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  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Wiping windows 8


    I got an Acer Aspire one AO756-2626 for a few bucks with a broken screen. It also has a login password. The external monitor kicks in only when I'm in the login screen, so I am not able to enter bios and boot from USB. If I enter the boot menu, would I able to wipe windows clean? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You will probably be best extracting the contents of windows install media onto a partition, then booting that up to format and install. If that is what you are trying to do ?

    Not clear if you are using efi or bios ?
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    If you can get to a login screen try this... on the login screen there should be a "power button" symbol bottom right.

    Keep the Shift key held down and right-click on the power button and select Restart.

    This should get you to the Advanced Start Up menu. You might be able to do something from there?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8


    I'm trying to wipe windows clean and remove the password in the process. The problem is that I would have to do it blind.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Depending on the answer to this question:
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Not clear if you are using efi or bios ?
    the Shift-Restart trick I mentioned above may get you into the BIOS settings (if it's efi).

    What happens if you try that and then follow this tutorial?
    UEFI Firmware Settings - Boot to from inside Windows 8

    Edit: on my old (BIOS) laptop, I ran it with a monitor connected, and when I booted into Safe mode (again from a Shift Restart), it briefly showed me the BIOS screen on the monitor as well when I came out of Safe mode and rebooted, so it may be helpful for BIOS PCs as well. I suspect this depends heavily on the laptop motherboard though.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you are trying to do a factory restore there is a specific key you press during bootup to access that function. If you download the owners manual for your model it will tell you how to do it. I don't know what key it is off of the top of my head.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8


    Wish it was that easy. I may get lucky booting from USB. All PC's I previously came across always show picture as soon as they boot. This one only shows it once in Windows Logon. Is it possibly to create a recovery disk on one PC to use on this one? Both are running windows 8.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX View Post
    Wish it was that easy. I may get lucky booting from USB. All PC's I previously came across always show picture as soon as they boot. This one only shows it once in Windows Logon. Is it possibly to create a recovery disk on one PC to use on this one? Both are running windows 8.
    YES, If the PC is running Windows 8 x64 in UEFI mode.

    But you will need to boot the CD/DVD/USB from the One Time Boot Menu, which is DISABLED on ACER PC's
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    which is DISABLED on ACER PC's
    That is convenient.

    Just try tapping a variety of keys - try DEL to start with , tap it every second after you see the oem picture.

    Maybe you need to hold DEL key down.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Enabling the boot device menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Acer
    On most Acer systems, you can use the F12 key on boot to select the drive or network from which loading the operating system. In case the F12 option does not work, you may need to enable this function.

    SOLUTION

    Enabling the F12 function:

    1.Power on the system. As soon as the first logo screen appears, immediately press the F2 key, or the DEL key if you have a desktop, to enter the BIOS.
    2.Press the right arrow key to select Main.
    3.Use the arrow keys to navigate to F12 Boot Menu, and press ENTER.
    4.Select Enabled, and press ENTER.
    5.Press the F10 key to save changes and restart the system.
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