Re-installing Vista on an Acer Aspire 7720 with no install disks

Posted by kypoth-Alex on Oct 12, 2009 in How To Fix ..., Software |

I recently had a customer’s Acer Aspire 7720 which needed Vista Ultimate re-installing on it. As is the case with many new computers, he had no install media provided with the laptop.

Luckily, Acer do provide a factory default image on a hidden part of the hard disk on the computer. When you install this, your computer is returned to an out of the box condition. You can access the recovery partition in two different ways.

If you’re still able to use Vista on the computer, go to the Acer Empowering Technology application (the long green strip). Find the eRecovery option and follow the prompts to do a factory default recovery. This will completely wipe your computer’s C drive so make sure your data is backed up in a safe place.

If your computer won’t start Vista, you can access the recovery partition by pressing ALT + F10 when the computer is first switched on and you see the Acer bootup screen. Follow the prompts but again, this will completely wipe your computer’s C drive so if you have important data that needs backing up, contact me or your local computer repair company to see if anything can be salvaged.


Jul 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I have an Aspire 7720, won’t start Vista, but ALT+F10 does nothing. Is there another way to get to the Acer Bootup screen?

Aug 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm


I had this once – it can happen if a vanilla copy of the OS has been installed and the Master Boot Record has been changed from the original factory install. Providing the hidden partition has not been removed, you will need to edit the MBR to allow the F10 – have a look at the link below or Google “acer alt-f10 not working” for some more results.

Read through the thread above and it’ll seem quite complicated, it’s not really, once you’ve got the util required it’s pretty straightforward.

Good luck.


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