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Upgrade Support for Windows Vista®

You can now upgrade your Windows® XP-based PC to Windows Vista®if you've purchased an Acer Windows Vista®Capable PC. Acer has worked closely with Microsoft® to ensure that the Windows® XP-based desktop or notebook PC you bought can run Windows Vista®. This support site will guide you through the upgrade process and answer your questions about upgrading a Windows Vista®Capable PC, the minimum system requirements, and the upgrade options.

Good Reasons to Upgrade

Windows Vista®is the next generation of Microsoft® Windows® operating systems, designed to enhance the functionality of your Acer desktop or notebook PC and grace you with a richer, better computing experience -- at home and at work.
Windows Vista features superb PC innovations, including:

  • Improved security and protection from harmful software with Windows® Defender and User Account Control (UAC)
  • Increased stability and reliability
  • Better search and organization tools, including Instant Search
  • Easy-to-use management and self-diagnostics
  • Parental controls

For more information about Windows Vista®...

A Windows Vista® Capable PC must meet the following requirements:

  • A modern CPU (at least 800 MHz)
    512 MB or more of system memory (RAM)
    A graphics processing unit (GPU) capable of running Microsoft® DirectX® 9


A PC designated as Windows Vista® Premium Ready meets the minimum requirements for Home Premium, Ultimate, Business, or Enterprise edition of Windows Vista®. A "Windows Vista® Premium Ready" PC provides an even better Windows Vista® experience, including use of Windows® Aero™, although features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista®, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, may require additional hardware.

A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • A graphics processor that runs Windows® Aero™
    Supports Microsoft® DirectX® 9 graphics with a WDDM (Windows Vista® Display Driver Model) driver, Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel
  • 128 MB of graphics memory
  • 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space
  • External or internal DVD-ROM drive
  • Audio output capability
  • Internet access capability


Check Your Windows® XP-based Acer PC Before Upgrading

With an upgrade to Windows Vista®, your PC will provide great new features and functionality and should work with the next generation of applications, devices and peripherals.

Watch for Windows® XP-based Acer PCs carrying the Windows Vista® Capable logo
To help you identify Windows Vista® Capable PCs, Windows®XP-based Acer PCs that meet the minimum system requirements carry the Windows Vista® Capable logo.

Not all Windows Vista® features are available for use on all Windows Vista® Capable PCs. All Windows Vista® Capable PCs will run the core experiences of Windows Vista®, such as innovations in organizing and finding information; security; and reliability. Some features available in premium editions of Windows Vista® -- like the new Windows® Aero™ user interface -- require advanced or additional hardware. Check for details.

Windows Vista® Capable PCs come with Windows® XP installed, and can be upgraded to Windows Vista®. You must purchase the Windows Vista®operating system in order to upgrade. For more information on Windows Vista® please visit:

To find out which of Acer's latest PCs are Windows Vista® Capable and/or Windows Vista® Premium Ready, please click here.


Windows Vista® Technical FAQ

To upgrade to Windows Vista®, you may have to change the configuration or some system settings. After upgrading to Windows Vista®, you may encounter usage problems for some applications and drivers. For OS-related questions and issues, refer to the Windows Vista® technical FAQ. Please click here.


Download Support for Acer BIOS, Drivers and Applications (Windows Vista®)

  1. To download the required BIOS, drivers and applications for your Windows Vista® upgrade, please jump to your local Acer webpage:

  2. To purchase an Acer upgrade DVD, please contact your regional Acer call center (link to Acer's call center). You may be responsible for material, transportation and handling costs.

Microsoft®, Windows®, and Windows Vista® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

With respect to the upgrade software available during the designated redemption period, Acer Incorporated provides the software "as is," and hereby disclaims all warranties and conditions, express, implied or statutory, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. All information contained on this webpage, specifically regarding the designated redemption period and the availability of the upgrade program, is subject to Microsoft®’s respective upgrade policies and periodical updates. Please refer to Acer Incorporated will not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or process disclosed, nor represent that its use will not infringe privately owned rights.


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