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Aspire V7-581 / V5-573 / V5-572 / V5-552Users Manual

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Model number: Serial number: Date of purchase: Place of purchase:

2013 All Rights Reserved.Aspire V7-581 / V5-573 / V5-572 / V5-552 Users ManualThis revision: 04/2013

AcerCloud frees you to enjoy your digital life anytime, anywhere!

This computer comes with AcerCloud pre-installed. AcerCloud is a personal cloud service that allows you to access your files over the Internet and make sure your most important files are always up to date. With your personal cloud, all your connected devices (PC, tablet, phone) can access files on your main Cloud PC. For more information please visit the AcerCloud website:www.acer.com/acercloud

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Table of contents - 3

TABLE OF CONTENTSSafety and comfort 5

First things first 16Your guides ...................................................... 16Basic care and tips for using your computer .......................................................... 16

Turning your computer on and off............. 16Taking care of your computer ................... 17Taking care of your AC adapter ................ 18Cleaning and servicing.............................. 18

Your Acer notebook tour 19Screen view...................................................... 20Keyboard view.................................................. 22Left view ........................................................... 23Right view......................................................... 24Rear view ......................................................... 25

Information on USB 3.0............................. 26Base view......................................................... 27

Using the keyboard 29Lock keys and numeric keypad........................ 29

Hotkeys..................................................... 29Windows keys .................................................. 31

Touchpad 33Touchpad basics .............................................. 33Touchpad gestures .......................................... 34

Recovery 35Creating a recovery backup ............................. 35Creating a drivers and applications backup ..... 39Recovering your system................................... 42

Reinstalling drivers and applications......... 43Returning to an earlier system

snapshot................................................... 46Returning your system to its factory condition................................................... 47Recovering from Windows ....................... 48Recovering from a recovery backup ........ 52

Power management 56Disable Fast startup......................................... 56

Battery pack 59Battery pack characteristics............................. 59

Charging the battery................................. 59Optimizing battery life............................... 61Checking the battery level........................ 61Battery-low warning.................................. 62

Traveling with your computer 63Disconnecting from the desktop ...................... 63Moving around................................................. 63

Preparing the computer............................ 64What to bring to meetings ........................ 64

Taking the computer home.............................. 65Preparing the computer............................ 65What to take with you............................... 65Special considerations ............................. 66Setting up a home office .......................... 66

Traveling with the computer ............................ 67Preparing the computer............................ 67What to take with you............................... 67Special considerations ............................. 67

Traveling internationally with the computer ..... 68Preparing the computer............................ 68What to bring with you.............................. 68Special considerations ............................. 68

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4 - Table of contents

Securing your computer 70Using a computer security lock ........................ 70Using passwords.............................................. 70

Entering passwords .................................. 71

Acer Theft Shield 72Using Acer Theft Shield ................................... 74

General ..................................................... 74Settings..................................................... 75

Wireless networks 76Connecting to the Internet................................ 76

Acer Instant Connect ................................ 76Wireless networks ............................................ 76

Using a Bluetooth connection 78Enabling and disabling Bluetooth..................... 78

Enabling Bluetooth from Windows 8 ......... 79Adding a Bluetooth device ............................... 80

Acer Converter Port 85

HDMI 86

Universal Serial Bus (USB) 87

BIOS utility 88Boot sequence ................................................. 88Setting passwords............................................ 88

Frequently asked questions 89Requesting service .......................................... 91Tips and hints for using Windows 8................. 93

Three concepts you might want to keep in mind............................................. 93How do I access the charms? .................. 93How do I get to Start? .............................. 93How do I jump between apps?................. 94How do I turn off my computer? ............... 94Why is there a new interface?.................. 94How do I unlock my computer?................ 95How do I personalize my computer?........ 95I want to use Windows in the way that I'm used to - give me my desktop back! ........................................... 96Where are my apps?................................ 96What is a Microsoft ID (account)? ............ 98How do I add a favorite to Internet Explorer?.................................................. 98How do I check for Windows updates? .................................................. 99Where can I get more information?.......... 99

Troubleshooting............................................. 100Troubleshooting tips............................... 100Error messages...................................... 100

Regulations and safety notices 102

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SAFETY AND COMFORTSAFETY INSTRUCTIONSRead these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.Turning the product off before cleaningUnplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.WARNINGSAccessing the power cordBe sure that the power outlet you plug the power cord into is easily accessible and located as close to the equipment operator as possible. When you need to disconnect power to the equipment, be sure to unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet.Disconnecting the power sourceObserve the following guidelines when connecting and disconnecting power to the power supply unit:Install the power supply unit before connecting the power cord to the AC power outlet.Unplug the power cord before removing the power supply unit from the computer.If the system has multiple sources of power, disconnect power from the system by unplugging all power cords from the power supplies.Using electrical power

- This product should be operated from the type of power indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult your dealer or local power company.

- Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this product where people will walk on the cord.Downloaded from LpManual.com Manuals

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6 - Safety and comfort

- If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total ampere rating of the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the extension cord ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total rating of all products plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the fuse rating.

- Do not overload a power outlet, strip or receptacle by plugging in too many devices. The overall system load must not exceed 80% of the branch circuit rating. If power strips are used, the load should not exceed 80% of the power strip's input rating.

- This product's AC adapter is equipped with a three-wire grounded plug. The plug only fits in a grounded power outlet. Make sure the power outlet is properly grounded before inserting the AC adapter plug. Do not insert the plug into a non-grounded power outlet. Contact your electrician for details.

- Warning! The grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power outlet that is not properly grounded may result in electric shock and/or injury.

- Note: The grounding pin also provides good protection from unexpected noise produced by other nearby electrical devices that may interfere with the performance of this product.

- The system can be powered using a wide range of voltages; 100 to 120 or 220 to 240 V AC. The power cord included

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