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I have an older Acer computer and need to reformat the hard drive and install new software. I can not get into set up mode to change the boot order. Can you help

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To change the boot order insert the os disc reboot the computer
and keep tapping on esc key continously ull get the boot order window ...

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  • 2 reformat-dell-laptop-1.2-800x800.jpg Older flavors of Windows include a bootable floppy Set the boot order on the laptop. This tells the computer the order that it looks for a bootable disc. The default is the C: drive, but this can be changed by holding down the Delete key while booting the computer. If you're using a floppy, which is common with early versions of Windows, select the A: drive. If you're using the CD or DVD, then select that drive (usually the D: drive) by using the up and down arrow keys. Save your preference and exit.
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  • 5 reformat-dell-laptop-1.5-800x800.jpg Disk image utility Follow the prompts during the installation and after rebooting it. Use the restore CD to install any additional drivers and utilities. Run the Windows updates, and if you're planning on keeping the computer (or assigning it to another user), then install any necessary applications and data files, and configure the preferences, email and printers.

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