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Reboot changed-Vista Premium -Acer

by have?? / January 22, 2008 10:28 PM PST

I just got a 2 GB USB Flash Drive (Cruzer). What ever I was doing the computer
froze and I had to shut it down and restart. I did not think to
take unplug the USB drive first. On reboot it tells me the Boot record
changed and to press F1 or Del...., so now I have to press F1 for Windows Vista to start. Is there anyway short of restore I can start
normally? Assuming this worked on Vista, just read the system requirements...does not list Vista. But it seem to work.

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by Dango517 / January 22, 2008 10:52 PM PST

If you have the Operating System installation disk(s) load them on the first/BIOs screen. Once loaded choose the language you want then a scan runs then on the next screen in the lower left corner choose repair. On the next window choose restart repair. This should fix it.

There is also a restore option here as well but before you use it we'll try something else if the first method fails.

Let me know.

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Reboot changed-Vista Premium -Acer
by have?? / January 23, 2008 1:03 AM PST
In reply to: Yes

I don't think they include a Vista Backup disk when I bought this
computer in Aug 2007. Do you think I should just go ahead and restore.
I just installed Adobe Movie Maker yesterday also. I don't mine reinstalling that.

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by glenn30 / January 23, 2008 1:23 AM PST

Trying a system restore would be the first thing I would do. Maybe solve your problem without further effort. If not then you may need to do a System Recovery. Most likely Acer did not furnish a Vista disk as such and instructions were given you on how to make a Recovery Disk. If you have not made the disk then it's important to do so now before you loose the entire operating system.

Always back up your data first in case something should go wrong.

Hope this helps.


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Reboot changed-Vista Premium -Acer
by have?? / January 23, 2008 1:28 AM PST
In reply to: have??...

How do I make a recovery disk?
Thanks for helping

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You should...
by Willy / January 25, 2008 8:24 AM PST

I just got a Acer notebook, so I provide the basic info: This is also provided by the manual.

Use the eManagement recovery s/w(pre-loaded). Launch it and allow it to size up the system. Follow the prompts, just hit next. It should then provide the ability to backup/burn/restore. Select the type you want of backup, likely as in orginal brought condition, etc.. This will take sometime and make sure you have the CD/DVD's needed. Since, you problems be sure you resolve any issues before backing up ortherwise, you may just backup the problem as well. Hopefully, this info isn't already provided in the thread string. good luck -----Willy

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Reboot changed-Vista Premium -Acer
by have?? / January 23, 2008 1:39 AM PST
In reply to: have??...

I just when to system restore.....when it ask if I wanted to restore
etc.etc. the NO was Highlighted instead of the yes, Why.....I have not
seen it that way before I had Vista? Is that unusual? It that the way
all Vista Window's do?

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Sorry, but I cannot see your computer...
by glenn30 / January 23, 2008 2:35 AM PST

I have no recall of seeing such as you describe. So if you cannot change the "No" to a "Yes" then it seems to me you are left with using your Recovery Disk. Bob has already referred you to a discussion that covers this for Acer... its relatively straight forward but I have never made those disks using an Acer machine.

I hasten to add you should make a backup of your data before attempting to recover your system. Once you have made the Recovery Disk and Backed up all the data you cannot afford to loose then start the process by using the disks you have made.

Good luck!


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Acer Recovery
by have?? / January 23, 2008 3:11 AM PST

Bob, When making a recovery I choose Factory Settings or
Current Settings they called Snapshot in the selection?

Factory takes 7 DVD Disk

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I made both.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2008 3:29 AM PST
In reply to: Acer Recovery

And then I duplicated the set. Here is was 8 DVDs total.


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Acer Recovery
by have?? / January 23, 2008 5:35 AM PST
In reply to: I made both.

Thanks, all this Vista stuff is new to me and I don't want to
do something wrong and I like to know what to expect.
I will get some more DVD disk, I assume DVD-RW or DVD-R ?

I will make 2 copies - 14 disk Right?

Thanks for everyones help.

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I'm big on backup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2008 6:50 AM PST
In reply to: Acer Recovery

Nothing like a spare...

