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Well without losing ur data or paying ACER support u cant. The average cost to reload and format ur PC should be about $75 near same for ACER support but they most likely have a backdoor over ride password to get past yours. I know Microsoft does and that is another support service u can use. Microsoft made XP and all OS systems after pretty secure. Dont fall for the password crackers u will most likely get something u really dont want while trying to download them.
You can purchase any OS you want to run on your Aspire 3000 notebook. You need to make sure that you have enough RAM (minimum necessary specs are on the packaging of the OS) to run some of the OS's available, most notably Vista and Windows 7, I'm sure you could run XP without a problem if you so wanted. You can buy any windows OS from any computer/office store such as staples, however I would recommend buying from amazon or some other online store to get a better deal. please rate my solution
first off, is this a laptop you bought brand new? if so it should have a current OS on it, im thinking Vista, in this case you are going to have a problem removing it if you want to use XP or Linux. But you can use the Virtual PC program to run any other OS you want without having to remove Vista.
I have a friend who has an Acer Aspire 5315 running Vista and it was pretty slow right out of the box with 1gb of ram. I upgraded his Ram to 2gb and it ran moderatly faster and smoother. Vista is a demanding OS because it's so graphical in nature. Windows Vista requires more ram then XP plus a better CPU to run smoothly. His had a 1.6ghz Celeron which is not that great of a CPU to begin with but uping your ram will usually up your performance a few degrees. Be careful with cheap ram it can run hot and unstable. Make sure go with a name brand PNY, Corsair, Kingston, etc. Don't just buy House ram (generic) because it's cheap. It's not worth wasting your money on junk ram.
What matter here is not the brand of laptop or pc you have. What you've just encountered is the compatibility of its software on your OS and to other Media software. so you should decide which is more convenient for you to use then install it, but be very careful, make sure that your OS will support it, otherwise you are just installing a trouble on your pc or laptops.