After the computer starts it immediately enters setup. I am then prompted to insert disk (which was not provided by the manufacturer.)
-If I click "Cancel" a window pops up that says "Fatal Error" (the message informs me that "One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be installed.")
-I then click Ok and I am presented with a "System Setup Log"; I encounter multiple errors in this log (I can type all of this out if it is relevant.)
-After I click close on the log the system reboots and immediately goes back into setup, where I am once again presented with the "Insert Disk" window.
-If I click Ok, a "Files Needed" window pops up; here it says "The file 'asms' on Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 Cd is needed." The window also has a drop down window at the bottom that allows me to type the location of the files needed.
-I attempted to use Microsoft's solutions, but I was unable to advance past this stage.
-Furthermore, I attempted to type in the location of I386 on my computer, which should be C:\I386, but this did not resolve the issue.
I have searched online for a XP boot disk, but I can only find ones that work with floppy disks (which is of no use to me.)
Like I already referenced, I would ideally like to format then re-install. The system that I am working on is an Acer Aspire 3100. I am not entirely sure what information is needed so I attempted to be as complete as possible in what is occurring. I am more than happy to provide any additional information. Apologies for the long post and thanks in advance for any help.