About a month ago I bought a dual core 2 gig Acer with pre-installed
Vista Home Premium. I had all manner of trouble from day 1. See
Then it refused to boot saying the registry was corrupt. I can
examine the registry in service mode. It won't rollback, and it did
not come with a boot or install CD. I foolishly did not make an image
backup. I kept postponing until I had things working properly. The
vendor Compusmart has already charged me $50 without solving the
problem (and managed to damage and remove 1 Gig of RAM in the
I am dead in the water. The machine is utterly useless and the vendor
refuses to help.
Ideally I would like to get an XP CD, reformat, get rid of dynamic
partitions, and start from scratch.
Failing that, I would like to get a Vista Home edition CD and
It seems to me I already own a Vista licence so Compusmart demanding
another $460 for XP or $200 for Vista seems outrageous.
My old machine runs Win2K. My current plan is to use that, but Win2K
won't run IE 7, Media Player etc. I want a XP or Vista machine so I
can do software development and reproduce problems my users have.
What are my options? My budget is quite limited. All the money went on
Thanks for any suggestions.