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Looking for instructions on creating self booting recovery disc

I like to create a back up image after doing an install. I would like to find instructions on how to make it self booting so that software used to create image is not required.

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I use a program named Paragon Backup 8.5 which does 'hot backups' . I alternate between two external drives. One always creates a startup CD. This program writes in ISO format and can restore your computer to where it was when the lights went out.even if you have to install a new hard drive. This may not be the solution you are looking for but it works for me.

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Windows8 back to Windows7?

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Turn it on, keep pressing F12 before Windows logo ( you do that when you see the manufacturer's logo not the Windows logo)
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Select and press Enter on the option to boot from CD/DVD
Then click on Install now and follow the instructions
To remove Windows 8 and install Windows 7, you'll have to deal with the partitions**
For option b (it's only possible if you have created a recovery image of your system before Windows 8 upgrade):
Do what's in the images:
To get to this screen go to Control Panel and search recovery
In this image you see 2 types of recovery options, as you know we are on the option b), so you'll need to choose the first type of recovery options Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer.***

**You'll need to make an unallocated space to which you're going to install Windows 7 in.
***This option is only usable if you have created a system image before upgrading to Windows 8.

Note that both of these processes may result in data loss, so please be sure to backup all of your data.

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I have benq combo cb523b my problem is combo not writ dvd

Hi Dear,

First Install the burning software and then try to write the DVD, may you have try to burn without burning software.

Click hear and get the Burning software, see the instruction of mention below.

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    Supports recording from command-line and BAT scripts for automating routine actions.
    Supports CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, BD-R/RE and DVD-RAM media, including high-capacity double-layer media.
    Supports UDF (Universal Disc Format 1.02-2.60), Bridge and ISO9660 (Level 1-3, Romeo), including Joliet Unicode extensions.
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Mar 31, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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I'm looking for a recovery disk for my MSI ms-1013 notebook.

unless you made one or you were provided with an installation disk

Turn Off the computer, now as soon as you hit the power button, keep on holding "Alt" key & keep on tapping "F10 key,ie: Alt+F10, it will open the recovery console ,select full factory restore and follow on screen instruction. (Note:this will erase all datas on the computer)

Note: The Microsoft Windows XP CD is a bootable CD and in many cases you should not need a bootable floppy diskette. Booting from the Windows XP CD will allow you to not only install/re-install Windows XP but will also allow you to troubleshoot it.

Create MS-DOS bootable diskette

When formatting a floppy diskette, users have the option of creating a MS-DOS startup disk, follow the below steps to do this.

1. Place diskette in the computer.

2. Open My Computer, right-click the A: drive and click Format.

3. In the Format window, check Create an MS-DOS startup disk.

4. Click Start

Create Windows XP Setup diskettes

Microsoft is beginning to phase out bootable floppy diskettes in favor of bootable CD discs and has not included a method of easily creating a bootable floppy diskette in Windows XP or from the CD. However, Microsoft has downloads available for users who still need to create bootable diskettes to install (not upgrade) Windows XP. These downloads can be found through KB310994.

hope this helps you

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How to reset my computer to factory defalts like it was when i got it new?

Use a factory restore/recovery disc if one is provided when your computer is purchase new. Insert disc into cd-rom and change boot priority or if in startup there is a boot option, use cd/dvd rom as first boot priority and follow instruction. If one disk is not provided, with some (branded such as sony, hp, etc) a recovery/restore partition is created within the harddrive, if this is valid, when booting up the computer, there should be a F-key prompting setup or etc.... if there is press that F key and follow instruction. If partion drive is not created for recovery/resotore, then you must create one disc... You can create this disc when in the operating system, go to your start task and in "all program" see if there is any recovery tools or aplication, which is usually your brand application exm.... acer computer has "acer recovery" and use such program to create a restore disc, once disc is created, turn of computer and set your boot prefernce to cd/dvd and then insert your disc and restart your computer, a black screen will be followed and prompt you that it is booting from cd/dvd rom and follow instruction. If one disc or program is not provide, consult your computer brand and have them send a copy of your factory restore disc for a small fee at your own cost.

Jan 22, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How do you restore it

All HP's and Compaqs (as far as I know) come pre-installed with a recovery partition. This replaces the functionality of a recovery CD or DVD, only without the hassle of losing or scratching a recovery CD or DVD. There is one drawback to this method; namely that if the hard drive (or more likely for you) solid state drive gets damaged or erased, you run the risk of also erasing this recovery partition. If this happens, you will need to go to HP's website to order a recovery USB key. Information for ordering a recovery key can be found here. Keep in mind you can only order one recovery key per system, so if you do have to take this route, be sure to create another using the information at the bottom of this post.

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    • If the HP Recovery Manager can access the recovery partition on the hard drive, a prompt to backup the user files before beginning the recovery is displayed. Follow any on-screen instructions.
    • If the HP Recovery Manager cannot access the hard drive to fix any system errors, you will need to use the personalized recovery disc that you created to recover the hard drive to its original condition.
    • If you have not created the personalized recovery disc, or the discs are corrupted, you can order a replacement recovery disc from HP.
  • If prompted to use the Microsoft System Restore program, click No , and then click Next .
  • When prompted, if you want to backup your personal files and settings, select the Back up your files first (recommended) option, and then click Next . Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • When prompted to Recover without backing up your files , please STOP before clicking Next . WARNING: This is the final opportunity to change your mind about recovering the PC and deleting all the files and programs. Once you click Next , the restore process cannot be stopped.
  • If you are satisfied that you want to begin the recover process, click Next . The PC immediately begins formatting the hard drive and destroying all data.
  • The recovery process may take up to several hours and will return the PC to its original condition. Any custom settings, drivers, software programs and updates, and/or hardware updates are lost and must be reinstalled.

