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Make sure to download NIC drivers and save to pen drive or disc. Check HP site. Then you can install any OS if you don't have the recovery disc. Companies usually don't offer full downloads of recovery software.
Have you tried while in Windows, to use the Start Menu, find Acer on the All Programs list, and locate the recovery utility? I have an Acer laptop - an Aspire - and had to do exactly that. I used the built-in recovery routine on the Acer Laptop and was able to rebuild my laptop to the condition of when it just came out of the box, brand new.It will delete all your installations since you got it, applications and documents and photos, etc., will be gone, but your laptop will function as if brand new. Good luck with it. -a.
First, using a flathead screwdriver, carefully pry up the strip of plastic between the top of your keyboard and the screen. There will be some screws holding the keyboard on, get them out of there. Slide the keyboard away from you slightly and then up. Remove the ribbon connector on the motherboard that is from the keyboard, and set it aside. The bios battery will be attached to the motherboard and should be in view.
try using a WINDOWS ME edition startup floppy disc. I had good results with this version. I can send if you want. This will allow disc access to investigate the problem. You will still have XP on disc.