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Lost os it seems that i have lost my operating system, windows vista home basic from my drives. the system can not perform system restore and my system did not come with a back up disk. it was bought new at christmas and should still have some factory warranty. any advice?

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Contact acer, they may supply you with new cds or you may have to pay for them.

let me know if you need anything else.
Thanks,
Ekse

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

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No, you won't get the OS to automatically install on the new drive. The OS is not stored in the BIOS chip (or a similar permanent location inside the computer). You will need an OS install disc (not an upgrade disc). Windows Vista Home Premium or Basic was the original OS on most of the Acer Aspire 4530 series. Acer appears to have drivers for the system for XP through Windows 7 to get the hardware to work. You will need to have these most of these ready before you install your OS. Put them on a flash drive or optical disc using another computer.

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Welcome to FixYa! How are you doing?

Yes, you are right. It looks like that you need to replace the hard drive but I suggest that you try to reinstall the operating system of your computer using the OS cd that came with your computer or you can also try to use pc restore (built-in recovery).

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You did not specify the operating system of your computer, whether windows xp, vista, or windows 7.

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If you are using windows vista or windows 7, PLEASE CLICK HERE to see how to perform PC Restore.

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Maybe your Built-in CD/DVD cannot read or access your OS.
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Windows Vista Home Basic
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Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, and Windows Vista Ultimate
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Note A Windows Aero-capable graphics card is a graphics card that meets the following requirements:
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If your computer is compatible follow directions below.

Option 1
loadTOCNode(3, 'summary'); To perform a clean installation of Windows Vista from the current version of Windows on the computer, follow these steps:
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  2. Insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive and then close the drive tray. Wait a moment for the Setup program to start automatically.
  3. If the Setup program does not start automatically, follow these steps:
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    2. Type Drive:\setup.exe and then click OK.

      Note Drive is the drive letter of the computer’s DVD drive.
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If Windows Vista is now running on your computer, you have completed the installation successfully.

OR
loadTOCNode(3, 'summary');
Option 2
Note for the option below The computer must be configured to start from the DVD drive.

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  3. Restart the computer.
  4. When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press a key.
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If Windows Vista is now running on your computer, you have completed the installation successfully.


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