Acer – Upgrade to Vista

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In spite of hearing all the negative feedback on Windows Vista I am still very keen on upgrading my Acer laptop from XP to Vista. I had tried the Beta version of Vista on the laptop and worked pretty well.

I got my Acer 1690 laptop in the first quarter of 2006 and wasn’t aware that Acer was running a upgrade program for vista.

Acer’s Express Upgrade to Windows Vistaâ„¢ offer lets you enjoy all the benefits of Windows Vistaâ„¢ on your Acer computer. Any Acer Windows Vistaâ„¢ Capable or Windows Vistaâ„¢ Premium Ready PC bought between October 26, 2006 and March 15, 2007 includes an Express Upgrade to Windows Vistaâ„¢ option that presents you with the great innovations of Windows Vistaâ„¢.

Acer is providing the upgrade at a pretty reasonable price. A upgrade from Windows XP home to Windows Vista home costs 66$ and an upgrade to Windows Vista Premium will cost 96$. Acer is providing its customers with a vista upgrade DVD(along with drivers for the supported models) but it looks like its applicable to users who have bought PC after Oct 26 2006.

Why are the other customers left out ?

Acer India doesn’t seem to provide any information on the upgrade except to linking to the global acer site for vista related queries !!

Does anybody know how to upgrade Acer laptop to vista ? I have shot this query to the Acer support;meanwhile if anybody has inputs on this please let me know.

5 comments… add one

  • Andrew Apr 16, 2007

    although I got this when they first come out, I have since aquired a copy of vista that I’m running on it, I did not get vista from acer, it’s a retail version, I am finding problems with the drivers, this was installed before acer supplyed the drivers on their web site, my biggest problem now is with the ati radon x700 drivers as they will not update, I did a clean install not an upgrade

  • Venu Apr 16, 2007

    Andrew,
    I don’t remember properly but when I installed the beta version, I guess I had no trouble with the X700 card. Don’t remember exactly though.

    ATI website doesnt seem to provide these driver, the are pointing to get it from the notebook vendors.

    What is the nature of the problem with the X700 card. I am planning to upgrade to vista some time this month.

  • Andrew Apr 16, 2007

    as you know that opengl is not included in with the vista drivers, well there is now drivers on the acer web site, but when I try to use them, the catalyst control center install but the drivers fail, trying to find out about this problem has been a night mere, ati site is just as bad as they don’t support the mobile section, most contact manufacture instead, how did you go with xp and the intel drivers for the wireless

  • Venu Apr 16, 2007

    Andrew,
    Regarding OpenGL drivers check if this link is of any use
    http://www2.ati.com/relnotes/catalyst_73_release_notes.html

  • Andrew Apr 16, 2007

    now any good, it only says that the card is supported, sill need to get the drivers from acer to work

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