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I have an acer aspire 3000 running xp home. I recently installed an xp professional which came with my pc and I thought it would go on any computer. Now the acer can't install any updates which I think is due to the xp pro. I want to reinstall the original discs that came with the acer but can't seem to. Is there any way I can do this without losing data on the acer or do I have to completely format the drive and start again.

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  • incesu Oct 28, 2007

    Thats Brilliant. Thanks for the info. Never formatted a hard drive before. Do you think you can explain in plain english how to do it. I have the manual here which explains and I can follow that. Just wondering if you can explain easier. I do have a C and D drive

  • incesu Nov 03, 2007

    Thanks. This problem has now been sorted thanks to you. I'm now installing the wireless network. The disc only detects wired connection and wants to connect via this. I've done this before but can't remember how to change it to detect the wireless connection. I know you get two picture boxes up checking the connections and you click on the picture for the wireless connection but can't remember how to get to this

  • Anonymous Feb 02, 2009

    i have a simlair problem... i cant load windows back on my laptop. it says F2 to system or F12 to muitpule boot. how ever it takes ages to for this to load.

  • lunnyboy Feb 02, 2009

    I HAVE SAME PROBLEM HOWEVER i aint to good with computers but can tell you that it turns on and only acer screen comes on.... it says F2 and F12 multi boot and takes a decade to load. please help as its likew a zombie

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I'm afraid, you can't install XP home over XP Pro; it could be done the other way around. you'll have to  backup your important files then format your drive and restart from scratch.

if you have 2 partitionon in your HD e.g C: and D:
you can copy all your important files in the D:\ drive and just format and install XP home in the C:\ drive. 

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    James Louie Puro Oct 29, 2007

    I'll try..:) but i suggestion looking in your manual also.

    1. Backup your important files in the D: drive.

    2. To install Windows XP start by starting the computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM, insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

    3. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.

    4. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.

    6.    Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP, this would be you C:\ drive.

    7.    Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup.

    i hope you understand the instructions...not too good in english. :)

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