Vista Recovery - No CD

November 10, 2008 at 20:43:30
Specs: Vista Basic, Celeron Core Duo / 1gb


Just got the ACER Aspire 5315-2639 from Micro Center ($379). It came with Vista Home Basic and of course a BUNCH of preloaded CRAP. I want to reinstall the OS right off the bat. It didn't come with a Vista CD. How do I reinstall? Is it Alt+F10 at boot? I don't have the laptop with me, otherwise I would try.

Is there any way to downgrade back to XP?? Like, does Vista include XP, or if I install my Retail Upgrade copy of XP, would it work?

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November 11, 2008 at 06:12:46

Search Google for:

acer hidden partition recovery

If you want to go back to XP, make sure that the motherboard drivers are available first.

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November 11, 2008 at 08:11:36

Vista does not include XP & you can't run an upgrade copy of XP on a Vista machine with the intent to downgrade to XP.

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November 11, 2008 at 09:04:12

Thanks for the info. I guess I will just go and reinstall the vista os than. Do you know if it is ALT+F10 to get to the recovery? Will it give me the option to NOT install the bloatware?

Also, - I guess the only way to put XP on is to buy a fresh copy because I doubt my FULL install will work using the Vista key. Man, I wish MS would let you downgrade

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November 11, 2008 at 13:57:20

You might want to first try the link from response #2 to remove the bloatware on your machine, no need to wipe & reload the machine if it's not necessary.

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