|This link will take you to the Acer site for everything to do with that model Aspire; including the manual…|
click on the documents tab, and you can download a simple – get you started version – and a slightly more detailed one…
In the more detailed one – page 87 – you will find this:
Restore and recovery
The restore and recovery features allow you to restore or recover the system
from a factory default image, from a user created image, or from previously
created CD and DVD backups. You can also reinstall applications and drivers for
your Acer system.
1 Press <Alt> + <F10
or select Acer eRecovery Management from the Empowering Technology toolbar to
start Acer eRecovery Management.
2 Switch to the restore and recovery page by selecting the Restore button.
3 Select the backup point you would like to restore from. You can also choose to
recover the system from a factory default image, recover from a previously created
CD/DVD or reinstall applications and drivers.
4 Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
From which you can see it’s press Alt and then F10 (holding Alt at the same time).
You can also download a recovery disk image at the above link. Go the Applications section and look for eRecovery second from the bottom). If it’s an ISO file… you have it to a hard drive; then you have to burn it to a CD/DVD (a DVD is likely better).
But if the laptop is essentially working as is… I’d just go for the standard Alt + F10 routine…
Any applications that were not included in the original installation will be lost when you reset the laptop to factory gate state. The recovery (to factory state) will simply rebuild the system to as it was when delivered.
need more help folks here will do their best to help you. And when you have reset it to factory status...- post back and let us know how you dun it, and also to verify a couple of other things you may need to know about (mostly anti-virus and such like...)