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Have Just Created Recovery Disk....
by tobeach / January 23, 2008 3:18 PM PST
In reply to: Acer Recovery

from new Acer BUT with Home Basic not premium. Guess you got something for the extra money. Made first set from "factory default" took 2 DVD-R disks (much cheaper than RW's)! Probably includes bloat-ware. Will create new ones after finish setting up final
environment (deleted bloat & alt browser etc). Good Luck! Grin

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I was able to aquire a back up disk from HP
by Dango517 / January 23, 2008 8:27 AM PST
In reply to: Yes

for around $15.00, it arived in two days and fits on a single DVD disk and it is came without all the bloatware.

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Disk from HP
by have?? / January 23, 2008 9:05 AM PST

So they sold you the whole back-up disk?
it would be nice to have one all on one disk. Would
Who would I contact ACER or Mirosoft to ask for a back-up disk?
I have only had this computer 5 months. I got it at Office Max.

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How about this
by Dango517 / January 23, 2008 9:46 AM PST
In reply to: Disk from HP
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eRecovery CD Purchase
by have?? / January 23, 2008 2:26 PM PST
In reply to: How about this

Thanks I will try, if not burn alot of disk huh.

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have??... Make your own recovery disk..
by glenn30 / January 23, 2008 10:59 PM PST
In reply to: eRecovery CD Purchase

from the system at hand. You do not need to buy anything from Acer. Only order from them if it's free. Happy


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Make your own recovery disk..
by have?? / January 23, 2008 11:13 PM PST

I will give it a try. I was reading on Vendor-built Computers pitfalls
to make a recovery disk? Will the product Key always work even if you
download or add any other hardware to your computer? Would I have to
make another recovery disk?

If I can get a hold of ACER will they want the product KEY, I did
register with them, would they have it?

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On HP computers the key is on a tag attached to the
by Dango517 / January 23, 2008 11:46 PM PST

computer tower. Unless you've pealed it off it should still be there. It's usually on the rear of one of the side panels.

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recovery disk..
by have?? / January 24, 2008 12:10 AM PST

Hey, I got a hold of ACER support they are going to send me a
recovery disk it is on 2 disk. For a total of 22.82, I would spend
more buying disk plus not as many to keep up with. I did find
the Product #, thank-you.

Another ?, is there a time out setting on Vista somewhere I can
change? I have never had any problems with my mail before (Outlook Express) I can not even get 2mb's without it getting struck and have to go to web-mail and try there. I called the provider support and he said turn out Norton Virus for scanning email, I did that and it did not help. On downloads of any kind I have to start over and over, it
just seems to stop downloading. Is that a Vista Problem?

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How much RAM memory do you have?
by Dango517 / January 24, 2008 4:00 AM PST
In reply to: recovery disk..

Vista needs at least 2GBs of RAM. See..Start> control panel> system. On this screen see RAM. What does it say? It should say 2047 MB if it says less then to the store you go. It will run much better after you install more RAM. It does cost some money.

If you need it, read this:

An informed shopper is a wise shopper.

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1791 MB
by have?? / January 24, 2008 11:27 PM PST

Are you saying this is why I'm having a problem with mail getting stuck or downloads that just stop, has nothing to
do with my server or Visa setting?

I have 1791 MB - 4400 + 2.30 GHZ. So would it help if I uninstall
some programs?

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long period of inactivity
by have?? / January 24, 2008 11:40 PM PST

I have a good example this morning, receive 3 message in Outlook
still receiving....Error Message- Your server has unexpectedly terminated the connection. Possible causes for this include server problems,
network problems, or a long period of inactivity.
I went to Web Mail and had 2- 1,312kbs,4,456.kbs view there.Then delete them for other mail to get thru.

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I think you may be asking and anticipating...
by glenn30 / January 24, 2008 12:05 AM PST

questions that may never occur. My experience is once the recovery disks are made and you start recovering your system to new as it came out of the box everything is pretty much automatic.

I think a lot of what you worry about will never occur. As they say do not make a "mountain out of a mole hill". Wink

Just try it! Backup, backup first(data files)! Answer to your last question... once you have made the recovery disk another is not needed. Keep that one for future use if ever needed... as someones else has said you may wish to duplicate the recovery disks for added security. You should be fine with one copy though.


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recovery disk..
by have?? / January 24, 2008 1:57 AM PST

Glen, Thanks.........But how did you know that was my
MO....making mountains out of mole hills Happy

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Ha, Ha!
by glenn30 / January 24, 2008 2:49 AM PST
In reply to: recovery disk..

I could read between the lines Wink Best of luck to you... looks like you have it whipped now! Grin


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