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27 Oct 2010   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Oh yes yes!
Thanks alot guys!

Dont mind if i just ask A FEW more questions ;p

What's the difference between creating a system image and creating a new, full back up?
My friend told me that it's wiser to back things up often. But the only way i can back things up is to a Dvd right?
And trust me, i do search the internet about all these queries but it fails me ):

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27 Oct 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If it was me, I would just get a full DVD from a friend, or various other sources...or try to buy one from Acer. Then, you can do a fresh install anytime you need to, using that disc. If you use the COA license key on the bottom of your computer, it will activate just fine. I've done this for 10+ family and friends, and never once had to call in an activation. I gave them all a copy of the full disc to keep.
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27 Oct 2010   #13

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TOFU View Post
Oh yes yes!
Thanks alot guys!

Dont mind if i just ask A FEW more questions ;p

What's the difference between creating a system image and creating a new, full back up?
My friend told me that it's wiser to back things up often. But the only way i can back things up is to a Dvd right?
And trust me, i do search the internet about all these queries but it fails me ):
You can back up on anything that has a storage facility. I have my os backed up on my network drive and also have all my work files on there to keep it safe although it does have to be bigger than 5gb in size. Your friend is right, if you have work you don't want to loose back it up as he suggested.
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27 Oct 2010   #14
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Many tech enthusiasts find a clean-copy DVD of their OS version and reinstall using the OEM Product Key on the COA sticker on machine. Any installer can also have all versions unlocked using the ei.cfg removal tool. Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Make your Recovery DIsks or save a Windows 7 backup image of the entire HD first so you have a path back to factory condition. Then wipe the HD of all code: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation before booting the Windows 7 installer to clean install: Clean Install Windows 7

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device.

Install updates and then programs slowly over time to gauge performance after each. Don't let any programs write themselves into msconfig>Startup as they become freeloaders on your RAM/CPU and can spy on you. I only allow AV and gadgets. http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...-msconfig.html

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials which works perfectly with Windows 7 Firewall. http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner then Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers monthly. CCleaner - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
Auslogics Disk Defrag - Reviews and free Auslogics Disk Defrag downloads at Download.com
Auslogics Registry Defrag - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Then save a Windows 7 Backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD or replacement using DVD or Repair CD. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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28 Oct 2010   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

What you guys mean by clean-copy DVD of OS? Because i wasn't given the installer cd.

What if i back up on my D drive?
Will it be erase when i reformat my com?

Can i say that restoring the Windows back to the factory setting is as good as reformatting the com?

Thanks alot!
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28 Oct 2010   #16

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

hi and welcome to the forum
does the pc not have the acer recovery management system for you ? click the start menu orb and in search box type acer and see if a management program is in the results.

OR

Click “Start” menu.

Click “Programs.”

Click “Acer Recovery Management.”


Read more: How to Restore an Acer Computer to Factory Settings | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4478845_rest...#ixzz13dUumIIA

if not go here

Service & Support

if you go to the website and look up SERVICE & SUPPORT and click on DRIVER DOWNLOAD and punch in your acer model number and look up APPLICATION
you should see software for your machine
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28 Oct 2010   #17

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

this is my Packard bell management software i am sure acer do it to considering they are part of the same company.

try here for the Acer eRecovery Management

Acer EMEA - Service & Support, Empowering Technology

Download Acer eRecovery Management 4.05.3003 - UpdateStar.com


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28 Oct 2010   #18

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

You have been given a lot of good advice and I will throw in my two cents worth.

Always make your recover disks.

I am not sure the version of your Windows 7 will make images or not; that you can check. If it does have that capability, it works great at making images so that they can be restored in case of problems.

If it does NOT have that capability then I suggest an imaging software such as Acronis. I use Acronis simply because it seems a little faster than the built in imaging software.

Get yourself an external hard drive and create the image(s) to the external hard drive. Before creating the image, it is a good idea to make sure you are making the cleanest image possible by cleaning up your computer by deleting cookies, temporary internet files, History, remove all restore points except one, and defrag. One other note is the computer should be running without any issues when the image is made.

This assures that at any time you can go back to this image and have a good running system.

Hope this helps.
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28 Oct 2010   #19
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

As an owner of an ACER desktop my summary suggestions (not radically different from the above):
1) Make the 2 Recovery DVDs as soon as possible. Technically it should not matter when, but ACER say straight away. These disks are essentially a copy of your hidden recovery partition on your hard drive (~8GB).
2) Read the tutorials about system images and backups.
3) Decide what trial software to keep and ditch the rest via uninstall. If you want to get rid of McAfee trial it's best to use the McAfee removal tool (MCPR).
4) If you have problems recover back to the factory state. Use the hidden partition:
Start>All programs>Acer>Acer eRecovery Management .....follow the bouncing ball. Just be patient when it starts recovery.
5) When you are happy the system is stable, install your applications
6) Make a system image (a couple would be better) to an external HDD.
7) You can do a clean install as per the Gregrocker advice at any stage but it will probably overwrite the recovery partition. At that stage I don't think it matters.
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