I have an Acer Aspire S3 and I was trying to reset it to factory settings. I turned it off and then I turned it back on and after the ACER splash screen came up I pressed Alt + F10. The spinning wheel started and the msg "Preparing Automatc Repair" came up. It was stuck in that for about 10 minutes then a blank screen. I turned it off and repeated the above and the same thing happened. I left it overnight thinking it might just take a while. Nothing. Now when I turn it off and back on, it does the above without pressing Alt + F10. Any idea what I can do to salvage my laptop? it is only about 5 months old. I do not have an install disk, and I cannot take the battery out. All help is greatly appreciated! I forgot to say that I am running Windows 8. Thanks.