Reformatting Acer Aspire Pre-loaded OS

Acer / Aspire am1200-e1521a
April 20, 2010 at 14:29:35
Specs: Windows Vista
Hey, I've got an Acer that has a preloaded Vista OS in it. I'm having concerns about reformatting the computer.
I know some companies are hard ***es when it comes to putting a new OS on their desktops.
Does this model of Acer computers usually have a fail safe against reformatting?
I'm looking to put Windows XP on this computer, but I'm not sure if I'll end up having to buy recovery discs for vista.
So is it possible to safely put Windows XP on it. If XP is not compatible what about reformatting with a copy of Windows 7? Will it work without any driver problems?

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#1
April 20, 2010 at 14:45:05
I have never encountered a machine that has a "failsafe" against formatting.

I would just google it and see what you come up with but I don't expect you'll find anything. Pop in a new windows cd, format the drive, create a new volume, install windows. Done.


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#2
April 20, 2010 at 14:56:06
Hmm, Alright. I'm just concerned about drivers for XP, I'll try windows 7. Thanks.

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#3
April 20, 2010 at 15:13:15
... drivers: http://support.acer-euro.com/driver...

... does your acer have a vista recovery partition?

... if so it might be worth copying it to dvd before you hose it!

http://www.todo-backup.com/download/

... perhaps there is an option to make a recovery dvd in your vista programs listing!

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#4
April 20, 2010 at 15:29:41
Yeah there are two partitions, one called ACER the other called DATA. Both are fairly large.
There does not seem to be any recovery partitions. Unless the DATA partition contains it. I'll have to check next time I'm there.

Thanks for the help!


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#5
April 21, 2010 at 00:19:52
... go to Run (Windows key + R) and type diskmgmt.msc

... on Acer computers, there are generally three partitions on the hard drive, the hidden PQService partition that holds the recovery information for the hard drive, the main partition (Acer), and a data partition (AcerData)

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#6
April 21, 2010 at 09:00:36
Aha! Great! Thanks!

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#7
April 21, 2010 at 09:04:53
... you should still be able to leave the recovery partition "intack" and still install xp into "main partition (Acer)" partition after formating that partition (Acer).

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#8
April 21, 2010 at 09:09:46
Hmm,right right, just in case XP doesnt work.
I think I'll go with Windows 7 anyway and try to keep the recovery partition. I don't think the Acer drivers support XP on this model anyway.
Nice, thanks!

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#9
April 21, 2010 at 09:20:25
... "okey-doke"

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