Over the next few weeks, I will be looking at using the built in recovery tools that come with a new Windows 8 PC. In this first series, we check Acer’s built in recovery software, which is used to create recovery media or start the recovery process for reinstall Windows 8 if needs be.
1. Go to the Start Screen and type: recovery
This will bring up the recovery link for Acer. Click on it to launch Acer’s Recovery program:
Acers Recovery Management app
This will launch the Acer Recovery Management. Here on screen, you will see several options, which includes:
Restore Factory Settings – this will restore your computer to its defaults factory state like it was when you first got it.
Customized Restore (Retain User Data) – Restores only the operating system to factory defaults. Your personal files are preserved with this option.
The third option reinstalls the drivers and applications that came with your Acer computer.
At the bottom of the window are additional options, which allows you create a backup on an external media device such as a USB thumb drive or DVD.
You can use this as a backup option in case your drive fails. I suggest you do this, so for instance, if you move to a larger hard disk or change to an SSD (Solid State Drive), you can reinstall Windows 8.