Quote: Originally Posted by oceanmaster
Please tell us what is problematic after installing Windows 7 on that laptop! thanks
Hi guys.. new here. I noticed this thread has been left 'hanging' so thought if i could add something to it (after a complete year
). I have an Acer Aspire 4315 with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 installed. (Actually, over a time, I have installed almost every OS on my laptop ranging from Kubuntu to Mac OS X Snow Leopard.) And let me assure you that I have had no problems what so ever with the OS. Even the AERO effects are as smooth as silk. The only thing i have added extra is 2GB RAM.
If you guys want to install Windows 7 please go ahead. I can give you some tips that will help you extract even more juice from the OS:
Do a fresh install. You cannot upgrade XP. (Even if you could.. i would still recommend a fresh install.)
Format your hard drive. Keep no more than two partitions. NTFS is optimized for large partitions. I have 2 partitions of 50% each + Windows 7 reserved partition.
Very important: enable AHCI for your SATA drives from the bios BEFORE you install Windows 7. This will have the OS use the AHCI interface which is faster and more efficient.
It is always a better option to increase the RAM on your laptop. If you don't.. trust me you will want to after installation. (You can use rapidboost as well but that is a temporary solution)
Although Windows 7 will install most of the drivers
, it is still recommended to update the default drivers. Especially the AHCI drivers. (Acer Vista drivers work fine with Windows 7 - You can get them from acer-europe site)
Unlike XP, Microsoft does not provide a Tweak UI or BootVis for Windows 7 (yet). So I had to search a lot of websites to tweak the system. I guess now that I have found this site, that search ends.
I'm sure you guys knew most of this but this was my two cents worth.
I hope this will help some of the people using this laptop to venture to Windows 7.