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I received my new purchase of the Acer Aspire XC600 today. This machine comes with Windows 8 preinstalled, but for various reasons I do not want to use Windows 8, and instead my own licensed copy of Windows 7 x64 Professional. I had checked the Acer forums and support site to see if there were any reported reasons that the XC600 would not work with Windows 7 and for drivers. I could find plenty of drivers and no reason it should not work. So I purchased the box.
Unfortunately, the windows 7 install hangs in the same place every time (using safe mode this is on/after loading "disk.sys").
After doing some general searching of the internet for this problem, I have made changes to the BIOS to put the SATA in IDE mode and disabling non-essential peripherals such as the sound system.
I also disconnected all devices except for the keyboard, mouse and monitor.
To no avail however, the install still hangs in exactly the same place.
I think its reasonable to assume it is a problem with the disk system but have very few BIOS settings to change other than what I have already done. I cannot reach the point during Windows install where I can add my own drivers. There is also some indication that the systems that come with Windows 8 pre-installed have different BIOS to those with Windows 7.
I think I can safely rule out any hardware problems; not only is the system new but the Windows 8 pre-install does seem to work without problems.
Has anyone else seen this problem, managed to do this successfully or have any other suggestions of things I could try? I would be very disappointed to have to return this unit if I can't use Windows 7!
Many thanks in advance.