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Image or Ghost my pc

I have had a major lifestyle change and I need to "clean" my computer. I don\'t want any remnants of **** on my computer and I am not savvy enough to completely remove all that **** from my acer computer. there are 3 profiles on my computer. one is the one my father set up one is mine and one is a guest account. I want administrative rights on my account. I need to clean the memory of **** from my computer.

However I have documents for school and things that I would like to keep like all of my music. how do I back up these files and "wipe clean" the rest.

I also have no money for downloads or for products.

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  • tinamariek Oct 23, 2008

    it is an acer with windows vista

  • tinamariek Oct 23, 2008

    Thank you so much! This has been a real Godsend. I have three questions though.

    1 What is an ethernet? Is it a what is plugged into the back of my old desk tower type of pc? Does it look like a phone jack/wire?

    2 Where can I double check that I have all drivers? You said I could use "this link" (in the second paragraph after step 8)

    3 Where would my Acer model # be?

    Thank you again. I will post again after I have finished going through all of these steps.



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What type of computer is it?

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    fixyaixya Oct 23, 2008

    If you have been watching pron on your computer you probably have viruses. That stuff destroys computers and I don’t know how many times ive had to reinstall windows on my friends computer because of that… Every one of my friends that I do that for I tell them… Ill do it for free this time but next time ill charge you cause im not your mommy that has to clean up after you… If your computer runs perfect… just delete everything, uninstall all programs you don’t want and defragment your computer. Run a virus scan… download adaware free and run the program. And be on your way… If your laptop runs like **** which it probably does watching porn on it… read the following.

    PLEASE KEEP IN MIND! This process deletes ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING! Including any programs you might have installed like adobe, or Microsoft suite. So don’t be surprised when you reinstall windows and there are no programs on your computer… Just FYI before you do this. I would not recommend you try this unless you are some what tech savy. If you are not go find some geek to reinstall windows and im sure they will do it for a cheap price. But please don’t go to geek squad… they rip people off… you would be better off buying a new laptop then dealing with those guys…

    1st. take everything you want to keep and put it on a cd. If it wont fit on a cd put it on multiple cds. This is the only way your going to safely transfer your files. Be careful about what you take cause viruses like to interweave them selves to other files some times… So only take what is important.

    2nd download a version of windows vista installation off of limewire or ares or any file sharing network. At this point you wont have to worry about viruses since your about to wipe your computer. You don’t need to worry about piracy as you have your own vista serial number that should be located on the bottom of the laptop on the authenticity sticker.

    3rd. Print these directions out because once you do the wipe you may not be able to access this again until the process is complete.

    4th. Put the vista installation on a cd. Make sure it is not compressed.

    5th. Place the cd in your cd player on your laptop. You might get a screen that asks you if you would like to repair windows or do a fresh install. If you do that is a good thing. Do the fresh install. If this does not happen, restart your computer with the cd in the drive. When you see the acer logo come up, depending on your system you wil have to hit 1 of the following buttons. (F2, F8, or F10, or F12 or delete). Anyways, you are looking for the boot menu. In the boot menu you will find an option to boot from a cd or disk. Click that option. (try each F button until you find this menu. You may have to restart a couple times if you don’t get it the first time.)

    6th once the process starts it is pretty self explanatory. MAKE SURE! That you delete any partitions that are left on your laptop. Some viruses can partition a hard drive and hide there so that your system can not see it. You will see what im talking about. Now select the hard drive and install windows. Now you wait and answer and questions during the install.

    7th. Now that was the easy part. The hard part is getting all of the drivers installed back onto your computer so that everything works properly. What you will need to do is connect your laptop with an Ethernet as your wireless no longer works until you install the driver for it. Basically every piece of hardware that is installed on your computer need a driver to work correctly… example: bios, chipset, wireless adapter, video, sound, etc…. pretty much everything. SO!!! This process is very important and must be done correctly.

    8th. Go to the ACER website. They have a downloads and support section… Go there and look for drivers and downloads. You should be able to look up what computer you have and it will list out all the drivers you need. Download these drivers in order from top to bottom. Hopefully, they are smart enough to put them in order that they should be installed. Download the first then install. Download the second then install… If any of the installs asks you to restart do just that.

    There you go. After that is all done your computer will probably run better than it did when you bought it. SO NO MORE PORN!

    Just incase acers website does not give you the drivers you need this link will provide you with all of the specs on your computer. This way you know exactly what drivers you are looking for. In the case that your comp is different im sure you will know… but the rest is pulled by spec of your system. Hope this helps and good luck. This process should take 30 min to 2 hours depending on your level of expertise.

  • fixyaixya
    fixyaixya Oct 23, 2008

    also, if you use mozilla firefox as a browser instead of internet explorer you wont get viruses quiet so much. it has a spam / virus / adaware / spyware blocker. it is awesome. so use it and dont click on anything dumb.

  • fixyaixya
    fixyaixya Oct 24, 2008

    Aspire 3680 Laptop/Notebook 80GB 14-WXGA Vista HomeBasic 9980286710 PC Notebook >

    I was assuming that this was your note book. This was in the title.

    go here for a list of the drivers your computer recommends... You may not need all of them... if you dont have a camera or wtvr you wont need the driver for it and that goes for the rest of them... if you are not sure what you have or if you need it... install it anyways... it wont hurt anything.

    yes the ethernet looks like a phone cord but its bigger. you need to use that instead of wiresless since the wireless needs a driver.

    once all the windows install is complete go to the website and install the recommended drivers on the website for your model. Im assuming its the Aspire 3680?

    If this info helps you please rate. Thanks.



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