No! Don't do it!!
@porty, I think you'd better not try dumping that Vista from your laptop, no matter how sucky Vista Basic is (everybody knows that by now)...
The reason? I tried doing that with my Acer TravelMate 3274WXMi running Windows Vista Business 32-bit (by deleting the partition holding my Vista and re-creating a NTFS partition for Windows XP Pro SP2) and I got myself into DEEP S**T
(that's just all that went through my mind during that time)...
Here's what actually happened:
I use my Windows XP Pro CD to delete the Vista partition and create one for Win XP.
I allow the Win XP CD to format the partition and install Win XP Pro SP2.Immediately
after the first few configuration stages and upon hitting the Welcome Screen, *BAM*!!!BSOD
I tried my luck and rebooted the laptop a few times, the furthest I managed to go was to reach the desktop before I hear the crappy Windows XP error sound and get myself a BSOD...
I tried booting into Safe Mode, which I pulled off successfully, but I was still unable to fix that major problem...
So, I thought, "What the heck, I'll just go right ahead and hit Alt + F10 in the BIOS to get my Vista back." (that keystroke is SUPPOSED to initiate Acer eRecovery in a WinPE environment in a hidden partition on your hard drive)BUT
Just my luck, I hit those buttons and nothing happened!
The laptop just continued to boot into Windows XP (BSOD-ing in the process).
Puzzled, I use another comp to head on over to Acer's website and stumble upon an article about eRecovery.
According to them, eRecovery
(including the Alt + F10 keystrokes in the BIOS stage) WILL CEASE TO FUNCTION IF ACER ERECOVERY MANAGEMENT AND/OR ACER EMPOWERING TECHNOLOGY TOOLBAR IS REMOVED.
In my case, deleting the Vista partition had effectively disabled my backup plan!!
(I'll post the link here later on when I find it...)
Solution? I'm a bit sly here,
, I use my Windows XP CD to delete any trace of my Windows XP on the HDD (deleting the Win XP partition), go over to Acer to claim my warranty that the HDD/OS had failed to boot...
And I got my problem fixed for free!! (and back to good ol' ... no, wait, bad
Your mileage may vary... I can only wish you luck....
Edit: here's the link http://www.acerpanam.com/synapse/for...=7117&areaid=2
Edit 2: DAMMIT!! Acer has removed the article that I read about Alt + F10 not being able to function after Acer eRecovery Management and/or Acer eRecovery Management is removed from the Hard Drive!! The link posted just above still works though, but it is rather vague...