I decided to reformat my C drive and et it back to factory condition.
Now that the McAfee promo junk is appearing again, would someone please be willing to direct me to the McAfee Removal Tool? I will then install Microsoft Security Essentials and use it for my internet security.
Reformatting my C drive was not difficult, but lo and behold I realized today early that I now have Vista running the system. When I originally purchased this ACER, it was running XP Home, but it had a one-time upgrade to Win7 Home Premium, which I eagerly performed. Now that I've formatted C to start anew, I'm running Vista. I'm not so much concerned about why the Vista thing, but I don't like the in-molasses-in-January slowness I'm experiencing :/ Also, I'm not able to install Vista Service Pack 2...the Windows Update site only shows the download beginning, but it never starts, and a link on the Microsoft site, after allowing me to successfully download it, gave me a notification of "insufficient permissions" when the d/l was complete. What's that about?
I'd appreciate any help I can get, as I've also run into problems trying to d/l and install IE8 or 9 :/ I'm told that I must install further updates before I can successfully do so??
Very frustrated...I was looking forward to a crisp, new C drive, but instead I've gotten a dreadfully slow Vista dinosaur that tells me what I can't do :/ I'd actually like to upgrade this system to Win7 Home Premium again, and I'll spend the money to do so. But now I'm worried about the slowness and why I even have Vista! I can probably uninstall lots of programs showing in my Control Panel, too...
It sounds like you returned the computer to it's factory state using the original image found on a hidden partition on the computer. It would not have been upgraded to Win 7.. it's placed there at the factory and can't be altered.
I don't know if the one time upgrade is still applicable since it's years old at this point. You could try and see what happens but I suspect you'll need to buy a copy of Windows 7 and start from scratch once more.
Not sure why it had XP on it when you bought it.. was it used? or perhaps the retail vendor did the XP install themselves?