How to Factory Reset Acer Laptop 2022

How to Factory Reset Acer Laptop

Do you need to reset your Acer laptop to factory settings to fix problems or improve performance? This guide will show you three ways to complete this task on Acer’s laptop running Windows 10/11.

Although the Acer laptop comes with a reliable Windows 10 system, over time, you can come across a lot of problems. You may have issues with starting up or shutting down, excessive memory usage, performance running apps, battery draining quickly, and many other problems. When any of this happens, resetting the laptop to factory settings will come in handy.

If you’re experiencing persistent performance issues on your laptop, Windows 11/10 comes with various recovery options to reset the system to factory settings keeping or removing your files to resolve common problems and improve overall performance. There’s even an option to use the original Windows image, instead of a custom manufacturer recovery image that may contain some bloatware and settings you don’t need.

In this Acer Laptop guide, we’ll walk you through three different methods to reset your computer to its factory settings without your files or erasing everything.

How to factory reset Acer laptop on Windows 10 using the keep my files option

To reset Acer laptop on Windows 10 to its factory default settings without losing your files, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Recovery.
  4. Under the “Reset this PC” section, click the Get started button.
  5. Click the Keep my files option.
  6. Click the Next button.
  7. (Optional) Click the List of apps to be removed option.
  8. Check the apps that you’ll need to reinstall after the reset to factory settings.
  9. Click the Back button.
  10. Click the Reset button.

Once you complete the steps, the Acer laptop will reset to the factory settings preserving your files during the process.

After factory reset steps

After the reset completes, you’ll still need to check for updates to make sure that Windows 10 on the Acer laptop isn’t missing any security, patches, or drivers, and you’ll need to reinstall some apps.

Checking for updates

To install updates for Windows 10 on Acer Laptop, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the Check for updates option.

Once you complete the steps, Windows Update will download and install any missing updates and drivers (if available).

Checking for drivers

To check for missing drivers after reset, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the tool.
  3. Confirm that there’s not a branch called “Other devices,” which usually lists any missing device driver.

The last thing left to do is to reinstall any app that was previously installed on your computer (if applicable). Then you can start using the device to connect remotely to your office computer, continue doing your business from home, or gaming.

How to factory reset Acer laptop on Windows 10 using remove everything option

To use the reset feature removing everything on an Acer laptop that you use for working at home or gaming, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Recovery.
  4. Under the “Reset this PC” section, click the Get started button.
  5. Click the Remove everything option.
  6. (Optional) Click the Change settings option.
  7. Turn on the Data erasure toggle switch.Quick note: Use this option if you’re preparing the device for sale. Otherwise, if you’re trying to refresh the installation, the default reset settings are more than enough.
  8. (Optional) Turn on the Data drives toggle switch to erase the Windows 10 installation drive and any other storage drive connected to your computer.
  9. Click the Confirm button.
  10. (Optional) Click the Show me the list of drives that will be affected option to see drives that will be erased during the reset process.
  11. Click the Back button.
  12. Click the Next button.
  13. Click the Reset button.

After factory reset steps

After the reset completes, you’ll still need to check for updates to make sure that Windows 10 on the Acer laptop isn’t missing any security, patches, or drivers, and you’ll need to reinstall some apps.

Checking for updates

To install updates for Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the Check for updates option.

Once you complete the steps, Windows Update will download and install any missing updates and drivers (if available).

Checking for drivers

To check for missing drivers after reset, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the tool.
  3. Confirm that there’s not a branch called “Other devices,” which usually lists any missing device driver.

Restoring personal files

Lastly, you want to restore your files from backup. The process will depend on the method you chose to create the file backup.

If you’re using OneDrive to backup your files, then the files may already be syncing in the background. However, if they’re not, you may need to reconfigure the app again.

If you created a copy of your files on an external drive, connect the drive to your computer, and use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click on This PC from the left pane.
  3. Under the “Devices and drives” section, double-click the storage with the file backup.
  4. Select the files and folders.
  5. Click the Copy to button from the “Home” tab.
  6. Select the destination folder.Quick tip: You can select the Choose location option to choose another folder.

Once you complete the steps, you may need to repeat the steps to restore additional files.

Finally, make sure to reinstall any app that was previously available on your computer (if applicable).

How to factory reset Acer laptop on Windows 10 using fresh start option

The fresh start option is similar to the reset preserving your files option with “Reset this PC.” However, this process uses the original image of Windows 10 provided by Microsoft, instead of a custom image from the Acer.

It’s recommended to use the “Reset this PC” option as using the original image may not reinstall certain drivers and applications that you may need to work from home. Usually, you want to use this option when you want to start fresh with a copy of Windows 10 that doesn’t contain extra software or bloatware.

To reset an Acer laptop to factory settings using the Windows 10 original image, use these steps:

Important: If you use this option on a branded computer, you may lose the ability to use the custom manufacturer image in future resets. However, you’ll still be able to reset to factory settings using the original Windows 10 image.

  1. Open Windows Security.
  2. Click on Device performance & health.
  3. Under the “Fresh start” section, click the Additional info option.
  4. Click the Get started button.
  5. Click the Next button.
  6. Click the Next button.
  7. Click the Next button.
  8. Click the Start button.

After you complete the steps, the original image of Windows 10 will be used to reset the computer to factory settings keeping your files.

After factory reset steps

After the reset completes, you’ll still need to check for updates to make sure that Windows 10 on the Acer laptop isn’t missing any security, patches, or drivers, and you’ll need to reinstall some apps.

Checking for updates

To install updates for Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the Check for updates option.

Once you complete the steps, Windows Update will download and install any missing updates and drivers (if available).

Checking for drivers

To check for missing drivers after reset, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the tool.
  3. Confirm that there’s not a branch called “Other devices,” which usually lists any missing device driver.

We’re focusing this guide on using the built-in reset tools on the Acer laptop, but you can also perform a clean installation of Windows 10 to reset your computer to factory defaults.

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Devender Gupta

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