i need assistance in formatting my accer laptop

September 17, 2016 at 02:07:07
Specs: windows 8, 2.16/4gig ram
how to format acer Aspire Es1-512.
After installing Windows 8.1 my touchpad cursor can display in the screen again .so have tried formation again to install with Windows 8 but no function key seems to work
Have tried Alt -f10, even F8 but no change ..
Someone should help

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September 17, 2016 at 02:20:02
Is there a recovery partition?

You appear to suggest the system was initially deliverd with win-8 and you upgraded to win-8.1; is that correct?

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September 17, 2016 at 07:02:24
Formatting means to setup a file system on a drive to allow it to store data. During formatting, all previous data on the drive is lost. It is not the same thing as installing an OS...it's a step in the process of installing an OS.

Please explain exactly how you you are going about formatting the HDD & then how you are going about attempting to install Windows. What happened to prompt this reinstall?

From Acer:

1. Press and hold the Power key for 5 seconds to power the system off completely.
2. Press the Power key to turn on the computer.
3. Press the Alt and F10 keys at the same time when the Acer logo appears on the screen. Your system should boot to a blue screen that says Choose an option.
4. Select Troubleshoot.
5. Click Reset your PC. This process will erase all data on the your system. Choose the Refresh your PC option if you want to restore your system and retain your data.

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September 18, 2016 at 08:41:20
Be aware (another reminder) that (re(formatting) will erase all your data; so first ensure it's all copied to external storage before reformatting or even doing any form of restore. Even if the option for a partial restores claims it won't affect dat - safeguard data first by copying to external storage. Typically DVD at least, and/to an external harddrive too is nice(r).

Even if system won't boot, or you can't access data with the mouse (or via keyboard combinations) this can be done via Linux DVD boot. You can use ubuntu variant to this end. ubuntu.com - download the ISO and burn to a DVD. Boot with DVD; and then once booted up locate data and copy etc...

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