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I need to do a fatory restore/reset on my acer aspire laptop because it has many problems. My son used it withot permission and now I can't even get desktop icons up without "ctrl alt del, new task, control" I have moved house three times since purchasing the acer and cant find the restore disks. I also have a toshiba and you can restore by holding the zero on startup. There must be a way to restore without the disks PLEASE HELP ME Tanks Sue

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Hi Sue
Kids are great aren't they? The magic combo you are looking for is alt and f10 (thats the f10 key - not f, 1 and 0). You need to press down the alt key and f10 simultaneously while the ACER screen is up.

The manual for your laptop can be found at this link. http://www.scribd.com/doc/2505575/Acer-Aspire-Laptop-manual

The instructions for the recovery are located on page 25. There is also a notice there that disk to disk recovery must be enabled in the bios for it work. The instructions are there to verify if this is so. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

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After turning off the computer and disconnecting the AC adapter, take out the battery (different from the CMOS battery).

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Lift up the switch cover and remove the screws securing the keyboard to the PC, if any are visible.
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