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Cannot access full factory restore

The option to RESTORE to factory defaults is not available probably due to dammaged files...
The alt + F10 when restarting doesn't work and the empowering technology app doesn't give me access as it should - and so there seems to be no way to access it - seems like I'm cut off from that resource and no doubt, I need to restore my computer.
I wonder what I can do to access the full factory restore without purchasing the $30.00 full factory restore CD....
I would appreciate any valuable tips to fix this if possible...



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  • tiptop505 Dec 11, 2008

    Thanks for the tips.
    I need to do the restore because I noticed that I cannot access it as I normally can do (probably dammaged files) and also noticed something strange as I verified the system restore panel: it won't allow me to back beyond 2 days... that's strange, I had many, many choices before. And so, with this Acer using Vista home premium, the application (Empowering technology - recovery icon missing) that comes with it no longer allows me to access the factory defaults either...!  It seems strange, but it looks like dammaged files or maybe it's a virus... I'll check this possibility also.


    I still think that recovery cd's should be shipped with the computer as it was before. But now with these new machines, they put the full factory restore on a partition and in my case, I can no longer access the option. I know it's not expensive, but I think they should include it with the purchase. Now I have to wait 2 weeks to get it. Or they could have posted a "patch" on their support site that would fix this issue. Anyways, it seems we are not so devoted to our clients these days... (Acer)... I'm sure there could be an easier solution when you need it fast. I would have preferred a "download" on the site which the Empowering technology application and then a simple re-install would set things in order. After that, I could access the factory restore and not need to wait 2 weeks... anyways, I don't want to sound like I'm complaining...! 


    Somebody told me to format the C drive (OS drive) and reboot the computer and then when there is no OS installed, the factory restore launches... but without this advice from someone who really knows what they are doing, I won't go ahead and try this! Then I'll be 2 weeks in trouble with no computer. At least, now I can run vista satisfactorily.

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Open up your Control Panel (in Start menu), click on 'Performance and Maintenance', then in the left-hand column click on 'system restore'. On the system restore screen choose 'Restore my computer to an earlier time' and follow the directions to go back as far as you want.
I'm curious why you need to do this, though. If it's because of a virus, make sure the virus is gone or your problems wilkl just come right back!
I would certainly consider ordering the manufacturer's recovery CD's any way in case the hard drive ever goes bad. It's cheaper than a anew set of 'Windows' CD's. Good Luck!

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