How to Use Acer Restore Key (Alt + F10) for Factory Reset

You will learn what is Acer restore key and how to use it for factory reset. Besides, you still can use Acer eRecovery Management.


by Delia Updated on October 26, 2023

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What is Acer Restore Key

Acer restore key, also known as Acer recovery hotkey, Acer reset key or Acer reset button, refers to one key or a set of keys which can trigger the computer boot into recovery environment when power the computer on and let you restore Acer to factory settings.

The Acer restore key is Alt + F10. These keys are used to restore system to factory defaults if the system failure due to virus/hacker/malware attacks, software errors, wrong operations, hardware corruption, etc. 

Besides Acer, other brands also provide such restore key: Lenovo restore key is NOVO button, Shift key or F11, Asus recovery hotkey is F9, HP factory reset key is F11, Dell recovery key is F8 (Windows 7) or F12 (Windows 8/8.1).

How to Use Acer Recovery Key to Factory Reset PC

Next I'll explain how to use Acer Reset key to do a factory reset specifically. Follow the guide step by step.

Step 1. Press Alt + F10.

Press the Power key for 5 seconds to power off Acer computer completely. Then restart the computer and press Alt + F10 when its logo shows up.

Acer computer

Step 2. Reset your PC.

Select Troubleshoot > Reset your PC to initiate the process. Note that by resetting a PC, all the data you created will be deleted after the restoration. If you want to recover the system without losing your files, choose "Refresh your PC" instead.

Reset your PC

Step 3. Decide what to do with your files.

Click Next, and choose an option for your personal data. If you want to keep this PC after resetting, choose Just remove my files. If you want to recycle the PC, then you may choose Fully clean the drive.

just remove my files

Step 4. Press Reset to begin the recovery. 

Wait for a while, your computer will begin to install Windows. When it finishes, you could log onto Windows and reinstall those erased programs.

How to Use Acer eRecovery Management for Reset 

Besides Alt + F10 restore key, Acer still provides users another way to reset computer to factory default settings, it's to use Acer eRecovery Management. You can continue to follow the steps below.

1. Open Acer eRecovery Management and choose Restore in the main window. 

2. Select Restore Operating System to Factory Defaults if you don't create backup manually. Conversely, choose Restore Operating System and Retain User Data and it will store your data on the C:\backup folder. 

Acer eRecovery Management Restore

3. Then follow the steps to restore Acer to default settings.

Both Alt + F10 restore key and Acer eRecovery Management are helpful for users who want to let their computer go back to a working state. However, you may find Acer eRecovery Management or Alt + F10 recovery key not working restore to factory settings. It is probably caused by bad sectors, corrupted or deleted recovery partition, etc. 

Then, is there any effortless way to restore Acer to default or previous status? The answer is Yes, you can use a reliable third-party one key recovery software to create an initial backup when you get your computer first or directly backup its current status including data and programs on it. The latter minimizes data losses if you happen to create a backup before your computer runs into issues.

Create A New Acer Restore Key with AOMEI OneKey Recovery

AOMEI OneKey Recovery Professional is a great option to help you create backup image and enable recovery key ( A or F11). And it's more powerful and avoids data losses. The backup image created by this software will include everything on the system partition and it will stay as it is after recovery. And if it is a scheduled task, you will get all the changes from a factory image or previous backup.

By default, this software applies to all brands of computers, including Acer, Lenovo, Asus, HP, Dell, Toshiba, Samsung, Sony, etc. Thus, you can use its recovery key on all of them. Besides, it allows you to add boot menu at the startup process. 

Here is how to create new Acer recovery partition with simple clicks in Windows. Before that, please download and install this software first.

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1. Perform AOMEI OneKey Recovery and click OneKey System Backup option.

Onekey System Backup

2. Choose Backup system to AOMEI OneKey Recovery Partition (Recommended) option, and press Next >>.

Backup System To AOMEI Onekey Recovery Partition

3. Select a partition to create AOMEI Recovery Partition, tap Start Backup >> to create a new recovery partition in your Acer laptop.

Select Partition

4. After the AOMEI Recovery Partition created finished, click Settings icon at the top right corner, and then set the F11 or A key to enter AOMEI recovery environment in case you need to restore system to previous state or factory settings.

Enable Acer Recovery Key

Note: You will get two partitions in GPT disk: AOMEI (boot partition) and AOMEI Recovery Partition, and only one AOMEI Recovery Partition in MBR disk.

After creating backup, you can use the AOMEI Recovery Partition to restore system at any time. Launch this software or use its recovery key to get access, then choose OneKey System Recovery and the way and location to restore system, finally click Start Restore. 

Confirm Restore

The End

Acer restore key or Acer eRecovery Management can help you reset computer to default settings quickly. If you don't want to lose any data or the Alt + F10 Factory reset key not working, it's necessary to create a recovery partition automatically with AOMEI OneKey Recovery. Also, it provides F11 or A key as recovery key to start the system recovery process.  

Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.