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How do I reset my PC back to how it was when I bought it?

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47113y, 3m agoPosted 3 years, 3 months ago
I have an Acer laptop and its very, very slow.
The harddrive is quite full as well. I deleted the cache, but still.

Anyway, I would like to reset it.
One "little problem" is that I made the recovery disc quite late and not within the first days.

How is this done the best way?
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47113y, 3m agoPosted 3 years, 3 months ago
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aj84 1 Like #1
What model is it? Some Acers have onboard recovery partitions you can restore from just prior to loading up windows - couple of ways:
When you boot, it will state hit f12 for recovery or something similar

If you don't have this, you could try and hit F8 just before windows starts to load. Sometimes there is a "Repair my computer" which is linked to an image

If you don't have that, I would suspect a clean install from windows cds and the likes would be the way to go (I prefer this method either way for a clean install and avoid all the acer rubbish)
slamdunkinbanned 1 Like #2
If your PC is running slow then you need to prune down your start up list via the start - run - then type msconfig and start up tab.

Don't just uptick everything as some of the entries are need....check entries against google to see if they are necessary.

or use a site like this one

http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php
4711#3
Hi, thanks for your help.
It's a 5251 Aspire.

Edited By: 4711 on Apr 19, 2012 11:23
4711#4
By the way, how do you do a "a clean install from windows cds" ? Never done it before.
aj84#5
From a quick google, it seems it's Alt + F10 when you start the laptop on your model.
From here, you get a recovery utility pop up

You would need to get hold of a windows CD matching to your licence under your laptop and then boot from the CD but it does take some manual input throughout in that a recovery will put it back to how it was when you bought it whereas the manual clean install from the cd would be you having to download the individual drivers from the Acer site and install them one by one once windows was installed
4711#6
Before doing anything, I should save my pictures, correct? Or would they stay on, when doing Alt+ F10


Application
BIOS
Document
Driver
Patch
Category Vendor File Version Size Date
This page shows only drivers that are not contained in Windows 7.
Audio Realtek Audio Driver 6.0.1.6004 86.2 MB 2010/04/26
Bluetooth Atheros Bluetooth Driver (3.0) 7.01.000.18 57.3 MB 2010/10/19
Bluetooth Atheros Bluetooth Driver 6.04.002.3 71.1 MB 2010/04/26
Bluetooth Broadcom Bluetooth Driver (3.0) 6.3.0.6000 59.0 MB 2010/10/19
Bluetooth Broadcom Bluetooth Driver 6.2.0.9407 57.7 MB 2010/04/26
CardReader Realtek Card Reader Driver 6.1.7600.30113 8.0 MB 2010/04/26
Lan Broadcom LAN Driver 12.4.1.0 127.2 MB 2010/04/26
TouchPad ALPS Touchpad Driver 7.5.2002.1309 8.5 MB 2011/06/13
TouchPad ELANTECH Touchpad Driver 7.0.6.5 37.9 MB 2011/06/13
TouchPad Synaptics Touchpad Driver 14.0.19.0 29.4 MB 2011/06/13
VGA ATI VGA Driver 8.713.1.0 121.7 MB 2010/04/26
Wireless LAN Atheros Wireless LAN Driver 9.0.0.163 23.5 MB 2010/04/26
Wireless LAN Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver 5.60.350.6 20.5 MB 2010/08/09

this is from the Acer site,

which driver do I need?
csimanbanned#7
just insert the recovery disk you made and its straightforward from there
aj84#8
You need all of them :- )
A few are duplicates ie: wireless etc so you'll need to check whether you have the Atheros card or the Broadcom, or the Intel etc

As for backing up, both methods WILL wipe your drive so you will lose everything
Backup pictures, documents, music, videos, any downloads, favourites, outlook files if used etc
4711#9
I made the recovery disc when the PC was already slowish.
Or are there options to choose when using the recovery disc?
Do I simply insert the disc or how do I start the process?
4711#10
Thanks for the info.


aj84
You need all of them :- )
A few are duplicates ie: wireless etc so you'll need to check whether you have the Atheros card or the Broadcom, or the Intel etc

As for backing up, both methods WILL wipe your drive so you will lose everything
Backup pictures, documents, music, videos, any downloads, favourites, outlook files if used etc
aj84#11
the recovery you made is usually at that point in time rather than a clean one from the original image but I could be wrong
In both cases, it is a case of putting the CD in, and hopefully your laptop already boots from CD first in which case just watch the screen

it may just go straight into the recovery (if recovery CDs are used) otherwise you will see a press any key to boot from cd ... line - at this point, you have 5-10 seconds to hit a key to start the process.
aj84 1 Like #12
If it doesnt boot from CD first, you will need to change this first - you can do this usually by hitting F12 when switching the laptop on - you should then get a screen to select where you want to boot from first...CD is obviously what you want
oddballjamie 1 Like #13
Before formatting it's always worth running some anti-spyware software and checking you don't have loads of toolbars installed.
059 1 Like #14
You will need to backup all personal files and pictures you want to keep.

If your laptop still has it's recovery partition, try F11 during intial startup, this will restore to factory defaults from the hidden partition no cd necessary but you will lose everything on it.
4711#15
oddballjamie
Before formatting it's always worth running some anti-spyware software and checking you don't have loads of toolbars installed.

Good point, what is a good anti-spyware scanner?

The thing is, Google chrome is okayish , but the Explorer simply takes forever.
One thing I noticed, not sure if its just me, but when using Google search on Explorer its slower then using Bing. Not sure if its Bill or just my slow computer.
csimanbanned#16
you sure you havent got a recovery partition installed on original OS load?
4711#17
When I bought the acer there was a pop up window, recommending to burn a back up software, which I did... 6month later.
csimanbanned 1 Like #18
4711
When I bought the acer there was a pop up window, recommending to burn a back up software, which I did... 6month later.

Acers have loads of bloatware when new ime.

best thing then is download the original OS and re-install using the original key (after backing up your data of course).
olympians#19
Get a really strong electromagnet and remove the outer casing of the laptop. Lay the magnet on top of the hard drive, (you should be able to tell it apart as it should have a Sata cable leading to the motherboard and feel like a brick for it's size). At this point you should switch on the electromagnet and begin to move it in a circular motion around the casing.

It is important that you move the magnet ANTI CLOCKWISE. Making sure to do a complete circle around the outer edge, this process should be repeated 7 times, no more or no less.

This process is used by IT professionals across the globe to improved the performance of hard drives and their capacity (of course this is limited in extent). The secret is only just slipping out into the consumer market and it is a garunteed way to improve the capacity and remove any useless programs while keeping those you use safe.








I seriously hope after reading that you realise it was all terribly badly written satire, and as such I believe you already have recieved the best advice possible from the wonderfull users above. Goodluck :{
MisterNecro#20
You should delete system32 as this will revert your PC back to it's factory settings.

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