    Once this process is complete, you can create a recovery USB drive using the procedures outlined below:

    There are three options for recovering these mini notebook PCs to their original operating system image.
    • Option 1 - Use the Recovery Manager program on the recovery partition on PC. For Windows 7, turn on the power switch, press Esc key at boot followed by F11 key for the recovery menu. For XP, press F6 key for Roxio BackOnTrack utility.
    • Option 2 - Create a personal set of recovery media. For Windows 7 and XP use the HP Recovery Manager to create a recovery image on either a DVD or an 8 GB USB flash drive). For XP, use Roxio BackOn Track to create a recovery image.
    • Option 3 - One-time purchase of the Recovery USB recovery key.
    The USB Recovery key can be purchased from the HP web site. The USB key is larger than normal thumb drive. HP can ship only one USB recovery key per unit.

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    Cant restore acer netbook back to facotry settings did not do backup when purchased

    Recovery procedure for Acer netbooks.

    Important Information

    The Recovery disc will help you to restore the hard drive with the original software content that was installed when you purchased your notebook. Follow the steps below to rebuild your hard drive. Your drive will be reformatted and all data will be erased. It is important to back up all data files before you use this option.

    Restoration procedure:

    1. Press the power button to turn the system on.

    2. Select to boot from a USB optical drive. There are two ways to do this:

    2.1. Press <F2> during the Power-On Self-Test (when the Acer logo is displayed onscreen after bootup) to enter BIOS Setup.

    2.1.1. Select the Boot menu.

    2.1.2. Refer to onscreen instructions to set the first device to any bootable optical disc drive.

    2.2. Press <F12> during the Power-On Self-Test (when the Acer logo is displayed onscreen after bootup), and select the USB ODD from the list that appears.

    3. Ensure the Recovery disc is in an external (USB) optical disc drive, and exit the boot selection menu, by selecting Exit Saving Changes from the Exit menu or pressing <F10>, or by pressing <Enter> as appropriate.

    4. Select Exit Saving Changes from the Exit menu or press <F10>.

    5. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation process.

    6. When you finish the recovery process, please remove the Recovery disc and insert the System disc again.

    7. Restart your computer.

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    You will need a second computer with an ODD to complete this procedure.

    1) Insert the Recovery CD into the optical drive. Plug in a USB/flash drive with a minimum capacity of 1 GB.

    2) Enter the BIOS setup and set the first boot device to the ODD. Save the changes and exit.

    3) Allow your computer to boot up.

    4) From the list of options, select "install2usb".

    5) You will see a list of available disks, select the USB drive you plugged in.

    6) Click the next button to complete the procedure.

    7) Remove the USB ODD and USB/flash drive. You now have the Recovery system stored in your USB/flash drive, for future use if necessary.

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    Turn your computer on.

    Insert the Disk and choose to enter BIOS, should be F2 but watch the screen to see the right function key.

    Change the boot device order to: CD-ROM, HDD in that order.

    Save changes and restart the computer.

    The Recovery Disk would boot up and a wizard will guide you through the recovery process.

    Follow the instructions to recover your computer.

    Apr 03, 2010 | Acer Aspire 3050-1733 Notebook

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    I have an Acer Aspire 5720, ive had it for a year now and it is starting to slow down. I have lost the booklet to it and i need to do a master reset on it. Ive already backed everything up im just finding...

    This was taken straight out of the manual for your model, which can be found here.

    Acer eRecovery Management
    Acer eRecovery Management is a tool to quickly backup and restore the system.
    You can create and save a backup of the current system configuration to hard
    disk, CD or DVD. You can also backup/restore the factory default image, and
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    Acer eRecovery Management consists of the following functions:

    1 Create backup
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    This chapter will guide you through each process.
    Note: This feature is only available on certain models. For systems
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    When using Acer eRecovery Management, you may be prompted to enter the
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    You can easily create full and fast (incremental) backup images of your system
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    1 Press <Alt> + <F10> or select Acer eRecovery Management from the
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    2 In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select the type of backup you
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    3 Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
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    Using the Burn Disc page of Acer eRecovery Management, you can burn the
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    or an application backup image to CD or DVD.
    1 Press <Alt> + <F10> or select Acer eRecovery Management from the
    Empowering Technology toolbar to start Acer eRecovery Management.
    2 Switch to the Burn Disc page by selecting the Burn Disc button.
    3 Select the type of backup (factory default, user, current system,
    application) you would like to burn to disc. Choosing to burn a user backup
    will burn your most recently created backup image to disc.
    4 Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
    Note: Create a factory default image when you want to burn a
    bootable disc that contains your computer's entire operating
    system as it was delivered to you from the factory. If you wish to
    have a disc that will allow you to browse the contents and install
    selected drivers and applications, create an application backup
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    Restore and recovery

    The restore and recovery features allow you to restore or recover the system
    from a factory default image, from a user created image, or from previously
    created CD and DVD backups. You can also reinstall applications and drivers for
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    1 Press <Alt> + <F10> or select Acer eRecovery Management from the
    Empowering Technology toolbar to start Acer eRecovery Management.
    2 Switch to the restore and recovery page by selecting the Restore button.
    3 Select the backup point you would like to restore from. You can also
    choose to recover the system from a factory default image, recover from a
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