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Old 10-22-2013, 10:10 PM   #1
Missmayemaye
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How To Reset To Factory Settings


My boyfriend bought be an Acer Aspire one about 2 years ago. When he gave it to me it already Ubuntu on it. I know next to nothing about computers. I'm giving my computer to my sister for college and have no idea how to reset it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 
Old 10-22-2013, 10:15 PM   #2
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Please explain what you mean by reset?
 
Old 10-22-2013, 10:27 PM   #3
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Howdy!

Most new computers have a way to return a system back to the way it was new (OEM state). That is if this is what you mean.

If you have the original disc's like DVD or some CD's you can usually boot the computer to the disc and it will allow you to return it. If you don't have the disc's you can usually pay a small amount for new ones.

Some computers have a way to boot to a "F" key to select some restore method. Best to get the owners manual online for such tasks.

The question is do you want to return it to Windows or leave it with Ubuntu for your sister?


Dumb question, where is the boyfriend?
 
Old 10-23-2013, 09:10 AM   #4
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This appears to be a laptop. Usually they have a hidden partition on the drive which contains the original factory system. Hopefully when Ubuntu was installed it did not get rid of that partition. To access that, you need to enter into their recovery menu.

Read the first response from dodger46 in this link for instructions how to enter into this utility

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/71...oad-start-menu
 
Old 10-23-2013, 11:30 AM   #5
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Assuming that Ubuntu came with the computer could be erroneous.
You "may" need an Ubuntu disk if the Recovery Partition
1.) Doesn't Exist, or
2.) the recovery process installs Windows.

Either way, I'd download a recent LTS version of Ubuntu
and burn it to CD/DVD/USB

32 bit or 64 bit would have to be chosen.
If you can manage to open a terminal and type these 2 commands:
Code:
lsb_release -a
arch
and reply here with the output of those 2 commands, it could help us help you make a decision on 32 vs 64.
 
  


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