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Re: how do restart to factory settings-acer aspire 3680
Usually there is a factory image stored on the hard drive and you when you restart your system you hold down either the F8 Key or F10 Key and this should start the recovery wizard. Then you should be on your way
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How to restore your computer to factorysettings without a disk? If original andfairly new: While Booting Up.
Dell XP = Ctrl+F11 Dell Vista = F8 EEEPC = Esc Compaq = F11 HP Desktop Vista = F11 Emachine = F10 Acer = Alt+F10
Every manufacture has or uses different Function Key combinations to do a Factory Default Recovery. Also if it didn't come withdisks there is normally a program in the menus to create your own set of recovery CDs. This must be done before you ever putanything on the recovery partition d:, if you used d: for anything you need toremove what you put there or the recovery will not function.(As soon as yourcomputer is turning on press the F10 key and it will take you to the systemrecovery screen, click on the advanced option and click Destructive recoveryand click next. WARNING: before doing this backup anything on your computer youwant to keep pictures, videos, music etc. This will delete everything that didnot come pre-loaded from the factory, so if you have pictures of Aunt Fae'sClass reunion you should probably back those up if you want to keep them.)
It is possible that either the new components are not fully compatable with your notebook computer or the components are not making good contact with the rest of the system. Ensure that all components reciently installed are full seated and secure.
It would be a good idea to check that the components that you reciently installed into your notebook are in fact not the reason for the failed boot. Install your old components to confirm this. If for instance the notebook functions well after reinstalling the old components then you can say that the new components are not functioning in your notebook effectively.
Claim warranty support on these new components if this is the case.
save anything important to a disk or usb drive. restart your computer and press alt f-10, it will start the system restore process to reset your computer to factory settings...erasing whatever viruses you have. although im guessing you were told this by a anti-virus software company that loaded itself onto your computer and wants you to buy their software to get rid of the viruses..its a scam..they put the viruses there in the first place. once you reset your comp, you can go to cnet.com and download avg antivirus free edition. that should take care of those kinds of things.
Look underneath for a tiny hole and the words reset, if you find it use something preferably not sharp or likely to break ie. an unfolded paper clip poke it gently into the hole and you should be OK.