Having problems with your Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook ?

Acer aspire 5100 will not run windows. It say's ''starting windows'' and then freezes. The recovery cd will not load. I'm able to load and run windows 98, but nothing newer. Thank you


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Hi,
Start your PC with the setup CD in a drive, and hit a key when you see the message "Press any key to boot from CD"
If instead of booting to the CD your PC boots from the hard drive, you\015\012may need to modify your PC's "boot order." It's easy and only takes a\015\012minute to make the change so that the PC will check for a bootable CD\015\012before trying to boot from the hard drive. It done from the BIOS setup screen.

Once your PC starts to boot from the CD, you'll see something like "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware..."

After a minute or two, you'll see the "Windows\015\012Setup/Setup is starting Windows" screen. Don't\015\012be alarmed.. It's still just the setup process running, and nothing's\015\012been changed on your PC yet.

Soon after above Screen, you'll be presented with the normal "Welcome to Setup" screen".

Hit Enter, just as if you were setting up Windows afresh and from scratch.

Press F8 to accept the licensing terms and to go on.

Next, the XP setup process will show another screen that you may recall\015\012from your initial setup of XP. It searches for "a previous version of\015\012Microsoft Windows." In our case, we're not replacing a previous version\015\012of Windows, but rather repairing the very same version that's on the\015\012setup CD--but that's OK; it's just another poorly worded screen.

Setup should find your damaged copy of XP and present it for repair

If your damaged copy of XP isn't highlighted in the list box, highlight\015\012it now. When it's selected, press R to start the repair process.

The Repair process then selectively deletes system files in the\015\012\\Windows folder and subfolders and copies undamaged replacement files\015\012from the setup CD to their proper locations.

The system then needs to reboot and will do so automatically. If your\015\012setup CD is still in the drive, remove it so that the system won't try\015\012to boot from it.

The first Repair reboot will take longer than normal.

Please Don't be alarmed when Setup resumes. Once again, it will appear that\015\012you're performing a full, from-scratch setup; there's nothing on-screen\015\012to indicate that you're repairing an existing version of XP. But\015\012although the setup screens are the same as what you'd see in a full\015\012install, it's still a repair process, as will become clearer in a\015\012moment.

Follow the normal steps.

When this portion of the Repair is done, you'll see a "completing installation" screen

Setup then reboots your PC again, and this reboot will also take longer than usual. This is normal.

After the reboot, you'll be brought to an abbreviated version of the "Welcome To Windows" setup pages.

You'll be asked if you want to register\015\012and--depending on how badly hosed the previous installation was--you\015\012may or may not be asked to reactivate the copy of Windows. Next, the\015\012setup software handles the final networking details and then offers a\015\012"thank you" screen.

In most cases, the system will now reboot for a final time. The Repair\015\012is done. It's a normal boot, bringing you to the normal choices for\015\012login.

If all has gone as planned, you'll find all the user accounts and\015\012passwords intact, all the hardware devices set up as before, and all\015\012the previously installed software still installed and configured. In\015\012fact, if all has gone as planned, the only significant change will be\015\012that whatever problem your copy of XP was previously experiencing will\015\012now be gone!

Please let me know if this has been helpful to you and do not forget to rate the solution in case it was helpful to you.

Thanks and Regards,
Srinivas
Hi. You can re-install Windows using the secret recovery partition hidden in your hard disk. You can start this process by pressing "CTRL+ALT+F10" when the Acer Screen shows up. And by following the steps, your Windows will be re-installed and everything should be clean after that. By the way, this solution is much more faster than re-installing Windows using a CD since all the recovery files are in the hard disk. But in case if this solution doesn't work for you, please let me know and I'll advice you some more. Hope this helps, have a nice day.
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