Hello Gregrocker, Thank you so much for your expert excellent advice- Bless you!
I am relieved my update disc will serve as a recovery/boot disc. I will print up your advice (and what I have received from others) because I won’t have access to the internet when working on the laptop so I need to make sure I am absolutely clear in all that I need to do.
Please pardon my total ignorance, but I am unsure ‘how to do’ some of the tech things you mention.
1)How do I gather these ‘program disk installers’ and what exactly are they? Do you mean the programs that are pre-installed on my computer? I have listed right at the bottom the programs that are pre-installed. Is it these that I have to somehow collect and store on an external HDD because they won’t be included on Win 7, i.e. NTI CD/DVD Maker – if so how do I do this please?
2)The term ‘Boot’ – is this when I insert the update disc, then turn off the computer and then turn on again? Will this load the CD’s next phase automatically or do I have to press an ‘F’ key to activate it?
3)Will the screen guide me thru when I click ‘custom install’ & ‘driver advance’, ‘partitions’ & ‘format’ etc..? Is it clear instructions so that ‘I’ the novice will understand it?
4)In my update kit, I received another disc with Acer drivers on them BUT these were for models 2930 and not 2920
– how do I view the disc to see if its the drivers I need? Or should I download from Acer before the clean install? Acer refuse to tell me the difference of a 2930 & a 2920.
1A) Here’s the list of pre-installed programs – not sure what they all do, but if you could tell me what is vital for my laptop to work properly this would be fantastic!
NTI Backup Now! 4.7 – New Tech Info Systems
NTI CD & DVD Maker Platinum 7 – New Tech Info Systems
Power Producer – Cyberlink Corp
Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
Realtek USB 2.0 Card Reader
Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
Microsoft Visual C
Intel R TV Wizzard – Intel Corp
Intel R Matrix Storage System
Intel R Graphics Media Accelerator Driver
Java (TM) 6 update 15 – Sun Microsystems
Agere Systems HDA Modem
Also:- Are these the sort of drivers you were speaking about that I need to save – if so, how do I do this? DISC DRIVES
Generic-multi-card USB driver
WDC WD2500BEVS-22USTO ATA Device DVD/CD-ROM DRIVES
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T4ON ATA Device
IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers NETWORK ADAPTORS
Broadcom.netlink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet
Intel (R) Pro/Wireless 3945ABG Network Communications KEYBOARDS
Launch Manager (Acer)
Thanks again – you have so brightened my day and restored my faith in humanity!
Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
Thanks to MS, manufacturers had to include a clean copy DVD of Windows 7 in the Upgrade Kit. We have two Acer kits here, and successfully booted the DVD to do a Custom install with formatting. This is vastly superior to an in-place Upgrade which imports all of the corruption of the worst OS ever into the best OS yet.
Any favorite apps can be found on the CD included in the kit. Others are on the Acer Support Downloads page for your computer model. I would not rely on Acer tech support for these install issues as I find them to be greatly lacking. You can get the support you need here.
Back up your files first to an external source. Gather any program disk/installers you need.
When you boot the Windows 7 DVD, it will scan the HD to see the former OS and allow use of the Upgrade key on the insert in your Kit. Then select Custom install, and use Drive tools (advanced) to delete all partitions (the recovery partition is disabled anyway), create new one(s) as you wish, then format all and install Windows 7 to the first partition.
The DVD Is driver-complete, with newer arriving in Windows Updates. ANy drivers missing in Device Manager can be found on the Apps CD in the Kit, along with favorite apps. Adobe Reader/flash and Java runtime/Free Open Ofc are available at their sites.
Going through this still puts you ahead because those buying new Windows 7 computers are forced to live with corrupting factory bloatware (which is corrupting your in-place Upgrade now) with no clean-copy DVD to reinstall, just bloated factory recovery disks. Acer will send you a free set within 90 days of purchase if you want to have them on hand, but you'll never likely need them and can reinstall Vista from any Vista DVD.