How to Install Windows XP on an Acer Aspire M1641

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How to Install Windows XP on an Acer Aspire M1641
You have to downgrade from Windows Vista to get XP on your Acer Aspire M1641. (computer image by Michele goglio from

The Acer Aspire M1641 is a desktop computer that comes pre-installed with the Windows Vista Home Premium operating system. If you are not a fan of the Windows Vista operating system, you can downgrade to the Windows XP operating system. Since Windows XP was never installed on the Acer Aspire M1641, you can only install Windows XP on the computer if you have a full copy installation disk. This means that you will not have to reformat the hard drive and can just downgrade to XP without reformatting.

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Things you need

  • Windows XP installation disk

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  1. 1

    Back up your data with Vista's Backup and Restore Center, which is found in the "Maintenance" folder from the "All Programs" option of the "Start" menu, just in case you have any problems. This is your safety fall back so that you can restore the computer to the way it is now if you have any problems.

  2. 2

    Insert your Windows XP installation disk and reboot your computer. When you get the message on your screen asking if you want to boot from the disk, press the spacebar to boot from the disk.

  3. 3

    Press the "R" button for "Recovery" when the Windows XP set-up screen appears.

  4. 4

    Enter "1" on the screen that asks you to choose a Windows installation. Press "Enter." Key in the administrator password if you are asked for one.

  5. 5

    Wait for the Recovery Console command prompt to appear on your screen. Then key in commands using the following sequence:



    cd ren windows winvista


  6. 6

    Reboot the computer from the Windows XP installation disk again. This will start the normal Windows XP installation. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the install.

Tips and warnings

  • You will need to reinstall all your applications and move your saved files. The data will be on the hard drive, but you need to move it to the appropriate location.

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