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New harddrive, no disks - Restoring laptop to factory condition


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TanjaC

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Hello!

I am a computer novice so please be patient with me :)

My toddler pushed my Acer Aspire 5742Z-4492 computer off the table and that damaged the harddrive. I have a harddrive enclosure and have been able to access the information on the harddrive on my old laptop. I inserted a new harddrive and installed Windows7 from a copied disk someone gave me onto the "broken" computer. This is where I get stuck.

It there a way to restore the computer to it's factory condition without access to the internet (it tells me there are problems with the "network adapter" and I need to update drivers?)or the disks? (I don't think it came with disks.....)

I do have access to the old harddrive and most of it is undamaged. Would it be possible to create a system restore point by "copy and pasting" files from the old harddrive to the new harddrive? If so, which files do I copy and where do I paste them?

I'm hoping someone here can help me - I am feeling completely lost!

Thanks in advance,

Tanja.
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Ztruker

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You should have created a set of Recovery Discs when you first got the computer to protect yourself from this kind of problem.

You can download the drivers that are not contained in Windows 7 from the Acer support site.

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A better choice would be to order the recovery discs from Acer here: Recovery Media Purchase Program
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Should've but didn't :unsure: Won't make that mistake again.

I'll order the disk, thanks.
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While you're waiting, try downloading the drivers from the Acer web site and see what happens, especially the Chipset.
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Thanks! I'll give that a try. I was stumped by all the different drivers on their website. I've downloaded the driver, will unzip it and burn it to a disk and see what happens.

I was wondering......can I create a back-up disk for my working Acer Aspire 7720 and use that on the other Acer? Or are the systems not at all combatible? Just curious if this is possible - I'm ordering the disk from Acer regardless.

It is wonderful to have a forum like this to turn to - thank you so much.
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Only one way to find out about making and using backup discs this way :whistling:

If you're bored, give it a try, after seeing what the device driver download does for you.
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