When you need to recover part or all of the files on your
Acer Veriton M460 desktop computer, Acer makes it easy to do by offering a
built-in recovery program called eRecovery Management.
This option uses clean operating system files, usually
stored on a separate partition of your hard drive, to correct errors or return
the system to its original factory settings.
You can also use this program to write separate hard copies
of the eRecovery program onto CDs or DVDs in case of hard drive failure.
Create Backup Disks
If your M460 did not come with separate recovery disks, and
many machines don't in recent years, you can create your own through "Acer's
eRecovery Management" program located under the "Start" menu.
Click on "Backup," select "Create Factory Default Disk" and
follow the on-screen directions.
The program will inform you of the number of CDs or DVDs you
need and help you through their creation.
Recovery with Disks
To use your created disks for recovery, place the first disk
in the optical drive and reboot the system. As it boots, hold the "ALT" key and
tap "F10" repeatedly until the computer boots and you see a screen titled
"Starting Acer eRecovery."
You will see three options for recovery: to factory default,
from user backup or from CD/DVD. Choose the option you desire and follow the
on-screen directions to initiate the recovery sequence.
Recovery from the Hard Drive
Since Acer places the eRecovery Management program directly
onto the computer, you can run the recovery option while in your desktop.
Open the "Acer eRecovery Management" program under the
"Start" menu and click "Restore." You can choose to restore the computer to
factory defaults and lose all the personal data stored on the hard drive or
only restore the operating system and leave your data intact.
Select "Yes" on the confirmation screen and then "OK" to
start the program.
Recovery Vs. Restore
When performing computer problem solving, the term
"recovery" is often used interchangeably with the word "restore."
In some cases, "recovery" can mean to simply correct
problems, such as replacing corrupted operating system files with good ones.
The term can also refer to "recovering" the system to its
fresh-from-the-factory state, which is what "restore" means as well.
Restore Drivers or Applications
Acer's eRecovery Management program also offers the option
to reinstall drivers or applications, which could become corrupted or damaged
This option allows you to replace the current drivers for
your Windows operating system with the ones originally installed on your
Under the "Restore" tab of the "Acer eRecovery Management"
program, click "Reinstall Drivers or Applications" to see the content list and
select the files you'd like to recover.