EISA Configuration (Restoring PC)

  [email protected]© 10:29 20 May 2009

Part of my hard drive has 10Gb allocated to EISA configuration which I believe to be a back up to when I first purchased the PC. How do I get it to run. It says in the help section to select F8 on startup enter the advanced boot options then repair your Pc, but that option is not there. Please help. Tanks.

  Pineman100 10:41 20 May 2009

Have you been doing the F8 thing correctly?

You mustn't allow Windows to start up. Start the computer and then immediately begin tapping the F8 key. Continue doing this until the advanced boot options screen appears - it'll be white type on a black background.

  [email protected]© 10:42 20 May 2009

Yes I have done it correctly because if gives options of safe mode, last good configuration etc... But no repair PC like it says in restore/backup PC in control panel.

  Taff™ 11:31 20 May 2009

How you restore the computer back to it`s factory default varies depending on if the OS is XP or Vista. Which OS is yours? Also the Function key at start up to restore factory defaults varies - usually F11 or F12. Perhaps the make and model might help us.

Caution - restoring to Factory defaults removes all your data and program files so back up first!

  [email protected]© 11:45 20 May 2009

It is an Acer Aspire 5335 with Vista Ultimate and I do want all data etc removed as I have sold it.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:47 20 May 2009

How you access the repair options will depend upon whether you have a Windows Vista installation disk or whether your operating system came pre-installed by your PC manufacturer.
Windows Installation Disk

With the Complete PC Restore Option you must have made a backup of your system, either on your hard drive or on a set of DVDs, in order to use this option. If you don't have a backup then don't use this option

1/ make sure your PC can boot directly from the Vista DVD. Obviously, most modern PCs can. With older machines you may need to check the PC's BIOS

2/ Start the PC

3/ Immediately insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive

4/ A Black screen will appear with the words 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD'

5/ Press Any key to start the booting process

6/ A new screen will now appear with a progress bar. The legend say's 'Windows is loading files'

7/ After a few minutes the Microsoft copyright window ill appear and another small progress bar will be visible

8/ You will next see a Blue curtained screen

9/ After a short while the Language option screen will appear

10/ Select your language and keyboard language and the Click the Next button

11/ At the bottom left of the next screen - the Install screen, Click on the Repair Your Computer option

12/ The System recovery options will now search for your Windows Vista installation

13/ Once the Vista installation has been located, Highlight it and then Click the Next button

14/ You are now presented with the following set of recovery options

* Startup repair - This automatically fixes problems that are preventing Windows from starting
* System Restore - This will Restore Windows to an earlier point in time
* Windows Complete PC Restore - This will completely restore your entire PC - programs, system settings and files - from a back up that you have previously created (Available in Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
* Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool - This checks your computer's memory hardware for errors
* Command Prompt - This opens a Command Window

15/ Click on the Option you require and follow the onscreen prompts

Pre-Installed Options

If no repair options are available your PC manufacturer may have replaced the tools or customised them. Check your Computer Manual before proceeding.

1/ Start your PC

2/ If your PC has one operating system Press and Hold the F8 key as your PC starts. If the Windows Logo appear you will need to start again

3/ If you have a dual boot system a Boot option menu will appear. Highlight the Vista operating system and Press the F8 key

4/ In both cases, if all has gone well, an Advanced options screen will now appear

5/ Highlight the repair Your Computer option and Press Enter

6/ Select a keyboard layout, and then Click the Next button

7/ Next select your user Name and Enter your Password, then Click OK

8/ The recovery options should now appear

  [email protected]© 11:52 20 May 2009

Thanks Fruit Bat /\0/\ but as I stated the number 5 'repair your computer' is not one of the options. I have no discs and didnt back up when I purchased it. I must be able to do it somehow as there is almost 10GB with info on it.

  Taff™ 13:32 20 May 2009

I`ve downloaded the Manual for your model and there is the Acer eRecovery Management software installed that allows you to burn the Recovery DVD`s (You may need two or three)

Also you can Restore to Factory Default from this program.

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