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  • sweetneszz Apr 22, 2008

    no i dont know how to go about rebooting it, i need instructions please

  • sweetneszz Apr 24, 2008

    just need intruction how to reboot my acer aspire 5050, cause there is a warning saying to reboot it, so i want to reboot it to its factory settings,but i dont have the disk, so i need instructions how to do so

  • sweetneszz Apr 24, 2008

    just need intruction how to reboot my acer aspire 5050, cause there is a warning saying to reboot it, so i want to reboot it to its factory settings,but i dont have the disk, so i need instructions how to do so

  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2008


    My ACER PC

    When i turn it on it says

    A disk read error occurred

    Press Ctrl+alt+del to restart

    Can you help me

    what do i do??????

  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2009

    i dont have a disk to restart my computer


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LOL @ the above post!! Restoring factory settings is not at all that complicated, as long as the person attempting it is somewhat Windows savvy. You do not have to attend college to restore or reinstall an operating system. Knowing your way around your OS and an understanding of device drivers is all that is required.

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Do you mean it's running and you cannot reset it,
or is it dead and it won't boot?

If so, is it dead dead, or does it boot part way ?

Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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    Martin J Stadler Apr 22, 2008

    From windows:

    1) Click: Start ---> Turn off computer --> Restart


    2) Press Control-Alt-Delete (all three keys at once)
    to bring up the task manager, and then click
    on the shut down menu

    3) Press and hold the POWER button for several seconds
    until the PC shuts down. It will eventually.

    Please note that option 3 will not allow any active applications
    to shut down properly and save open files. Also, any pending
    hard-drive write back cycles will not get written, causing the
    risk of data loss.

    Windows may also report an improperly shut-down hard drive
    the next time it re-boots, just be patient and let windows fix it.

    Option (3) should only be used when the computer is totally
    crashed/frozen and no other method is possible.


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    Martin J Stadler Apr 25, 2008

    Hi, just to alleviate your confusion:

    There is a BIG difference between "re-booting" and
    "returning to factory settings"

    1) Re-booting simply means to re-start the machine,
    with the latest settings in tack. This is sometimes
    required when you install a new program or device
    driver such that the new program needs to replace
    files or settings that are protected by windows.

    By rebooting the machine you re-initialize memory
    and re-start Windows, giving the installing program
    a chance to finish its installation BEFORE windows
    security comes up.

    This is NORMAL behavior when installing programs.

    2) Another reason to re-boot (restart) the machine, is
    when and application program crashes due to poor
    programming, causing windows to malfunction or

    This is what you do to get out of trouble.

    There are two kinds of reboot: Soft or Hard reboot.

    3) Soft Reboot: is like asking windows to re-start itself:
    During soft reboot, windows will orderly shut down all
    programs, save all data to disk, finalize all disk transfers,
    and then re-load itself.

    Soft reboot is the preferred method, because all data is
    saved and there is no corruption of the hard-drive index
    structures (as in directories and file allocation tables)

    To perform a soft Reboot:

    a) Hit the ESC key to abort and close any open
    Pop-up messages and windows.

    b) Close all programs by clicking on the "X" in the top
    right corner of each window. Save files if necessary.

    c) Click on START, "Turn off Computer'

    d) Chose re-start

    (This assumes that you are running windows XP,
    the menus may be a little different for VISTA
    but the action is the same)

    e) Another way to do a SOFT reboot is to press:
    Control-Alternate-Delete (CTRL-ALT-DEL)
    at the same time.

    i.e. use 3 fingers and simultaneously press the
    three keys on the keyboard.

    This will bring up the task manager, which has
    a shut-down menu command.

    4) Hard re-boot is a measure of last resort, because
    data is not saved, hard disk transactions are not
    finalized and the disk index structures may be
    corrupted upon re-start.

    While this is not desirable, it is not as terrible as it
    sounds because Windows is able to recover and
    automatically repair the damage in most cases by
    scanning and repairing the disk index structure
    when it starts-up again. Just be patient, and let it
    do its thing.

    Hard reboot is ONLY indicated when the machine
    crashes, refuses to do a soft-reboot, or freezes
    and won't respond to any of your commands !

    To do a HARD reboot on a DESKTOP you hit the
    reset button on the main box

    On a laptop, you press and hold the power button
    until the machine shuts off. Then you turn it ON again.

    Pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL, all three keys at once will
    also HARD re-boot the machine during the early stages
    of system start-up, before Windows is loaded.

    Doing the same from Windows will launch the program
    manager as described above.

    5) Restoring the machine to factory settings involves
    erasing the hard drive and re-installing windows.


    This is an involved process that should be only done
    by someone who knows what they are doing.

    Re-installing everything is a destructive process,
    causing the loss of all updates, settings,
    application programs and sometimes user data,
    such that everything has to be re-installed,
    taking anywhere from days to months.

    This is only indicated when the operating system
    (Windows) has been hopelessly corrupted or infected
    by viruses that cannot be removed by other means.

    To re-install the system on a desktop requires (many)
    setup disks, skill and tons of time.

    To revert a laptop to factory conditions can often be done
    by activating the "restore" sequence from a hidden back-up
    partition on the hard drive, by pressing a special key
    (or key sequence) at the right time during system start-up.

    This process takes several hours, and you loose absolutely
    everything you have done since you bought the PC, including
    all OS updates and added device drivers.

    This is the ATOM BOMB approach to fixing your computer.


    Finally your computer is not a toaster or a calculator that you
    can simple re-set. It is a complex device which contains
    thousands of programs systematically installed in layers
    and configured for your needs.

    Some times the computer needs to be re-started with a
    SOFT reboot or perhaps a HARD reboot.

    Re-installing everything is not something you want to even
    remotely get involved with. Its like re-building your engine
    on your car.



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