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Old 02-27-2012, 03:04 AM
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Default Computer Help Please..... brother in-law purchased a laptop (Acer 5315-2153) from a friend that needed some money. I took it home to check it out. The friend claimed that he had it wiped clean, and it's virtually pretty clean.....but here's my issue.

I can't uninstall the AVG antivirus and install the Avast that I want to use. That's not the REAL issue, but it appears that someone (obviously before my brother in-law has a counterfeit operating system on here. There's a constant message on the computer that says: "You may be a victim of software counterfeiting. This copy of Windows did not pass genuine Windows validation." It currently has Windows XP on it.

Will installing Windows 7 wipe the whole computer clean, or should I format the harddrive prior to installing Windows 7? I guess that's my real issue/question. There's really nothing on the computer that needs to be backed up as my brother in-law never really used it.

Basically, I want to start the computer over from scratch with Windows 7.

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