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Very slow computer

Hello, I just want to recover?reformat my hard disk on the Acer aspire T120E computer as it is very slow. I have the two original disks. no 1 says system cd, no 2 says recovery cd. I put them in the cd drive and nothing happens, i cant get them to work!!!
i have been told to restart and press F2 or F12 to boot from cd but, again nothing happens. I have Mcafee working in the background and Roxio easy media creator 9 which has drag to disk app working. Any conflicts here?
I just want to start aain from scratch and cant.
can u help?
Cheers Kev Keay

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  • evertonkev Jan 20, 2008

    Many thanks but I dont have the windows installation cd as it was preloaded at the factory

  • evertonkev Jan 20, 2008

    wow America!! Thanks very much but it DID bring up the bios screen asking for the boot situation but despite highlighting this it wnet straib=ght to my sign on to my profile screen. I will now try the other suggestion of the program you suggested. gulp!!!

    Hope it works otherwise I wont be able to log onto aol to thank you

    Ttfn KK

  • keith Jan 22, 2008

    hi can anyone help me i have a acer aspire t120epc and i am trying clean and start again can anyone tell me how to do this...i have cd 1 that is a system cd and cd2 that says recovery cd...i am not sure what to do.......

  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2008

    acer Recovery CD

  • hnmgibbs May 11, 2010

    RegCure is a free download only. You pay for it if you want your system cleaned.



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F12 should take you to your boot order not to the BIOS config screen, F1, F2, Del, or ESC (depending on your motherboard) will take you to the config screen so you can setup to boot from CD first. F8 will not help you in this situation as it will only give you Windows boot options like safe mode, safe mode with network, enable logging.... so yea throw in the cd and pound away on F12

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I think the person who told you to press F2 or F12 did this to get you into your bios so you could change the boot order. While windows is running, put your recovery cd in the cdrom & just restart the pc. As your Pc begains to startup press the F8 key every two seconds. This will bring up what in known as the boot menu. You can choose which device you want to boot from, for this situitation pick the cdrom & the cd will begin to run your recovery program. There are other ways of getting your system to run like a new install. One is run a program that will clean your entire drive. Like this program & it's free.
After a good cleaning run windows Defrag. By doing this you will not loose any of your personal data or current updateds.
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You can reformat the hard drive when installing windows. In order to get this done you will need a bootable windows instalation cd. Just start the computer and press f12 to select boot from cd. When the windows instalation starts, among the first things it will do is to ask you how to reformat the hard drive. In order for this to be shown however, you will need to boot the cd when you start the computer instead of running it from windows. Make sure you copy the files you don't want to loose to another hard drive or usb stick before you attempt this. Once you allow the windows instalation cd to format the drive you can't recover anything from it, and a new, fresh copy of windows will be installed with factory defaults.

If you need more informations please reply.

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