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Need Help. with Format

By rodis2001
Oct 22, 2006
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  1. Hi, i just joined the community because i have a problem
    I have an Acer Aspire 5670 Notebook and i need to format it to reinstall Windows XP
    I don t have a recovery disk so i try it manually. And without success
    If anybody has anything to propose me let me know
    Thank you all
    Rodis
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    I assume you do have a Windows XP or 2000 cd?

    If so, you need to do the following.

    1 Restart your computer and go to setup usually by pressing the F2 or delete key.

    2 Once you get into setup look for the boot menu and make sure you set it to boot from cd first followed by your hard drive.

    3 Put the Windows xp disk into your cd.

    4 Now save your settings and exit setup.

    5 While your computer is booting you will see a message that says "press any key to boot from cd" press any key.

    6 When the welcome to setup screen appears press enter and then press F8 to accept the Microsoft licence agreement.

    7 You will be prompted to repair an insallation press the escape key.

    8 Now select the partition that you want to reformat and press the D key to delete it you will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the partition.

    9 Now press C to create a brand new partition you will be asked what size you want the partition to be in mega bytes. If you just press enter then the partition will be the maximum size that you can have. This is perfectly ok if you don`t want to create multiple partitions.

    10 You will now be asked to format the partition select the ntfs file sytem and do a full format.

    11 Once the format is complete setup will continue.

    Your computer will restart during the remaining setup again you will be asked to press any key to boot from cd DO NOT PRESS ANYTHING. and setup will continue. Once the setup is complete and you are back in Windows remove the Windows cd from your cd drive.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Guru Posts: 1,001   +11

    hey rodis, welcome to techspot...
    your acer aspire 5670 suppose to have "built-in recovery" and you need to burn the data inside to a blank DVD or few CDs.
    I don't know whether you can use the built-in recovery without burning cause i haven't try it. Try not to install generic windows xp, check the manual or go to acer eRecovery settings.
    The biggest fear is that if you try to install windows not from acer, you will lose your genuine windows xp from acer and also all the drivers also programs.

    hope it works
  4. rodis2001

    rodis2001 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Re:

    Thank you for your replies. I downloaded the ACER drivers for my laptop from ACER's site, so i think i don't have anything to lose by installing a non Original Acer copy of windows. The problem is i tried to set my compter boot from cd first but the only thing it does is to make me install a seconf copy of windows in my second partition drive d: instead of replacing the original windows in drive c:
    It does not give me the chance to format c: in any way i know. So if you think you could help me a bit more i would really appreciate.
    Thank you very much for your time
    Rodis
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