you should expect issues.

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