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Want to wipe Linux O/S and install Windows Xp on Aspire one Z5G (A110L) can this be done?

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  • JT18 Dec 21, 2008

    Thanks, thought along that line but wasnt sure if the model would have issues, namely with the drivers

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Yes. All you need to do is reformat your hdd then install Windows.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008

  • Roy Lonsinger
    Roy Lonsinger Dec 21, 2008

    Windows will automatically connect to the internet during installation if you allow it in order to find updates & drivers. Good luck.

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