Win 7 evaluation has expired - what to do?

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April 3, 2010 at 12:05:32
Specs: Windows XP
A friend of sorts installed win 7 for me, I didn't know it was an evaluation version. Now that it has run out and keeps shutting down my laptop, is there any way I can go bact to the pre-installed vista on my Ace Aspire 5520G laptop. There is no restore date longer than 2months ago. Do I need t buy a new Win & disc. Any help would be gratefully recieved.


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#1
April 3, 2010 at 14:19:05
why would you put your e-mail address in an open forum? Not too cool, you can expect lots of spam.

Have you tried the repair my PC option when you go to safe mode?

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#2
April 3, 2010 at 14:23:34
You first need to back up all your documents, photos and whatever else you don't want to loose to an external drive or dvd.
Then if you still have a restore partition you may be able to restore it back to the original OS, if not you should be able to purchase the restore disks from Acer.
The alternative is to purchase a retail version of Windows 7 and do a clean install, this will put all the W7 RC files in one Windows.old folder which you can later delete.
This would be the best option as you can use the Winows 7 Easy Transfer Wizard to save all your files and settings to an external source, then restore it back to the new instalation retaining all your previous settings.

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#3
April 3, 2010 at 14:29:32
Purchase a Windows license from M$ & activate your RTM copy of Windows installation with the key.

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#4
April 3, 2010 at 20:44:38
I think there's a way to activate.Quick Google search will show how to activate.

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#5
April 4, 2010 at 07:31:55
If you did not pay for it, there is always a good chance you would eventually.
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#6
April 4, 2010 at 08:12:36
If the recovery partition is still there, which it hopefully is, then at
boot up press Alt & F10 keys - this should start the Acer
recovery program. If nothing happens then try Alt & F11.

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#7
April 4, 2010 at 14:02:47
Try johnr's idea. If you lost or didn't have the partion or cd's you need to contact the maker of the system. They can sell you a disk or two pretty cheap.

If not you can get a new w7 disk or consider linux.

You may qualify for a cheap upgrade from your oem.

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