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  1.    11 Mar 2017 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 79
    Windows 1-0

    Laptop continues reboots


    We are wanting to sell my sons laptop so we did a factory reset. We thought it was doing the reset but now the same process repeats:

    1. "Acer explore beyond limits" for ~1 min.
    2. The screen is on but no words for ~1 min.
    3. The screen is off.
    4. Back to reboots.

    Repeat.

    :-(

    Any ideas/help please?

    It's a Acer Aspire One Cloudbook AO-131-C732

    Cheers
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  2.    12 Mar 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
    Posts : 3,954
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703

    Hi winchesterstoke

    I assume you tried to enter enter vendor's recovery partition when its starting to boot. I can't find that device on any Acer site, either US or GB. Wanted to see what F key invokes or how to enter through alternate means.

    One option, as there is no data on device I would just do a clean install following the Clean Install tutorial. You will need another Win 10 machine to create USB Media key (4GB).

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...n-install.html


    Ken
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  3.    12 Mar 2017 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 553
    Windows 10 Home

    winchesterstoke,


    Have you tried pressing Alt and F10 on boot to access recovery if the computer can't boot into Windows?


    Also, try shutting down the computer pressing the Power button. You may have to press it for 15-20 seconds until it eventually shuts down.


    Now, press the Power button to turn on the PC, and, just as Windows starts to load (round dots rotating), press and hold the power button down until it turns off.


    Repeat the same actions two more times, and, on the third try, instead of the round dots, the PC should show 'Please wait...' and then boots into Recovery mode.


    At this screen, press the following button: See Advanced Repair Options
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  4.    13 Mar 2017 #4
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 79
    Windows 1-0
    Thread Starter

    Many thanks! We really appreciate the help!

    I am starting to go through your advice (I had a stroke last year so I am very slow at the moment), so my wife will help on the problems. Hopefully I'll get a response to you shortly. Cheers!
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  5.    22 Mar 2017 #5
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 79
    Windows 1-0
    Thread Starter

    Many thanks for your help, but unfortunately no luck yet :-(. Apologies for the responses– as I hopefully mentioned as I’m now very slow!
    CaledonKen
    We tried the vendor but they wanted ~£70 to try to fix which we refused. They have suggested ideas but none helped.
    I’ve managed to work out the laptop:Acer Aspire One AO1-131-C726 Notebook (Blue/White): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories. Hope this helps? Thanks!
    I would be really happy to do the re-install, but I’m struggling for the Windows 10software license (as Windows won’t boot). I’m not certain if the attached picture if the Windows 10 license? I suspect my best hope is if the windows license is on the picture?
    cottonball
    Thanks for the ideas!
    I tried Alt & F10 as you suggested: which helps a bit. I get the Windows option“Troubleshoot” option. We then get “Reset” or “Advanced”.
    “Reset” would be the ideal! I select “Remove everything” , then either “Just remove my files” or “Clear the drive fully” (which I select). “Reset” then confirmed.
    After about ~1 hour (which looks it should be working with the “acer” name followedby “Resetting this PC XX%”), the message says “Reset this PC.There is a problem which resetting your PC”…
    So this does it again – i.e.:
    1. "Acer explore beyond limits" for ~1 min.
    2. The screen is on but no words for ~1 min.
    3. The screen is off.
    4. Back to reboots.
    Repeat.
    Ahhhhh! :-(


    I also tried your suggestion
    try shutting down the computer pressing the Power button. You may have to press it for 15-20 seconds until it eventually shuts down.
    Now, press the Power button to turn on the PC, and, just as Windows startsto load (round dots rotating), press and hold the power button down until it turns off.”
    I’ve tried the steps, I can’t get Windows to start at all?
    Any ideas would be really appreciated.
    (Sorry if the words in this response aren’t that quite right, I’m slowly re-learningafter my stroke).
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  6.    22 Mar 2017 #6
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 553
    Windows 10 Home

    winchesterstoke,

    No apology necessary, we are in the same boat. Best thing to do is to keep on going. Doing one significant thing a day does wonders, and keeps you smiling.

    Do not wory about the Product Key, which is a set of 25 alpha-numeric code in five sets of five. What you are showing appears to be it (normally preceded by Product Key: XXXXX-..., and it is not??), but, if it is not, or it does not work, then you can click/tap on: I don't have a product key

    Press on and try the clean install, as suggested by CaledonKen:

    Clean Install Windows 10

    Ask whatever questions you have before you start. However, looking at the pictures helps.

    There are experts around here that can help you with whatever issues you have questions about.
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  7.    22 Mar 2017 #7
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
    Posts : 3,954
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703

    Agree with Cottonball.

    When it comes to product don't even try to enter one. Just click I don't have. MS has fingerprinted your machine. It had windows 10 and it gets to keep Windows 10.

    When you do the clean install you do have to use the same version and bitiness. So if it was Home don't try installing Pro.


    Ken
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  8.    22 Mar 2017 #8
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 553
    Windows 10 Home

    Here is another resource with additional explanations:

    How to do a Clean Install of Windows 10, the Easy Way

    Next, youíll see the activation screen. What you do here depends on your situation:


    • If youíve never installed and activated Windows 10 on this computer before, youíll see the activation screen. Enter your Windows 10 key here. If you donít have one, but you have a valid 7, 8, or 8.1 key, enter it here instead.
    • If youíve ever installed and activated Windows 10 on this computer before, click ďI donít have a product keyĒ. Windows will automatically activate once itís installed.
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  9.    22 Mar 2017 #9
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 553
    Windows 10 Home

    From looking at the specs, it has Windows 10 Home, the 64-bit Edition
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  10.    25 Mar 2017 #10
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 79
    Windows 1-0
    Thread Starter

    Thank you! I really appreciate my help!

    Hopefully I'm nearly there but another (silly :-( ) question:

    I have thought about doing the reinstall of Windows 10 but I always use to think that when doing a Windows install asked you for the Product Key? So if I don't have the product key then Microsoft won't be installed? Am I missing something?

    Again, thank you for your patience again. Cheers!
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