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1. if not too late, before you do anything, create the restore DVD disk
using Acer's utility
before you attempt anything. this way you will have the option to go back to
vista anytime.

2. if you insists on going back to xp, you will either
a- slipstream the xp install disk with the drivers required like people
- and install the usual way
b- create the floppy for sata driver
- start install with xp
- add the other drivers from floppy or external drive when xp is
installation is done
- note you don't need audio, usb nor lan to get xp installed
most of the time the basic video drive will get you by until xp
install is done
- do install security software before connecting to internet to apply

If you all you want is the flexibity of have D; data drive, you can after
creating the restore disk, boot form the restore disk, and do custom vista

and you can have then be able to choose say 50 to 60 GB for C: the OS, the
rest for your data drive D:

you can also make vista to behave like winxp if you prefer. However with
powerful pc CPU and gpu ( experience rating of 4.5 is adequate), I found
vista is easier for me to get any applications running or selected from a
number running apps.

and if you do like to run very large number of apps or do you some fancy
photo editing, 64 bit vista with 4 or more GB of ram works far better than

Also studies have show vista has lower infection rate by malware then xp

"Bill" <frog(a)> wrote in message
> I have an Acer Aspire L3600 mini PC, a great little second PC but for the
> fact that it came with Vista Home Premium pre-installed in a "hidden" part
> of 'D'. It has a built in facility where 'C' can be wiped completely
> and restored to its factory default condition, data etc on 'D' hopefully
> being untouched.
> I don't like Vista much and would prefer to install my full retail version
> of Win XP on this PC. I don't mind giving up Vista completely.
> Acer's support is OK as far as it goes but they make it clear that they do
> NOT recommend this course of action ,saying that they do not support
> downgrading the unit with anything other than what came pre-installed on
> machine. They warn of the risk of "product failure".
> If the 'downgrade ' to Win XP can technically be done I'm willing to take
> the risk but need a bit more help on the mechanics of doing it. I have
> installed OSs on other PCs from scratch but this process, i.e. totally
> removing a pre-installed OS which is in some hidden and protected part of
> the hard drive, appears to be rather more involved and I'm way out of my
> comfort zone! I need help and advice.
> Acer say that to run XP I will need to create a bootable disk with SATA
> drivers otherwise Windows will not detect the hard drive when the CD is
> I think I've tracked these down on their download site, at least in the
> driver download section these were the only ones to show up.
> What's come up are a total of 6 for Chipset, Audio, Lan, Modem, VGA and
> Wireless Lan. Each one is in a zipped folder.
> Out of interest I compared these to the drivers listed for the
> version of Vista. The chipset version number is identical to the XP
> but the others have different version numbers and there is a additional TV
> driver for Vista Home Premium (the L3600 is media centre enabled).
> So,
> 1. Are these 6 drivers in fact the SATA drivers Acer are referring to?
> 2. How do I create the bootable disk they refer to. When I've
> an OS in the past I've used a floppy which was inserted early during the
> install process when prompted to do so. I don't recall there
> 6 separate drivers though.
> I have an external floppy disk drive and wonder whether this could
> used in this case? If not can anyone tell me how to do it and what the
> procedure is when installing XP.
> 3. Is the removal of the pre-installed material simply a question of
> formatting the entire hard drive? I thought of abandoning the idea of
> having two partitions, 'C' and 'D' and, on this PC, using external drives
> for all data storage.
> 4. Is there anything else of which I should be aware?
> Regards,
> Bill

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