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You can tell any program in Windows 7 to run in Windows98 compatible mode. The standard format on windows2000 was fat32 Windows7 should run it but try to right click on the opening program and run it in 98 compatible mode. If not then XP mode Windows XP would run in either format fat32 or NTFS.
The specifications of your computer are top of the line and can handle different applications and soft ware. Based on the hardware specs you've posted this should support Windows 7. But keep in mind that some of your hardware components may need be compatible w/ Windows 7 ( like bluetooth, camera, lan adapter, or wlan). In other words they don't have software driver that is compatible w/ Windows 7.
Also, based on Acer's support site: http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/desktop/0000/Acer/AspireM5100/AspireM5100sp2.shtml
This are the only Operating Systems that this model supports:
Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 Windows Vista™ Home Premium Windows Vista™ Home Basic
If your machine was new and came with Vista pre-installed, you'll need to purchase Windows XP (assuming you do not already have your old Windows XP CD).
Once you've got the XP CD, you can pop it in and install XP if you do not want Vista.