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  1. #21


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Obliterate?


    Are you trying to save the existing install, or do you want to obliterate it and start again?

    If you want to totally obliterate it:
    • You may want to use a HDD imaging program (like Macrium) to create an image of the existing HDD setup first
    • Use Gparted from a Live Ubuntu CD/USB (or a different partition manager tool that will run from a CD/DVD/USB)

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  2. #22


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX View Post
    Everyone keeps forgetting that the LCD is shattered. I have read the manual, but didn't think I could navigate through the prompts blindfolded.
    Try this:

    Manual, page 3: Hotkeys:

    <Fn> + <F5> - Display toggle - switches between Display screen, external monitor, and both

    to enable you to see the BIOS and boot screens
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  3. #23


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8


    Display Toggle!!! How did I forget about this? Can't wait to get home and try it, however, it sounds like it would only work in Windows. Fingers crossed. If this doesn't work, I guess my only solution is to find an LCD and replace it. I wanted this little notebook as a media player, so I wouldn't need a screen.
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  4. #24


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can't install Windows on one set of hardware (computer) and then move it to a completely different set of hardware. You'll have driver issues and activation issues.
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  5. #25


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8


    I remember doing it a little while ago and while I lost the activation, the drivers self updated fine.

    I should be able to do it with Acer and activate it using the notebook code. However, I don't think it even boots properly.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX View Post
    Display Toggle!!! How did I forget about this? Can't wait to get home and try it, however, it sounds like it would only work in Windows. Fingers crossed. If this doesn't work, I guess my only solution is to find an LCD and replace it. I wanted this little notebook as a media player, so I wouldn't need a screen.
    Quote Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX View Post
    Everyone keeps forgetting that the LCD is shattered. I have read the manual, but didn't think I could navigate through the prompts blindfolded.
    WE are not, you are blindfolding yourself by not replacing LCD.


    NO need to wipe the HDD.
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  7. #27


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    What is possible is to apply an install.wim from your Windows setup iso using Windows 8 dism.exe or imagex.exe to your hard disk and write the boot record store using bcdboot on a different pc, then transfer the drive to the new pc to continue the setup.

    Use diskpart or Windows disk management, or a third party partition tool to create an active primary partition on the target drive, minimum 20GB, preferably more than 50GB in size.

    with the iso mounted as drive d:, and the target hard drive as t:

    dism /apply-image /imagefile:d:\sources\install.WIM /index:1 /applydir:t:\

    this is equivalent to:

    imagex /apply d:\sources\install.wim 1 t:\

    This often takes about 20-30 minutes

    t:\Windows\System32\bcdboot t:\Windows /f ALL /s t:

    This is totally analogous to installing a Windows To Go installation on a USB disk:

    Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk
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  8. #28


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX View Post
    Display Toggle!!! How did I forget about this? Can't wait to get home and try it, however, it sounds like it would only work in Windows. Fingers crossed. If this doesn't work, I guess my only solution is to find an LCD and replace it. I wanted this little notebook as a media player, so I wouldn't need a screen.
    Quote Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX View Post
    Everyone keeps forgetting that the LCD is shattered. I have read the manual, but didn't think I could navigate through the prompts blindfolded.
    WE are not, you are blindfolding yourself by not replacing LCD.


    NO need to wipe the HDD.
    Manufacturer charges $200 to replace the screen and they are not easily available online, at least I wasn't able to find one for this particular model. I thought these forums exist to legally assist getting out of difficult situations. Even if I ever find the screen for around $50, I am never going to use it, other than to install Windows.
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  9. #29


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Just for fun - even if you don't use it
    source for screen $67
    Acer Aspire One 756 Netbook LED Screen
    service manual
    http://data.manualslib.com/pdf2/40/3...3ccfe7f6d00326
    Video AO722 - similar, but follow manual above
    Acer Aspire One 722 Netbook Screen Replacement Procedure - YouTube
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  10. #30


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8


    Thanks, but I would only buy the screen as a last resort.
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