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How to Restore Computer to Factory Settings Using Acer eRecovery

When a computer is dead because of software malfunction or operating system failure, there are numerous solutions that can be attempted. Ultimately one of the solutions is to restore the computer to its original state also known as factory settings. This article presents the steps for performing the factory restore using a special partition that comes on Acer computers (we have no affiliation with Acer, but just wanted to make this help note available. If your Acer Veriton computers have a recovery partition, you can launch the eRecovery tool by following these steps.

  1. Power down the computer. If necessary, you can force the computer to power down by pressing and holding the power button until all the lights are off.
  2. Power up the compter and then immediately press and hold the Alt and F10 keys on your keyboard.
  3. After a short moment, the should startup and offer you the choice of booting from a specified partition.
  4. Press enter and then follow the prompts after eRecovery is launched.

Once your system is up and running, you can consider restoring a backup of your system as long as you are sure you would not be reproducing the problem (e.g. putting an infection back on your computer).

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Disk Management

Windows – Change Drive Letters and Paths…

If you are like me, there are things you do not think you will ever need until you actually need them. This is what happened when I found myself needing to claim the J: drive letter from WD Unlocker that had claimed it.

Where I work, we have assigned J:, among many other drive letters, to a specific network shared folder. But somehow, Western Digital’s WD Unlocker program wanted that very J: letter…

Alright, long story short, a I had to claim the letter back after assigning a different one to that letter-thieving software. Here is how:

  1. Open Disk Management. One way of doing it is to Run diskmgmt.msc
  2. Right mouse click on the volume that has the letter you need
  3. Click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  4. Select the drive letter you want to rescue
  5. Click Change
  6. From the dropdown list select a new letter you want to assign to the mischievous volume. Please review some precautionary measures in your choice of letters.
  7. Validate the choice, and boom!

You are done! The captive letter is no longer captive.

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How to Change Drive Letter and Paths on a MS Windows 7 or a MS Windows Server 2012 R2 system.  Image source: http://www.windowsfaq.ru

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