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I just got a new acer computer from best buy and i dindn't see any windows vista program disks in the box? where are they. i got a new computer i paid for the software i want the software just in case i ever have to reinstall it. thanks bob

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Most companies these days put all the programs and backups onto a separate partition of your hard drive to cut costs. You still have the software and the company usually provides a way to burn the backups to disc, but you don't get one with your computer. I believe you can also contact Acer and request a disk, but most software you get, will be trial software, so it won't really matter in the first place.

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