Well if you cannot get to advanced boot options on F8, either it will not even go to that OR you are POSSIBLY keying it at the wrong time.
However I do not think it is the second reason.
The only way forward now is presuming that you not want to try, even if it would work a restore to factory condition, to see if you can get a boot using a Puppy CD and booting using the ram.
That will test your hardware.
The other way is to see if it will run a disk check using a utility I can send you the download for.
Alternatively you can remove the hard drive, place it in a hard drive enclosure or docking station and connect it to your Acer and see if it is accessible, if so you can get your personal data off and then run a chkdsk on it .
The error you received simply means that it cannot read from the drive.
The BCD is the boot configuration data that it needs to load windows
the recovery procedure on a laptop is from an installed partition on the laptop, but the disc should still load. However if the tools ofthe disc having loaded, still encounter that error of the black screen and in view of your details in post 4 of the history of this present error -
The laptop itself is my girlfriends and she told me a couple of weeks ago that all of the USB ports had stopped working, I tried to fix these but couldn't.
The night before it happened she was watching a film from her laptop connected to the tv via hdmi. She said that she closed the lid and forgot to shut it down, the next day the battery had gone dead and when she booted it up it came on with the screen you get after it crashes or battery goes dead - she pressed start windows normally (didn't work). She rebooted and tried the repair mode option but it crashed and didn't work. Next time she booted it up she got the following error:
I regret to inform you that I think you may have serious, possibly unrecoverable and also maybe expensive problems here.
The failure of the USB ports as a pre-cursor could indicate the start of these.
The easiest option if you have or can borrow or buy an enclosure is to remove the drive and go from there.