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I have a ace 3690. I had to wipe ou the hard drive and the alt+f10 function will not work. I bought a copy of windows xp media center and when it gets to 94% it comes up with cant find all the dll files. when i restart it if says i have to start all over again and load windows. I have all the drivers i need on another disk but it wil not let me load them either. is it the dvd cd rom that is not seeing the files or how do i get around this to get the systme running again. Roger

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    JDTec May 11, 2010

    Usually when the OS will not install, it is due to a ram memory problem. I would start diagnosing from there.

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You need the Acer restore CD. If you don't have it call Acer and they can supply you with one. Costs about $20. It's probably looking for a specific driver file. If you didn't reformat the hard drive then it's looking at the current configuration to load device drivers. You will need to reformat the drive before reinstalling windows. if you need data from the hard drive you can pull it out and get an external case for it and access it through another PC that way.

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