I have had my Acer Aspire E380 for several months now with Vista Home Premium and I was thinking of cleaning up my machine with a complete system restore, i.e. Acer's Factory Restore option. There are too many programs that I installed and removed over the months. I use CCleaner and other Spyware/Antivirus removal software but I think I want to just do a complete do over, especially to get ready for SP1. However I have two issues.
1. The Acer was a replacement for my old XP machine because the processor died. I have the old hard drive connected to the Acer as an external. When I first set that up, I had to find a program that would "Take Ownership" of the files on the external. However, I remember taking the external to another computer (an XP) and the external would not allow me access to the files due to lack of permission. I am afraid the external will not allow me access after a restore, thinking the restored Acer is a different computer.
2. I have recently installed a new graphics card moving from the factory X1650SE to a 7950GT. It makes me happy
. Anyway, since it is a factory restore, my rig will not have the drivers for my card and install the ATI drivers correct? If that happens, I don't know what would happen in terms of how the Acer would work before it gets the new drivers.
Sorry if this is long winded and I apologize for any confusion. Any help would be appreciated.