It may be necessary at times to restore an Acer PC to its factory settings
. This can be done easily with a utility called Acer eRecovery Management
. With this utility, it is possible to restore the settings to factory settings or to the settings of a custom image stored on the hard disc. Before changing settings, it is important to create a backup of the Acer PC settings
to prevent data loss. All changes related to software or hardware can be done through Acer eRecovery Management. It is recommended you follow the instructions and guidelines provided by the Acer eRecovery Management utility to restore an Acer PC to the factory settings
ACER PC Restore to factory settings
Acer eRecovery Management provides a quick, reliable and secure way of restoring your computer to its factory default settings or a custom system image from an image stored in a hidden partition on the hard disk on a secondary partition or on optical disks. Acer eRecovery Management also provides a convenient utility to save system settings, applications and data on the hard disk or optical disc.
Run Acer eRecovery Management
- Click on <Start > then <All programs> then run < Acer Empowering Technology> and <Acer eRecovery Management> :
- Click on the icon Acer eRecovery Management in the Acer bar displaying on your desktop.
- Then the Main window, Acer eRecovery Management, appears.
- Note: During the launch, Acer eRecovery Management will ask you to create a password for saving files. Just follow the instructions to continue.
Copy the Acer factory default backup disk Image
During the initial launch, a notice will appear which will ask you to copy the image which will be saved in a hidden partition of your hard drive to an optical drive.
Insert the optical disk in the drive and click the OK button to start burning.
Create backup of the system
You can create a complete backup image of the current system configuration including applications, drivers and data. Create a full backup before installing new hardware or software applications to protect your data and your system.
: Create a full backup will erase the backup file previously saved on the hard disk. By default, the utility saves the backup image on the second partition on the hard disk. If space is insufficient, the option is dimmed and a warning appears. Saving the image on the hard disk provides a simple system restore, without the need of optical discs.
Create a complete backup
- Click on the Backup button below in the window, then click create.
- Select full backup then click next.
- Choose a description for the backup image then click next.
- Then a window will appear to close all applications - select Yes, then click on Next.
- The backup process is starting.
- A message will appear when the backup process finishes or if fails.
Creating an incremental backup
Instead of a full system backup, you can create an incremental backup image of the current system configuration to save space. Regular incremental backups are recommended to protect your system and your data, especially before installing new hardware or new software. You can create multiple backups.
- Click on the backup button at the bottom then click create.
- Select Incremental Backup (fast), then click next.
- Then follow the other steps as in the previous section.
Erase a backup point
You can erase a backup image which was created to free up spaces on the hard drive. A message will appear asking for confirmation when you select this option. Click Yes to erase the backup image.
Using the option "Burn Disk''
- 1- Click on the button Burn Disk.
- 2- Select an option in the burn disk window option. Then refer to the description given.
Burn a backup disc with the factory default settings
This utility creates a backup disk containing the factory default settings.
Burn a backup disc with the parameters of user
This utility copies the backup image of the user on an optical disc. You can restore the system to the desired backup using this disk.
Copy the current system configuration to disc
This utility copies the current system to the optical disc. This option creates a temporary backup of the current system without replacing the previous full backup.
Burn a disc backup software
This utility backs up all the applications and drivers to the optical disc.
Restore the system
The Restore function allows you to restore the system using images of factory default settings, images of backups, backups of system and applications copied to CDs / DVDs.
- 1 - Click the Restore button.
- 2 - Select an option from the Restore window. Please refer to the description of the options below.
Restore system to factory default settings
Select this option to restore the computer to its original state. All previously installed programs and data stored will be lost. When this option is selected, the computer will restart and restore the system from the image on the hidden partition on the disc.
Restore system from backup user
Allows you to restore the system using the most recent backup image. When this option is selected, the information in the backup image will appear below the option.
Recover the system from CD / DVD
This option allows you to restore the system using the backup image on the optical disc. When this option is selected, the computer restarts from the optical disc. The utility asks you to insert the backup drive if it is not already inserted.
Re-install applications / drivers
This option allows you to reinstall a damaged application or device driver. Acer eRecovery Management extracts the data from the hidden hard disk partition. This may take a few minutes and can disable the keyboard and mouse to ensure system stability.
Other means of System Restore
If the system can not boot, you can restore it from the WinPE environment. The system starts from the hidden partition on the hard drive. To begin the restoration, press Alt + F10 (PC Tower) or F10 (laptop) to boot the PC when the ACER logo appears. This will start the system from the hidden partition the hard drive and you access its main page. The restoration will be on partition C:. The partition D: (ACERDATA) will not be formatted, and therefore documents will not be deleted but it is always prudent to think about making a backup of your most important documents.
Note: You will be asked to enter the password before the System Restore starts. If you enter the wrong password three times, the computer will restart into the operating system.
You must enter the password to access the main page of the hidden partition. The main page of the hidden partition provides three options to restore the system:
- 1 - Restore the system to factory default settings: Select this option and then enter the password. The utility will restore the system from the image of the factory default settings on the hidden partition on the hard drive. When prompted, confirm the system restore. A message will warn you that you will lose all data on the disc. The utility then restores the system to its original state.
- 2 - Restore the system from backup user: Select this option and then enter the password. The utility restores the system from the image of the user on the second partition on the hard disk. When prompted, confirm the system restore. A message will warn you that you will lose all data on the partition. The utility then restores the system to safeguard the most recent user.
- 3 - Restore the system from the CD / DVD: When this option is selected, insert the first disc of the backup in the optical drive. Confirm System Restore when prompted. A message will warn you that you will lose all data on the partition. The utility will restore the system from the backup image on CD / DVD. Insert the other disks when prompted.
: If you are trying to restore the system to its factory default settings stored on CDs / DVDs, Acer eRecovery Management prompts you to insert disc 2 to start.
No Restore CD / eRecovery / password / ALT + F10 or F10
- 1 - Recovery of password for data on the hidden partition PQSERVICE
- A - Install the software R-Drive Image to create an image of this partition (this file has the extension. ARC)
- B - With this software, always create a virtual disk logic to see the files
- C - From the desktop, go to the newly created virtual disk and find the file aimdrs.dat. The open with the notepad and get the password.
- 2 - Reactivating the ALT + F10
- A - Find two files on the virtual disk that has been created: mbrwrwin.exe and rtmbr.bin.
- B - Copy these 2 files to drive C: \
- C - Type the following command: mbrwrwin install rtmbr.bin
- D - The function has been reactivated.
- 3 - Start of Restoration
- A - At start-up, check the set-up to make sure D2D is enabled.
- B - Once the audit is complete and the PC has restarted, simultaneously press ALT + F10 to start the restore utility twhen the ACER logo appears.
- C - When it asks for the password, you need to type one found in the file aimdrs.dat
- Note: If the operating system does not work, it is possible to do this from another PC by connecting the hard drive or USB slave
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Original article published by Le queniau
. Translated by jad05
. - Latest update by Paul Berentzen