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getting new Windows for computer w/out dvd disk drive

by BCRAIG08 / May 18, 2010 11:10 PM PDT

I have a small ACER 8+" solid state drive without a dvd drive and it's acting a bit strange, I'd like to reformat the drive and re-install Windows but don't know how to go about downloading a legal copy of Windows. The unit has a Windows key code sticker. Where do I start?
Thanks for any help.

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Where to start.
by Kees Bakker / May 18, 2010 11:23 PM PDT

In a hardware shop. You buy a external DVD-drive.

Then you find your recovery DVD (and driver DVD if necessary), connect the DVD-drive to a USB-port, set the BIOS to boot from the DVD-drive, put the DVD in the drive and reboot.

Acer might have put a recovery parttion on the solid state drive. If that's present it's easier, because you can boot from that to go back to factory settings. I don't know, you do.


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Typical recovery modes
by Willy / May 18, 2010 11:57 PM PDT

Open, "my computer" icon and notice what drives are present. if you see two, then the other is probably a hidden partition for recovery data. Now, if capable, locate a back-up or generate recovery discs routine. You will then need an ext. burner to burn them. Also, if recovery area is present, then that alone can restore the original status, but be sure to have any drivers available fore your model#, just in case. Acer support does provide that process, using the "F" keys in some manner. Otherwise, goto Acer support and locate your model# and navigate for recovery discs ordering. Of course, you still need an ext. drive to use those discs.

tada -----Willy Happy

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