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Netbook goes straight to system recovery Windows 8

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March 13, 2013 3:21:37 PM

I have an Acer Aspire Netbook with no rom drives.

When it starts up it boots straight into system recovery, but says it is unable to fix the problem.

I formatted a USB stick to boot, Win 7. But, my current laptop I'm using to fix the netbook is x86 Windows Vista. The netbook is Windows 8 x64 and the Windows 7 is x86. Not sure if any of this would make an issue.

When I open boot manager, it only shows network boot v6 and v8. I've already set CMOS to:
USB HDD
USB CDROM
HD
CD-ROM
BOOT MANAGER
NETWORK BOOT v6
NETWORK BOOT v8

Is there anything I can try? Or any way around anything I'm currently doing (because it is not working).

Any help would be great!
March 13, 2013 7:14:58 PM

What do you mean by ROM drives? Do you mean optical drive?

Did the netbook come with a recovery partition?
http://techtips.salon.com/erecovery-acer-aspire-netbook...

You cannot repair Win 8 with Win 7.

Before you run a recovery, I recommend you boot into an OS such as Ubuntu, from your USB. Recover any files you need to, then do a re-install.
March 14, 2013 10:41:35 PM

Proximon said:
What do you mean by ROM drives? Do you mean optical drive?

Did the netbook come with a recovery partition?
http://techtips.salon.com/erecovery-acer-aspire-netbook...

You cannot repair Win 8 with Win 7.

Before you run a recovery, I recommend you boot into an OS such as Ubuntu, from your USB. Recover any files you need to, then do a re-install.


Yes, I meant optical.

I wasn't trying to repair with Windows 7, I was trying to replace Windows 8 with 7. But, I seem to be locked out and can not boot from USB flash drive.

I'm not worried about any of the files on it... just want to be able to use it.

I tried running the recovery (rather forced to run recovery) but it doesn't work and just reboots then does it all over again.


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March 14, 2013 10:56:51 PM
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I think what you are experiencing is NOT the system recovery but Windows trying to repair itself.

Booting from that hidden partition on your hard drive will NEVER be done automatically. You have to tell it to boot by following the instructions in the link I gave you.

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Restoring the System Fully

In the event of a complete crash, press "Alt" and "F10" during the system's startup (as soon as you press the power button) to enter eRecovery mode. This returns your system to its factory settings, erasing all programs and personal files in the process. Only use this method as a last resort, when all other troubleshooting steps have been exhausted.
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