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#1 Jan 10 2011 at 4:55 AM Rating: Good
I've got a netbook that I installed ubuntu on, and after a few months I've decided I'd rather go back to using Windows XP, since I really don't know anything about programming or coding, etc. I've tried google searching, but haven't managed to find anything. I still have the product key on the back of the machine, so it should be all legal and everything.
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#2 Jan 10 2011 at 7:50 AM Rating: Good
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Set your Bios to boot from cdrom

Inset Windows XP disk

Follow install instructions

This will wipe all data off the disk. If you set your hard drive to an unrecognized scheme you may to reformat your hard drive first.
#3 Jan 10 2011 at 2:04 PM Rating: Good
It's a netbook, there is no CD-ROM drive. The best I can do is maybe put the software for XP on a flash drive or my external hard drive and try to boot it up from there, I just wasn't sure if it would work or where I can go to download a straight up copy of XP, not an upgrade.
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#4 Jan 10 2011 at 2:45 PM Rating: Good
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what kind of netbook?
#5 Jan 10 2011 at 8:38 PM Rating: Decent
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You don't need to be a programmer to use Linux. That being said, you would probably need to use your backup discs that should have come with the computer, but probably did not. The netbook manufacturer should be able to send you some, and you would still need to get an external drive to read the disc(s).
#6 Jan 10 2011 at 10:58 PM Rating: Good
It's an Acer Aspire One, model KAV60. I got it as a hand me down from my sister, so I'll have to call her up and see if she got any discs with it.
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#7 Jan 10 2011 at 11:31 PM Rating: Good
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have you tried pressing Alt-F10 while booting?
#8 Jan 11 2011 at 12:01 AM Rating: Excellent
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You have a couple options. 1, The Alt+F10 recovery cache if it exists. 2, buy a USB CDrom, 3. make a bootable windows XP installing USB stick (complex) 4. remove the drive and put it in something else that has a cd drive, or 5. make an image and apply via GHost or ImageX.
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#9 Jan 11 2011 at 4:08 AM Rating: Good
I have tried Alt + F10, repeatedly. Either I'm not pressing the buttons fast enough, or just right, or it doesn't work now that I have installed ubuntu. My roommate (who is a ruby programmer and was the one to talk me into installing ubuntu in the first place) said that restoring the factory settings would be impossible now since windows has been over-written by ubuntu. If this is true, it would certainly explain why I haven't been able to get Alt + F10 to work.
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#10 Jan 11 2011 at 9:20 AM Rating: Good
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im not familiar with Ubuntu at all, so if it totally formats the entire drive (or the person who installed it opted too) then the alt-f10 wont work. From what ive read Acers come stock with a recovery partition so you dont need a disk, but since yours is gone you are going to need to find some discs and make a bootable USB drive.
#11 Jan 13 2011 at 7:26 AM Rating: Good
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I'd suggest just keeping Ubuntu. For a netbook which can't game, I don't see the benefit of having Windows.
#12 Jan 13 2011 at 12:04 PM Rating: Good
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the benefit is that its harder than crap to install things, at least for a simpleton like myself it was.
#13 Jan 13 2011 at 3:12 PM Rating: Good
That and I primarily use it for school. I own a legit copy of Microsoft Office for Students 2007, which comes with a nifty program called OneNote. I really like this program and I haven't been able to find anything comparable to it in the Ubuntu software network or whatever it's called. The program my roommate suggested seems like a glorified version of notepad to be honest.
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Shrika, 72 Warlock
Jaquelle, 54 Paladin
Grakine, 32 Hunter
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