How to boot new HDD installed in Acer laptop

Acer Aspire as3680-2366 notebook
April 8, 2010 at 10:15:05
Specs: Windows Vista
My hard drive died on me, so I bought a new
one, installed it and am trying to reboot the
computer. I only have my MS Office Home
and Student 2007 disk, so I'm assuming that
is not my OS. I didn't get a reboot/recovery
disk from Acer and I never made one. When
my hard drive died, did my OS go along with
it? Will I now have to buy a new OS to go
along with my new HD? I'm a total newbie to
anything computer-related. I really hope I don't
need a new OS b/c my laptop is junk! I just
bought the HD to buy me some time before
buying a new laptop. Help!

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April 8, 2010 at 12:02:51
The OS is on the old HDD, so if you have no disc, you have no way of reinstalling it. There are ways around that but we're not allowed to discuss software pirating ;-)

Linux is a free OS though, would you consider giving that a shot? Linux Mint would be a good choice:

Another would be Mepis:

Both are very Windows-like. What you would have to do is download the .ISO file, then burn to a disc using a program such as ImgBurn:

Both are "Live CDs" which means you can just boot off the disc & try it out before you install it to the HDD.

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April 8, 2010 at 13:10:59
I don't think I'm opposed to a non-Windows OS. How would my
files that I backed up (thankfully) that were created in Windows
run in a non-Windows OS? For instance, my resume is created
in MS Word. What if I had an Linux OS and wanted to edit that
document? Would I reinstall Windows 2007 Programs or would
they not work?

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April 8, 2010 at 13:42:56
In Linux, you would use Open Office, which can do anything Office 2007 can do & is fully compatible with Office 2007 files.

Try running Linux off a live CD...if you don't like it, don't install it. Then just beg, borrow or steal a copy of Windows from a friend, neighbor or relative & install it. You'll find all the necessary device drivers at the Acer website.

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April 8, 2010 at 14:50:17
That sounds great! Is the download for Linux supposed to take 6
hours? That's what it's showing as being the time remaining. I'm
downloading it on another laptop. Also, once it's burned, I can
boot the CD into my dead laptop by changing the boot order to
boot first off of the CD correct (in BIOS)?

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April 8, 2010 at 14:54:05
Distrowatch is a good place to find out about different Linux os

As said before, try a few Live cd's to see what you like. BUT, you
must burn as an iso file, do not just copy the file & burn as a
data cd.

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April 8, 2010 at 14:59:57
Thanks - I'll keep downloading this Linux Mint. Says it's a good
one for people who have never used Linux before. I downloaded
the iso burn program.

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