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No recovery disc made and formated harddrive

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Win8/win7

    No recovery disc made and formated harddrive


    I bought a brand new Acer Aspire xc600 today and it had win8 installed. First thing me and my husband did was to try to install win7 (as we dislike win8 for many reasons)... When it didnt work with just putting in the cd and install, we (stupidly without making recovery discs as we thought we would never need it) formated the drive and made it completely clean before installing win7 (which works now). This means we have no win8 recovery disc or E-recovery management program and therefor cant do factory reset and return this piece of crap pc... (We play world of warcraft and my 7year old pc has only been updated once when it comes to graphic card to geforce 9800 and still perform better outside the game).

    The performance test of the whole system give the graphics a lousy 5.0 which is worse than my husbands 3yr old graphic card as well! Only numbers that have increased is the RAM and CPU.

    I feel disappointed as the graphics card should be better than mine or my husbands and have better performance even if its the "laptop sized card".

    So to the issue, is there a way we could restore/reinstall the computer to factory settings with win8 and Acers drivers as it was when we started it up earlier today???

    Please help me,

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2
    Win8/win7


    Or maybe someone can explain how to improve the quality and performance, we turned of aero and tried to optimize it but nothing seems to help really... The desktop looks somewhat grainy and not really clean and neat as with my very much older PC.
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  3. #3


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


    You will probably find the 8 product key is in the bios. You should be able to install from a w8 install dvd, if you can find one.

    Sad to be stuck with a poor machine.
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  4. #4


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


    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

    You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:

    https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer
    or
    Acer | Recovery Media
    Check in Accessories
    or check the main web site.
    Acer Worldwide - Select your local country or region
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  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Newer isn't always better. If it doesn't have a dedicated Video Card and is only using the integrated graphics performance may suffer. You may be able to allocate more or your system RAM to the onboard graphics though a BIOS setting. That may help but a better option is to go out and buy a dedicated video card. Just remember, if you cheap on that dedicated card it may end up not being much better than the integrated graphics you have now.
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  6. #6


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Have you updated the drivers with those from the Acer site?
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No recovery disc made and formated harddrive
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