How Can I Format an Acer Extensa 5420-5687?

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How Can I Format an Acer Extensa 5420-5687?
Format your laptop to resolve stability issues. (notebook + OK image by Bartlomiej Nowak from Fotolia.com)

Formatting your Acer Extensa 5420-5687 laptop to restore it to its original factory settings is an easy way to clean up your laptop and start with a clean slate. If your laptop has become unstable, formatting the hard drive and reinstalling the operating system will restore the system files that have been deleted or corrupted by viruses. Formatting the laptop may also resolve any hardware or software problems you are experiencing.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Restart the Acer Extensa 5420-5687 laptop. Hold down the "Alt" key and repeatedly press the "F10" key. A screen will appear telling you the Acer eRecovery program is starting. If you do not receive this message and the laptop boots up to the Windows home screen, restart the laptop and try again.

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    Press "1" to select "Restore system to factory default." A note will appear on the monitor warning you that formatting and restoring your laptop to the original factory settings will erase all of your personal data and programs on the hard drive. Click "Yes."

  3. 3

    Click "Next" to begin the formatting and recovery process. When the formatting and recovery process is complete, the laptop will restart and will boot up to the Windows Setup screen, where you can personalise and set up your copy of Windows.

  1. 1

    Restart the Acer Extensa 5420-5687 laptop. Press "F2" repeatedly while the laptop is booting up until you arrive at the BIOS Setup screen.

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    Highlight "Boot" using the arrow keys, then press "Enter." Highlight "CDROM" using the arrow keys, then press "Enter" to set the laptop to boot up to the CD-ROM drive. Insert the recovery CD that came with your laptop, then press "F10" to save your BIOS changes and exit the BIOS Setup screen. The computer will restart and boot up to the Acer Recovery program.

  3. 3

    Press "1" to select "Restore system to factory default." A note will appear on the monitor warning you that formatting and restoring your laptop to the original factory settings will erase all of your personal data and programs on the hard drive. Click "Yes."

  4. 4

    Click "Next" to begin the formatting and recovery process. When the formatting and recovery process is complete, the laptop will restart and will boot up to the Windows Setup screen, where you can personalise and set up your copy of Windows.

Tips and warnings

  • Save your personal files to a removable device, such as a flash drive, CD or DVD disc, or external hard drive before formatting. Also, make sure you have the installation discs and passwords or pass codes required to reinstall any programs you want to install.

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