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-right click on my computer, select properties -move to the advanced tab -under 'startup and recovery' select settings -in the new dialog box you have a couple of options: -if you wish to leave DOS on the machine, but not see the option screen you can simply set the 'time to display list of operating systems:' to 0 as winXP should now be ur default OS -if the removal of dos is your goal, then click edit -first save a copy of the notepad file which opens 'boot.ini' just incase you make a mistake -now there will be a lines similar to:
[boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
*There will also be a line for dos here under [operating systems] something like 'multi(1)disk(0)partition(#).....' -check that your default line points to XP, as it does above -now erase the line with the other OS, in this case DOS 7.1 ie. 'multi(1)' NOTE *the entire line may be more than one line in notepad* -save the file -then you are free to erase the folder associated with the erased OS NOTE *if a mistake was made, you may wish to do this as the last step* -reboot your system and its done.
-upon any mistakes load into either DOS or XP, etc which ever is easiest (or still remaining on your system) -copy the old boot.ini over the modified one, and try again -good luck
Then you need to contact Acer tech support and request a recovery disk. I'm not sure how you could have erased your software, but for a fee, I'm sure they will provide it to you.