How to Boot From an Acer Hidden Partition

by Tyson Cliffton
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Acer computers use a hidden partition on the hard drive to house the Acer system recovery program. You can use this recovery program to create recovery discs for your computer or for applications and drivers. It can also recover or reinstall the operating system directly from the hard drive, restoring your Acer system to its out-of-the-box condition. Booting from the hidden recovery partition on your Acer computer is easy, and only takes a few minutes.

Step 1

Reboot or turn on your Acer computer.

Step 2

Press the "Alt" and "F10" keys together repeatedly when the Acer logo appears on the screen. Rather than booting to Windows, your computer will boot from the hidden partition on the hard drive that contains the Acer recovery program. If a Windows screen does appear, press "Enter."

Use the Acer recovery program to reinstall or recover the Windows operating system, reinstall the drivers and applications that came with your computer or create a factory recovery disc or a drivers and applications disc.


  • Back up your personal data to external media before using the recovery program.
  • You will need to reinstall all your applications after reinstalling the operating system.


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About the Author

Tyson Cliffton has been writing professionally since 2001. His work has been published at and Cliffton earned a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in management and leadership from Webster University.

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