Recently my Acer Aspire One Netbook with Windows 7 on it crapped out. I have no idea why, but if you’ve got a netbook, then you know that to reconstitute everything you need to do it from a bootable USB Stick, because there isn’t any “DVD” drive on these little puppies.
I tried a number of solutions that I found online, but the only one that worked for me was the following:
1) insert your USB stick (4GB or higher).
2) FORMAT – NTFS
3) Copy the contents of the Windows 7 DVD onto the USB stick.
4) Set your netbook BIOS to Boot from “USB HDD” as the first option.
5) Boot off the USB, let Windows 7 setup come up, and do a new installation (the “Repair my computer” option only comes up if you run Windows setup from an existing instance of Windows 7, which I couldn’t get).
6) Install Windows 7.
NOTE: during the install, WIndows 7 needs to reboot. You need to change your BIOS settings on the netbook to now let it boot from the netbook’s hard drive, NOT the USB stick, or you will go in circles.
This may seem overly simplistic, but it worked for me. Of course, since you have a new windows 7, you’ll need to install all your favorite software.