Having problems with your Acer Aspire 3690-2196 Notebook ?

I want to take my acer 3690 back to when i bought it

\015 When i bought my acer 3690 a couple of yrs aho it had xp,i put the free vista upgrade on i got with it,i want to take the laptop back to when i bought it but dont know how to,i rang acer and they said they wanted \302\24350 to do it lol,surley they must be a way to do this myself i did not make a recovery disc which i shoud have done please help me get my laptop back to original os i have looked all through laptop and cant find the acer recovery programme or wot i do find wont work\015

Answers :

When you first switch on the Laptop before it gets to the loading windows screen, just after the bios options try pressing ALT and F10... If that doesnt work have a look if there is an option in the Bios to turn on the Recovery option, after setting that to on, try pressing ALT and F10 again...

You should be able to load the recovery partition and that should have an option to restore the PC, failing all that try a Boot CD which has some Boot Managers on there, using the boot manager, try booting directly to the recovery partition :)

Most Acers have a hidden recovery partition built in, the CD is used if the Partition has been modified or if you have changed the drive, etc then you wont have that partition, if you have just installed windows on the normal Vista partition, then that hidden recovery partition should still be there, you just need to boot to it :)
There is no way to roll back from Vista to XP. If you still have an XP CD Key you can re-install using a windows disk of the same type using your code. All the drivers should be downloaded first to a CD from the manufacturers web site. Plus any data you would like to keep.
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