To reset an Acer Aspire to factory settings, start by saving all the files and data. Remove any existing peripherals and attached hardware. Turn the computer off, and restart it. Enter the Setup menu, and select the option to reset the computer to factory defaults. Reload all your programs, and restore all your data.
- Save all the files and personal data
Restoring the system will erase all the personal data, so it is critical to save all data onto a separate jump drive, an external hard drive, DVDs or in the cloud.
- Remove all peripherals or external hardware
Some examples of peripherals to remove include a printer, speakers, a webcam, any sort of gaming devices and other such devices. Leave the keyboard and mouse attached, since those devices are needed to proceed with the reformatting.
- Turn the computer off, and start it again
Shut the computer down completely. Then turn it back on. When the Acer logo appears on the screen, hit ALT and F10 at the same time. This brings up the Windows boot menu.
- Restore the factory defaults
In the eRecovery Management menu, select the option to Restore Operating System to Factory Defaults. A warning will appear that all data will be destroyed; acknowledge that. This restoration process takes several minutes. The computer reboots itself automatically when the process is complete.
- Reinstall the programs, and upload all stored data
Reinstall all the software programs onto the computer. Reattach all the peripherals and the software needed to run them. Upload the stored data from external drives and from the cloud.