K so around two years ago I bought an acer desktop from The Source, XP Home edition. The guy I bought it from turned it on to make sure it worked. This is where my problem starts. The first time these computers turn on, it gives you the option of burning a backup disc. Im guessing since he booted it for the first time ever (unless it was turned on even before he did it) that he skipped this, so I had no chance to make a backup disc. Also my computer never came with an XP OS disc.
So a year goes by and I need it formated because Im having problems with viruses that could not seem to me fixed. I get the computer back and when I turn it on, I immediately burn a backup disc. These computers come with a built in program NTI Backup now (which I do not seem to have anymore.) I am having problems again, more subtle than last time but it is an indication of a virus or multiple viruses I believe. What I am looking to do is reinstall or reformat my drive to the original state, with everything gone except what it originally came with. I just have no clue how to do this. I read the sticky on reinstalling XP with the disc, but I do not have it, and I do not have the money to buy the software that I should have recieved with my computer.
So a few questions:
First off with the backup disc I burned, can I use it as an OS disc, or does it just have everything my computer came with? If it is, or even if it isn't, after I somehow reformat my drive how can I use the backup disc when the program that was used to create it won't be on the drive anymore unless I run the backup disc? What exactly will the backup disc do?
*I don't believe the program is available for a free download.
Second, I have heard people talk about some secret system back up drive or something that is on some computers. Do acer computers have this, and if so am I able to use it without the OS disc?
Third I would like to know how I can possibly go about doing a full format of my HDD, removal of windows and reinstallation of it without the OS disc. If it is even possible, what do I need? I have heard friends say I need to download something off Microsoft's website and burn it onto a disc in order to do it properly. Or is everything I need included in my backup disc? Including service pack 2 and all that stuff which I know nothing about
I heard about this program that finds your Windows product key for you, which is amazing for me seeing as my computer came with no OS disc, I did not find out my product key. I downloaded this program and it gives me the product key, so I'm hoping it's a legit program and actually works.
Sorry for all the questions but I thought it was about time I figured out how to do these things without paying 100 bucks to have my computer formatted for me. Help will be extremely appreciated, thanks in advance.
Edited by nate1232, 18 September 2008 - 02:37 PM.