I have a Windows XP Desktop computer that is a Compaq Presario. I have had since 2002. It has had several viruses and spyware on it throughout the years. But I would always use this trick to restore it to its factory settings without a CD. I would turn it on and hold the "F10" key (or "F8", it's been a while, I forget) And then I'd select "Destructive Disk Recovery" And I would follow the steps, testing speakers, selecting an antivirus etc. Once I did this, it would run like a charm. Brand new. Fast and clean.
I have another Windows XP Home Edition computer, but this one is an ACER Laptop computer. And it is not working the same. I've tried holding F9, F10, F11, F12, none of these buttons give me any options. It just goes straight to windows. F8 however, does, but not the options I need. It only has system restore (Which isn't the factory settings thing that I want) And it has a few other options like running in safe mode etc..
My question is.. Is there any way to reinstall the Operating System on this laptop without buying a Windows XP installation disc? Do they even sell those anymore?!