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.
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.