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Difficulty Restoring Acer Netbook to Factory Settings

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#1 Charlie Justice

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:15 PM

I loaded Windows 7 Ultimate onto my netbook a while ago, and decided that I want to restore it back to factory settings to run Windows XP on it again.

The model is the Asus Eee PC1005HAB. It was purchased earlier this year at Best Buy.

The instruction manual tells me that to do this, I must first disable "Boot Booster" in the BIOS, which I have done.

According to the manual, the next step is to press F9 during bootup. This is supposed to bring up a screen with a check mark button to "start system recovery," but no such screen comes up. Instead, a screen comes up titled "Windows Boot Manager." This screen offers 3 choices"

Windows 7

"to specify an advanced option, press F8"

Tools: Windows Memory Diagnostic

None of the "advanced options" seem to lead to using the partition to restore the computer to factory settings.

I have also tried the advice in the laptop sticky for restoring Asus Laptops:
"hold the “Alt” key and press the “F10” key simultaneously to start Acer eRecovery"

and that brings up a screen titled "edit windows boot options for Windows 7" and doesn't do anything.

Also, since I disabled "Boot Booster" in the BIOS, Windows 7 has consistently failed to load, even after I enabled the Boot Booster again.

I would try using the Recovery CD, but the netbook has no CD drive and I don't know anyone with an external one. I'd rather avoid paying 50$ for one just to restore my computer to factory settings, if possible.

Thanks ahead of time for your help!

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#2 SpitfireXavi


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Posted 29 June 2010 - 06:44 AM

You might have erased the recovery partition upon the install of windows 7. I would suggest if you can to pull the hard drive out of it and put it in another laptop, recover it, then put it back in the Asus.

#3 Charlie Justice

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 08:46 PM

So put it in a laptop that has a cd drive, then use that CD drive to use the CD to restore it?

I'm pretty sure the hidden partition is still there, I remember pressing F9 on startup after installing Windows 7 and the little check mark screen came up that was supposed to, I just don't know how to get to it now.

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