laptop recover factory settings from hard drive

  athenrye 14:44 29 Jan 2013

hi my friends laptop running vista is slow and showing its age, he has partitioned Hd both at 32gb and keeps getting warnings about the c drive being near full, the d drive recovery has lots of room

I don't have a manual but looking on line I get this below, the trouble is It doesn't appear to be on his laptop, I cant find the acer recovery management, ive tried doing it as it starts up and I get a boot sequence

any ideas of other ways to recover it?

Unlike other laptops, Acer laptops integrate a computer management utility called 'Acer eRecovery Management' to create backup of hard drive data, create restore point, reinstall applications & drivers, and reset Acer laptop to factory setting.

Step 1: Before starting your Acer laptop, ensure that there is no external storage device attached to it. Now start your laptop.

Step 2: Press 'Alt + F10' when the laptop starts booting, and wait for a moment while Windows loads the reset files.

Step 3: When 'Acer eRecovery Management' window appears, select 'Restore System from factory default' and click 'Next' to continue.

Step 4: Again click 'Next' to reset your Acer laptop. This process will erase all data from your hard disk and reset your Acer laptop to original factory settings.

Step 5: Click 'OK' in the notification window to begin the the resetting operation. Now wait while your Acer laptop is reset to factory settings.

Tips: You can also create a backup copy of your laptop data before factory reset. Simply click 'Backup' in 'Acer eRecovery Management' window.

  lotvic 21:38 29 Jan 2013

You can also start it from the Desktop. Have a look in:

Start | All Programs |Acer Empowering Technology | Acer eRecovery management

  lotvic 21:46 29 Jan 2013

Of course to be of any use depends on whether the factory restore image is still there.

  lotvic 21:51 29 Jan 2013

posted too soon.... wanted to add that you can download and install the program eRecovery mangement.

What might be of more use maybe is to borrow a dvd or d/load Vista and install with the key on the sticker but you will need to find all the drivers for the hardware as well.

  athenrye 21:51 29 Jan 2013

this isn't there... Start | All Programs |Acer Empowering Technology | Acer eRecovery management

neither is the tool bar you can access it from

at startup you can use alt f10, takes you to a hidden menu to factory restore but doesn't seem to work...


  lotvic 21:55 29 Jan 2013

This any help then MS official Windows Vista Download Links no forms or anything to fill in, choose the one you want and click on the file and download starts.

  athenrye 22:42 29 Jan 2013

hi lotvic, sorry I don't need the vista downloads, im missing the acer recovery software to go back to factory settings

I could do a fresh install, don't know if that would help though, as I need to pair down the content on the HD

  lotvic 00:50 30 Jan 2013

you can download Acer eRecovery Management from softpedia but as I said you need to make sure the Hidden Factory Image is still on the harddrive or it will have no image to restore... In Windows Explorer, Tools, folder options, View, (I think it's same or similar for Vista) you need to choose to 'Show Hidden Files and Folders'

Actually if you do find the Hidden Recovery and make that drive 'Active' in Disk Management the pc should boot straight into it instead of the present Vista O/S next time laptop is shut down and then powered up again.

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