Solved Installing windows 7 on Acer Aspire V7-581PG

February 5, 2014 at 03:57:06
Specs: Windows 8, i7/12gb
I just bought an Acer Aspire V7-581PG, It comes pre-loaded with Windows8, and frankly I'm having a terrible time with it.

I already have a genuine windows7 install CD and product key.

Is it possible to do a clean install of win7 on my machine? Where would i find all the drivers as the Acer website only has them for Win8.

Another question, If i decide to change back to Win8 after having done the clean install of Win7, how would i proceed?

Thanks! :)


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February 5, 2014 at 12:12:12
Note also that there are roomers about the old start menu coming back in April:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2070...

You could use Classic Shell for the time being then see what MS come up with later. Here's another possible interim measure which requires no additional program:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorial...

Remember also that you can pop all your required shortcuts onto the desktop - I grouped mine to suit my own situation and ended up with less than I had with XP. If you are happy with folders, files and shortcuts then you can google to find the rest.

Windows 8.1 runs very well and is claimed to be more secure than previous operating systems.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 5, 2014 at 06:53:08
If Acer do not have Windows 7 drivers for that model, you cannot run Windows 7 on it since Acer is the only source of drivers for their own brand of laptops.

The last part of your post (how to go back to Windows 8) is therefore irrelevant in your case.

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February 5, 2014 at 08:50:56
Just keep Win8 & install Classic Shell: http://www.classicshell.net/

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February 5, 2014 at 09:47:56
As phil22 suggests, there's no certainty your Acer will run Windows 7.
I seem to remember another poster who tried to do this and ran into trouble.

Also - I'm not sure if it would invalidate your guarantee.

Which aspects are you struggling with?

Maybe the best way forward is to follow riider's suggestion, or get to know Win8.

Yours is the touch-screen model? If so, I can't help on that score. Win8 is so popular (not)I don't know anyone else with a Win 8 PC, never mind a 'touch' model.
However, stick with it and you'll get used to it quickly enough.

Using the Start screen can be a PIA especially if it's a daft, full-screen app, such as IE.
Easier to get all the usual shortcuts placed on the desktop/Taskbar, as with Windows of old and to use a handful of common keyboard shortcuts.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/...


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February 5, 2014 at 12:12:12
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Note also that there are roomers about the old start menu coming back in April:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2070...

You could use Classic Shell for the time being then see what MS come up with later. Here's another possible interim measure which requires no additional program:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorial...

Remember also that you can pop all your required shortcuts onto the desktop - I grouped mine to suit my own situation and ended up with less than I had with XP. If you are happy with folders, files and shortcuts then you can google to find the rest.

Windows 8.1 runs very well and is claimed to be more secure than previous operating systems.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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March 15, 2014 at 14:03:41
Hi. Another solution is to use a virtual machine program to install a virtual computer inside your own windows 8 operating system. That VM can run w7
. Oracle offer a free app called virtual box I believe.

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