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Well the computer has been repaired 3 times in 2 years. 2 times of redoing to XP..The third time was the hard drive being replaced. Then was formated to XP again. Now, I don't have a restore point due to the thing being so messed up. How can i redo my computer to factory settings. I think its formatted to Windows XP server pack 3 now. Which is kind old.

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Hello there.
sounds like you have had your hands full. Unfortunatly it is not going to get any better when they formatted the harddrive you lost every thing that was on the harddrive including any factory settings. the service pac 3 that you see is the latest service pac that is out now. about the only thing that you can do is contact acer's techinal support to see if you would be able to get a cd for the computer, it would have the factory settings and operating system on it, ok sorry to hear about the problems that you are having and i hope that i have been able to give you some kind of help.
best regards mike

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When the flash drive is inserted and is still detected Kingston, flash drives can be repaired and the data can be saved.

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For Win XP, second way
Insert the flash drive - open the HP Drive Key Boot Utility - Next - select flash drives - Next - select Backup/Restore - Next - click Restore - click browse, open file C:\Program Files\Compaq\hpdkbu\ flash\initrd.img - Next - wait until the process is complete.

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Insert the flash drive - double click cp006049.exe - for example, extract to C:\HP Drive Key Boot. Open folder C:\HP Drive Key Boot then double click file hpdkbu.exe - Next - select flash drives - Next - Create New or Replace ..., select Next - Next select Hard Drive - Create New File system, select Next - wait for the process is completed - Select Next - HP firmware Flash ..., select Next - wait for the process is completed - finish. Then, quick format the flash drive.

For Win Vista & 7, second way
Insert the flash drive - double click file hpdkbu.exe - Next - select flash drives - Next - select Backup/Restore - Next - click Restore - click browse, open file C:\HP Drive Key Boot\initrd.img - Next - wait until the process is complete.

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