Even if you do not have the recovery discs that are essential for troubleshooting and reformatting your Acer 5520, there is a partition utility designed to help you perform a Factory Restore. Factory Restore will revert your Acer computer back to the way it was when it was sold to you. Make sure to save everything that you want to keep to a USB drive or to DVDs, because nothing but a freshly installed operating system will be there after you've reformatted your computer.
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Power on the Acer 5520 laptop by hitting the "Power" button, then hit the "F10" key on the keyboard as it first starts up and the Acer logo shows on the screen. This will take you to the System Restore screen, where you will be asked to enter your password.
Select "Restore the system to factory default settings" from the listed options on that screen, then enter your password once again. You will see a message telling you that you are going to lose any data that may be on the disc, and then the restore process begins.
Wait as the utility fully restores your Acer 5520 to its factory state. The amount of time can vary, but this generally takes a couple of hours.
Tips and warnings
- Re-imaging your Acer 5520s hard drive will cause you to lose all of the information that is currently stored on your computer, so make backups to external sources before proceeding.
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