|Watch carefully as you first turn your laptop on. There will be a brief message usually in the lower left hand corner that says something to the effect of "Strike F1 to enter setup". The key needed to enter setup varies from system to system. Sometimes F!, DEL, or other function key. Once you know what key it is you will be ready to hit that key next time you reboot. This will bring you to the BIOS or SETUP screens. Be careful when editing these things because if you go and change things you're not sure of you may not be able to boot at all. If all else fails you can usually find an item that says "Reset to default settings". What you are looking for is the "Boot sequence" You need it to boot first from the CD, then the HD or Floppy. There may also be a selection where you need to enable booting from CD but not usually. Once you have the boot sequence set to boot first from the CD, then you "Exit saving changes". Now when you boot with your recovery CD in the laptop it should say something to the effect of "Stike the spacebar to boot from CD". Strike the space bar or whatever key it tells you to and it should do just that. Good luck!|
Just read that most ACER Aspire One systems use F2. Press this immediately after the power button.
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