Installing XP is not as simple as people might think. There are a lot of things you need to know about computers to actually do it. Besides the technical side, the computer maker, in your case ACER, may not even have drivers for XP related to your particular laptop model. Many manufactures decided not to create drivers for models that are natively loaded with Vista, so your machine may have to stay on Vista. Although some Vista drivers will work with XP (and visa-versa), not all will, so you cannot simply install Vista drivers and expect your computer to run in XP.
The first step you have to take is to contact ACER to see if your model can run XP. You can do this by visiting the ACER website and looking up your model, or calling their help line. If your model can run XP, then the manufacture may even be so kind as to supply you with an ACER XP disc. Call them and talk to them... you never know! ;-)
If in fact, you are able to get the drivers (or an Acer XP disc), the next thing you should do is see if you can have someone install XP for you... preferrably someone with "high" compentency in regards to computers. If you have a friend who can do it, then fine, or you may have to pay someone to do it for you.
There may also be a "legality" issue with installing XP using a disc from your old computer... not to mention that the disk may not even install as it most likely came from a different OEM. A lot of OEMs also have their own specific drivers on the XP disk, so it may very well just refuse to work once it discovers the computer is different.
The best advice I can give you ... call ACER.
Edited by makai, 04 November 2008 - 05:04 PM.