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We provide a "factory reset" disk image with the Software "Acronis" that represents the system's condition when it has been shipped out with all recommended settings and drivers!
The software "Acronis True Image 2017 Home (ATH)" is installed on all Server R4 and Player R4 hardware. On the one hand it allows you to create disk images i.e. a backup of the system including all files, programs, driver versions, computer names and all other structures and settings. On the other hand it allows you to restore the system by loading created images, either ours or custom ones, which is especially interesting for rental machines. Please read the Acronis manual if you are interested in these things.
A USB Boot Stick lets you boot your computer in case Windows is damaged so much, that it is not able to boot the computer itself. It is always a good idea to have a USB boot stick handy, in case something happens to your system. You can also create a USB stick from another computer (and the Acronis software!) and use it for the damaged one.
To create one, you need an UBS Stick (USB 1,2 or3) with at least 1GB of storage room. When you plug it in later, it will be formatted automatically.
To start "Acronis" click on the according start tile or search for "Acronis".
This is the Acronic surface. In the "Tools" menu, click on "Rescue Media Builder".
Before you start the process, the stick needs to be plugged into the device!
Choose "Acronis Bootable Rescue Media".
Chose "Removable Disk" as a media source.
Press "Proceed" and finish the process with the "Close" button. Now you have a boot stick.
You can either start the recovery from a system that still boots by itself (a) or with a USB boot stick (b).
a1) If your computer is still able to boot, start it and wait until you see the following screen. Then press [F11] immediately. If you see a window "Enter Linux kernel command line" you can simply click on "OK".
a2) Click on "Acronis True Image" and afterwards on "Recover" in the menu.
b1) If your system does not boot by itself, insert the USB boot stick and start the system. Then press [F8] instead of [F11].
b2) In the upcoming menu, press: "General USB Flash Disk".
b3) Click on "Acronis True Image (64-bit)".
In both cases you see the following menu. Press "Recovery" and right-click (!) on "Disk archive" to get the "Recovery" menu!
Check "Recover whole disks and partitions" and press "Next".
In the section "What to recover" you click on check box "Disk 2" and uncheck the check box "Acronis Secure Zone" otherwise you will get the following error:
Now, you just click "Next"...
... and "Next" again.
Now click "Proceed" to finish it off.
The last action is to click on the check box "Restart the computer when the operation is complete"