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Please help! (acer aspire 3680 problem starting?)

When i turn it on it says reboot then shows the start up for windows xp but it used to be vista. then theres a blue screen and it it says check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed; if problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware. disable bios memory potions such as caching or shadowing.
idk what this means i didnt install anything and theres nothing connected how do i reboot it?! also i dont have the CD it came with..

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Hit Shift and F11 to do a restore

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