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Basically windows will not start, no operating system--unable to install from CD--goes half way through then stops--unable to format-- basically it will not do anything

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You have a hard drive problem. You need a new hard drive. Period. Good luck.

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Your system windows (Operating System) was corrupt, so you have two option in your hand first you should format your PC and install the new window (Operating System) & second you repair you old windows(OS) if you have windows CD then try this link to repair & format PC. if you chose first option then you all data will delete, & repair window your data will not delete.

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Good day. I bought this Netbook with Windows 7 installed. I need to format and reload Windows XP as I have software that I need to use that only works with XP, I have an external "USB CD Drive"...

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Installing the external CD Player...
You will go and start up and install Windows XP by doing he following:
Plug in your external CD drive, and let windows install it into the system...
Once the CD is ready to go, shut down the computer.
You will first need to format your hard drive, I will give you instructions on how to do that.

1...To format your hard drive and install XP:
To set you computer back to factory fresh settings you will need to format the hard drive and install the XP operating system and the drivers.

1.Format the hard drive:
You do this by double left clicking on "My Computer",then double left click the main drive (normally C drive).
When the window pops open, you will choose "Format"
Keep in mind that once you format your hard drive you will loose all your files,programs,pictures,etc that you installed since the computer was new.
So make your back up on a portable hard drive,thumb drive,etc.
2. Once the formatting of the hard drive is complete you will need to install the XP operating system along with the drivers.
You will now insert the CD's into your external CD player starting with #1 first and continuing until all has been installed.
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Hi My Acer Netbook cant seem to start windows, i have tried going through all the safe modes, and it wont even get to that! It starts to load windows but then everhthing just goes blank!

Your netbook may have been infected by a virus and has stopped your computer from working.
If you can boot up with the Windows installation CD and do a repair then it may get your computer operating again.
If not you need to boot up with the Windows installation CD, then delete the existing partition, create a new partition and format the hard disk (not a quick format), then complete the Windows installation.
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Download the device drivers from the Acer WEB site. Makesure you select the model of your laptop the drivers you that require thatmatches the Windows version that is installed on your laptop. Use this link toget to the Acer support: -

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You need to be careful with this. Formatting your laptop means several different things:

1) You'll lose all data on the drive being formatted, so make backups...
2) After formatting you'll need to install the drivers for your system. Make sure you have all the necessary drivers before you do the format. This will include the driver CD you may/may not have received with your computer.

If you do not have the drivers, you can download it from Toshiba's site here:
Click me (Click the "downloads" tab to view all downloads - then select your operating system you want to install in the drop-down above the downloads)

3) If you format you lose all the software installed on your operating system. Check that you have all the installers of software currently installed on your laptop. If you don't, it should be relatively easy to find them by doing a quick google search.

Now that that's out of the way, here's how to format:

1) Insert the windows CD you want to install. Restart your machine and boot from the CD (do this by pressing F12 while the laptop starts up and choose your CD-Rom when prompted). You'll need to 'press a key to boot from CD' as well after this selection.

2) Follow the steps of your installation until you're asked where to install windows. For example in Windows 7/Vista a box is displayed where all your drives are "Drive Options" at the bottom-right and click format drive. Make sure you have the correct drive selected in the box. In the case of Windows XP you'll select a drive in a DOS-like interface and press enter. Then you choose one of the options in the following screen(s) that would format the drive. (basically any option besides leaving the drive as is).

4) Follow the rest of the installation and let Windows complete installation.

5) Once the installation is done, and you've booted into windows, you need to install all the drivers and software you use. Start by installing the drivers (one by one) and following the instruction by each installation. Then install your software.

Good Luck,


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