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Help with my daughters Laptop ;-(

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Hi, my daughter has an Acer laptop with Vista. Its soooo slow. I want to know how to wipe it clean and start again. I have an XP disc which came with my Fujitsu Siemens Laptop - could I use this on my daughters Acer?

Idiot proof replies pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaase! ;-)
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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Boot to the Windows CD (you may have to go into the BIOS to change to CD booting first, instead of harddrive. Press F2 or Del or whatever key it says to push when the computer starts up. "Press <> to enter Setup").

The CD will run, and come up with a screen that says something to the effect "Windows License. F8 agree//Esc Disagree" Press F8 and some options will come up (or perhaps the options come up before the license, but whatever, you get the point). You'll have the option to Install or Repair Windows. Choose to install it.

Windows will now prompt you for which partition to use. Highlight the large partition (sometimes there's a small like 3gb partition for factory settings), and press L to delete. You now freed up some space.

Now select the free space you just cleared. Windows will prompt you how to format it. You can choose NTFS (quick) or NTFS. Since you had a bunch of stuff on the computer, choose NTFS. This might take a few hours to fully format the drive.

Windows will then automatically install. Just follow the prompts. It will ask you to create the user accounts, etc. Windows takes about 20-40 min to install once the harddrive formatting is done.
#2
how much memory is in it
#3
uninstall all those programs she installed if she is anything like mine and buy some more memort for it.
#4
electriclinux
Boot to the Windows CD (you may have to go into the BIOS to change to CD booting first, instead of harddrive. Press F2 or Del or whatever key it says to push when the computer starts up. "Press <> to enter Setup").

The CD will run, and come up with a screen that says something to the effect "Windows License. F8 agree//Esc Disagree" Press F8 and some options will come up (or perhaps the options come up before the license, but whatever, you get the point). You'll have the option to Install or Repair Windows. Choose to install it.

Windows will now prompt you for which partition to use. Highlight the large partition (sometimes there's a small like 3gb partition for factory settings), and press L to delete. You now freed up some space.

Now select the free space you just cleared. Windows will prompt you how to format it. You can choose NTFS (quick) or NTFS. Since you had a bunch of stuff on the computer, choose NTFS. This might take a few hours to fully format the drive.

Windows will then automatically install. Just follow the prompts. It will ask you to create the user accounts, etc. Windows takes about 20-40 min to install once the harddrive formatting is done.


Great thanks - Can I use the XP disc from the other laptop? (Rep coming your way!)
#5
ianshona
Great thanks - Can I use the XP disc from the other laptop? (Rep coming your way!)

Yes.
#6
wickedteen
how much memory is in it


intel celeron M processor 520
1.6ghz 533mhz fsb 1 mb l2 cache
512mb ddr2
80gb hdd
#7
ianshona
Great thanks - Can I use the XP disc from the other laptop? (Rep coming your way!)


I would NOT follow these instruction to go back to XP (in fact I would not go back to XP at all).

The instructions given are for an install of Windows from the "proper" Windows disk, but your disk may be a recovery CD and work totally differently.

Also, for a laptop to work properly it needs DRIVERS that need to be installed AFTER the operating system has been installed.

The drivers will make the hardware components in your laptop work (graphics, sound, network etc).

If you DONT install these drivers then some components in your laptop wont work (or work to a much lower quality level).

However you CANT use Vista drivers in XP, and the XP disk you have will probably NOT include drivers for your daughters laptop. It may even be that no XP drivers were ever written for your laptop

So that is the first reason for not going back to XP.

The second reason is that when you install an operating system (like XP or Vista) you need to put in a key code (often on the bottom of your laptop), like E155Z-44G5Y-99UTY and so on.

The one on the bottom of your daughters laptop will be for Vista and will not work in XP. You will have one on YOUR laptop for XP, but as you are already using it it cannot be used again (or Windows will stop working).

Note also going DOWN a level of Windows is difficult. If it is a "proper" Windows disk I doubt the XP install will let you install on top of Vista (it may if it is a recovery disk).

So all in all, going back to XP is NOT a great idea.

As has been suggested, far better to add more memory to your laptop.
#8
ianshona
intel celeron M processor 520
1.6ghz 533mhz fsb 1 mb l2 cache
512mb ddr2
80gb hdd


No wonder it is slow on Vista. Most people say at least 1Gb, maybe even 2Gb is needed for Vista.

See my append above for reasons NOT to go back to XP.
#9
ianshona
Great thanks - Can I use the XP disc from the other laptop? (Rep coming your way!)


Maybe not.

If the disk is a RESTORE disk (as oppsed to the "proper" Windows disk), then it will have a prebuilt image for you laptop only (with built in drivers etc).

If you try to install it on your daughters laptop it will probably not work (wrong drivers etc).

In fact if it is a different make it may not even let the install begin.
#10
you need to check how much memory the laptop can take and i would put the most in it, also being a celeron its gonna be quite slow anyway
banned#11
ianshona;7936296
intel celeron M processor 520
1.6ghz 533mhz fsb 1 mb l2 cache
512mb ddr2
80gb hdd

wow! no wonder its slow running vista. Must be a pretty old laptop.

xp may work assuming it is not an OEM disk tied to the fujitsu lappy

vista is probably on a partiotion on the existing hard drive so just reinstall it and put at least 1GB of RAM in it
#12
How is windows 7 for laptops?
#13
ianshona
intel celeron M processor 520
1.6ghz 533mhz fsb 1 mb l2 cache
512mb ddr2
80gb hdd


With that spec it will struggle running vista and i would be surprised if it came with vista installed in the first place,If you check the COA sticker on the laptop and it is an XP COA you can download or borrow a copy of XP and install it and use that COA number,
#14
tonyg1962
With that spec it will struggle running vista and i would be surprised if it came with vista installed in the first place,If you check the COA sticker on the laptop and it is an XP COA you can download or borrow a copy of XP and install it and use that COA number,


Yeah it did - Aspire 5310. I bought 2 for both my kids xmas present (dec 2008). They hardly use them as so slow. It takes this memory

200 Pin SO DIMM DDR2 PC2-5300 667MHz

advice on the cheapest place to get it from would be appreciated:thumbsup:
#15
dcx_badass
I challenge you to find a single piece of hardware that does not work with windows xp.

Apart from early scanners made by trust I would agree with you that and the laptop below

One of the many laptops I have had the pleasure of installing an operating system on

An Acer Aspire laptop that came with Vista They hated vista and wanted what was on their desktop PC.

XP seemed to have installed and worked no problem however just before giving them back the Laptop I did my final test of playing an mp3 and using the wirless network at the same time as using a usb2 port to see if there was any stutter and how mcuh slow down and there was but it even did it without the network etc being used no amount of work could get the sound to work as intended when used even by itself.

Basic sound (dings, clicks etc)seemed to work. However when playing mp3 , wav etc the sound would go into a stutter mode then play fine then stutter "repeat to fade"
Using standard drivers, all versions of the driver were the same (In vista using the same driver it was fine)

Xp was installed twice with 2 different Hals to avoid IRQ issues and still the same I have never see any hardware like this not work under XP. Acer tech department said it was not compatible with XP (I laughed when they told me this and thought bull but I can say it definately would not work under XP but was fine under vista) It should still have worked under XP and I still really cannot say why it did not.

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