In case the Vista installation was only corrupted these might help.
Try Startup Repair from the Recovery Console (if you have one) or from a Vista disk - if you do
not have a Vista disk you can borrow a friends (they are not copy protected) or make one. Also
your System maker will sell the physical disks cheap since you already own Windows. (This may not be true since you are not the original owner
and you may not have the product ID for Vista.)
This tells you how to access the System Recovery Options and/or with a Vista Disk
Try StartUp Repair from Recovery Options and/or a Vista disk.
How to do a Startup Repair
Also from the COMMAND PROMPT of Recovery Console (if possible) or a Vista disk
and after that runs
chkdsk /f /r
( Spaces between C and / k and / and f and / )
Retry Startup Repair after Chkdsk.
If needed after those you can try System Restore from the Recovery or Vista disk.
How to Do a System Restore in Vista
If needed :
What to do if Windows won't start correctly
What are the system recovery options in Windows Vista?
What happened to the Recovery Console?
If you need to make repair disks - these help repair Windows not re-install.
How to Make a Bootable Disk in Vista
Download: Windows Vista x86 (32 bit) Recovery Disc
Download: Windows Vista x64 (64 bit) Recovery Disc
How to Make a Windows Vista Repair Disk If You Don’t Have One
Hope this helps.
here are the various ways to reinstall vista
contact Acer and ask them to send you vista recovery disks to reinstall the operating system back the way it was when you bought it
they do that for a nominal $ cost
here is the Acer link to order the vista recovery disks from:
also ask them if you have a recovery partition on your hard drive to put it back to how you bought it
you would normally press Alt + F10 at boot to start the recovery process for an Acer
and the passoword for it would be 6 zeros
ask them for the exact key sequence
or borrow a microsoft vista dvd
make sure you borrow the correct 32bit or 64bit microsoft dvd for your computer
they contain all versions of vista
it is the product key that determines which vista version is installed
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