How to install WIndows 7 on your old Acer laptop

Some proof that this really is my old PC

Hi… ok here it goes…

Dont know what certain things mean? Check the links at the end.

One thing before I go. You’ll have to give up your Empowering technology and recovery partition. For me, Empowering technology is very annoying for me as it’s glued to the desktop and I can’t take it away.

1a. If your model has XP on it, make sure you get the Vista BIOS for the model you have. This will enable full SATA support and therefore faster bootup.  See step 6 for how to find the drivers page

1b. Scan through your Programs and Features to try and find the driver that your webcam* uses.

*. Some models don’t have a webcam. You can add one if you want by buying a top half that has the webcam. Then do the nessary stuff to add it in. Figure out the driver your webcam uses, and then you know the rest

2. Install Windows 7(if your copy requires special steps, do so)

3. Windows initial setup(OOBE, Out Of Box Experience)

4. At the desktop, be greeted with no Aero and low resolution. Windows Update shall fix that. Reboot.

5. Once you see full resolution on LCD, it's safe to enable Aero.

5. Once you see full resolution on LCD, it's safe to enable Aero.

5. Once you see full resolution on LCD, it’s safe to enable Aero.

6. Go search for “Acer (your model) drivers” and click the link that points to the Acer website, We will be downloading the Vista drivers. For me it’s “Acer 5050 drivers”

7. We need the following drivers:

  • Webcam*
  • Launch manager**
  • Ene card reader*#
  • Synaptics touchpad(Don’t ask why, unless you dont want touchpad gestures)

**. This enables the blue Fn keys on the keyboard, the front Wi-Fi and Bluetooth switches and those 4 quick buttons but you can use Windows+(number keys) to launch apps. Note that the sound control does not work. Use Windows+P in place of Fn+F5. Use 3rvx to control the sound and eject the DVD drive. The key shortcuts I use:

  • Control+Shift…
  • Volume control:
    • Up arrow
    • Down arrow
    • F8(mute)
  • Delete ejects the DVD drive

*#. The card reader is the slot above the CardBus slot, if you haven’t known.

8. Let's install the Launch Manager!

8. Let's install the Launch Manager!

8a. Go click "setup.exe". Setup is very easy.

8a. Go click "setup.exe". Setup is very easy.

Just click ok.
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Do not reboot! Save time! If you are reading this blog post guide through a translator, just click the button opposite of the highlighted one at the end of the setup.
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8b. Install the driver. Just follow the two photos below.
Open control panel, search for "device" then click where the blue mouse is clicking

Open control panel, search for "device" then click where the blue mouse is clicking

I’ve already installed the drivers, but where the green arrow is pointing there should be a “Standard PS/2 keyboard” or something like that.

Then click the button where the black arrow is pointing “Update driver”. Click to update manually and point it to the folder from 4 pics behind.

9. Install the card reader driver. Just click setup.exe, install and reboot.

10. Done! Any questions? Comments section please

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4 responses to “How to install WIndows 7 on your old Acer laptop

  1. Pingback: Acer AS7739Z-4469 17.3-Inch Laptop (Mesh Gray)

  2. dishonngai@ymail.com 24/05/2013 at 6:14pm

    I would like to know how to install window in acer laptop

    • kbhasi 30/05/2013 at 11:18pm

      Please provide details. You want to install a WINDOW in your Acer laptop? Which model? I don’t think it’s possible.

  3. Lorena 24/12/2014 at 2:49pm

    bookmarked!!, I love your blog!

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