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\015 Hello,\015\012\015\012I have an Acer Aspire 4730z Laptop. It initially came with Windows Vista 32 bit home premium. I wanted to try Windows 7, so I wiped everything off the hardrive and installed it Windows 7. All was well. Now I wish to system restore it to factory settings and am having alot of trouble.\015\012\015\012I apparently deleted a hidden partition that is needed for system recovery. I was told by Acer I needed to purchase there recovery cds and I bought them.\015\012\015\012I put the first one in (system disk) and it went fine, asked me for the second (recovery disk) and I got this error: "restore failed - reason 0xa0000002"\015\012\015\012Things Iv'e tried:\015\012I read I had to partition the hardrive and make it ntfs. I did so with gparted. Tried it again and it still does not work, got the same error.\015\012\015\012I tried using Acer's DiskFormatDT V1-1D.iso and Acer's HD Initial.iso. They work at the start , then ask me for the recovery cds, at that point it reboots, and says non bootable cd is in the drive.\015\012\015\012I contacted Acer about the problem and they were no help. They pretty much said they don't know all problems and this was one of them.\015\012\015\012Any help is appreciated.\015\012\015\012Claudia\015

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Yes Claudia you are right. When you wiped the hard drive you deleted the partition that contained the systen restore (factory restore). You will have to purchase a new copy of Vista. It will not contain all of the other programs that came with your computer originally.
\015\012Before you installed Windows 7 it clearly states that you have to back up your system before you install it on your hard drive.
\015\012Why didn,t you keeep windows 7, if I may ask? If you made a copy of it (which you had to do when you insatlled it) reinstall it and use it. Microsoft will let you purchase it for $50.00, which is a lot less that what it will cost you to purcase Vista Home Premium.
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