ACER Aspire5100 wont enter RECOVERY process

January 2, 2011 at 14:38:10
Specs: Windows XP, 896
I keep trying to reformat and reinstall windows on my C drive but i cant get into the recovery area at POST
my manual tells me to use ALT + F10 when i see the ACER screen at startup
great, i see it, saw it, there it goes!

I have tried this several times today and it cant just be my timing.
It simply wont allow me to get into that area
when i press the keys
nothing happens other than windows starts normally.

Is there another way of doing this?
Maybe by creating an installation CD of the system, using the contents of the system?

then simply dropping the CD into the drive and restarting that way?

I understand it will reformat my drive . ihave no problem with that because everything ( DATA +FILES + FOLDERS ) has already been backed up


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#1
January 2, 2011 at 14:44:18
Try once more maybe tap alt about 2 seconds before F-10. I had the same problem. If that don't do it please let us know. I will check back.

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#2
January 2, 2011 at 15:32:10
as i stated before
i have tried this several times

im at the point where i dont care what needs to be done, i just want to reinstall windows on this

i did notice through more checking after posting the above that i should have been able to use the ePowering recovery ___ to do the same thing possibly

however, this is one of those machines that when you purchase it, it was made capable of running windows VISTA as well as the XP that i have been using on it since day one
(im not to happy or in any desire to use Vista)
I found that its possible, because VISTA is installed on tis first by the manufacturer and then downgraded to XP just before sending it to me
its because of this VISTA installation that i cant use the ePowering recovery while in Xp mode.


Ok so im kinda screwed there. I am a bit thinking this is the same reason i cant enter the recovery area via alt+F10
but i could be wrong

whats next?


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#3
January 2, 2011 at 16:18:39
OK I am a little confused. Did it come with Vista and you installed XP? If you wiped the Vista that Acer installed then you overwrote the MBR that acer put there to allow the alt+f10. You may be able to still use the eRecovery you need a bootable CD and maybe making the PQSERVICE the active partition. That may boot it to the PQSERVICE without pressing anything.

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#4
January 2, 2011 at 18:14:41
no i didnt wipe or downgrade anything
the laptop has a sticker on it
it says VISTA compatable

this means they installed vista on themachine but sent it to me with XP running

anyway
id just like to get into the discussion where we can figure out how to create and use a windows recovery disc that actually does wipe the system

no vista is not nor ever has been running on this machine since i have had it


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#5
January 2, 2011 at 18:35:56
Vista capable only means you can upgrade to Vista if you want to. The machine is capable of running it, which is good because you can probably run Windows 7 too. Why don't you contact Acer and have them send you a set of recovery disks, or at this point you could upgrade to Windows 7. Just my two cents.

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#6
January 2, 2011 at 19:11:00
if doing the upgrade means it will all files out and reformat the drive leaving only the windows essentials
ill do it

but

how?
i dont see anything on the computer that allows me to do this


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#7
January 3, 2011 at 04:00:23
You need the recovery CD'S or DVD'S from Acer. It will wipe and reinstall XP. Or you could buy an upgrade of Windows 7 or an OEM version both will allow a clean install just remember an OEM version requires you to buy hardware it don't matter what hardware cheap or expensive as long as you buy hardware. I personally would not buy a new OS with an older machine because once it's activated and then the machine should die you have lost the OS also and it would not reactivate on another computer. But good luck with getting Acer to send Recovery DVD'S. I tried to get them with a desktop that had Vista and they refused to send them.

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#8
January 3, 2011 at 04:25:05
Like Christopher pointed out, you'll have to buy an operating system disk of your choice. An OEM version of Win 7 is cheaper than the retail version. You don't have to buy any hardware. OEM was designed for system builders and allows Windows to be installed on only one machine. It is hardware specific, so it can't be installed on multiple machines. Anyhow, I would contact Acer and check out the recovery cd's. It would be cheaper than buying Win 7 if money is a concern. No matter what choice you make, the installation will wipe out all data except the new operating system. Good Luck.

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