Acer Aspire One eRecovery Issues: “The system is not fully installed. Please run setup again”

Having a problem restoring from a recovery partition?
Getting an error saying “The system is not fully installed. Please run setup again.” after the recovery partition copies the files to a partition and reboots?
Answer:
Make sure the recovery partition is set to hidden.
Use a Gnome Partition Editor or a Linux boot CD to do so.

Full Story:
So I got tired of Windows 7 on my Acer Aspire One 150. It is lighter than Vista but still it’s slow to get things done for me. Windows XP is still lighter and better for my productive needs especially on a netbook. The netbook has Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Windows 7 installed on it and a total of 6 partitions (1 recovery partition that came with the machine, 1 Windows 7 partition, 1 Ubuntu system partition, 1 Linux home partition, 1 swap space) so I was hoping the recovery process wouldn’t destroy the other partitions. So I backed up my data and started the recovery process through Acer’s eRecovery partition. The recovery partition successfully copied over the necessary files to the C drive (the 2nd partition of the disk, 1st partition being the recovery partition, other partitions remained intact, even GRUB persisted) and the system rebooted.
The system booted up and the Windows XP setup loading screen was on display. Then I got a Windows Error message saying “The system is not fully installed. Please run setup again.”. So close yet so far I thought. After several hours of researching and trying a few fixes I finally got it to boot into the Windows setup screen.
Then I was greeted with more error boxes that was saying it couldn’t find the necessary files to install. I changed the location from “c:\i386” to “d:\i386” and managed to install XP. But it was a totally stripped down version of XP and didn’t even have Internet Explorer on it. Then it dawned on me. I had to change the partition from “c:\” to “d:\” and realized that the recovery partition wasn’t hidden. So I booted into the Linux partition and fired up gparted and set the recovery partition to ‘hidden’ and recovered again and everything went on without a hitch.

So total time it takes to restore the system is ~30 mintues:

  • Copying of recovery partition to C:\ drive: ~5 minutes
  • Installation of OS: ~25 mintues
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