I have an old Acer Travelmate 530, bought in 2003. By now, it's the kid's computer, but it's getting fairly slow and clogged up. All the kids ever do is surf the web and play games from CDs, so I'd like to format the hard drive and do a clean install or restore of the factory settings, so the box is a bit faster to boot and work with. Unfortunately, I can't find a recovery disk; I'm not even sure it came with one.
On the D drive, there's a system folder called IMAGES, and within that I find 2 files:
70ET5300.ACR -- 629,760 KB
70ET5300.002 -- 489,856 KB
I assume that these are image files with the original factory settings.
What would I need to do (after backing up my data, thank you) to wipe the C drive and restore the original XP installation? Can I create a boot disk from one of these files? If so, how? (I assume that if I re-create the original factory settings, I'll have to do a full Service Pack upgrade to get the lapper into the 21st century? That would be fine, and I'll be able to handle that.)
I'm just not sure how to go about wiping the C drive and re-creating a virgin XP install.
Any suggestions welcome.
Please note that I'm not in front of that machine during the day, so my replies upon trying out suggestions may be a bit delayed.