We picked up a pair of Asus U47A laptops for our kids this weekend. The price was right, and these things have pretty nice specs. I’ve spent a few hours since that time setting them up (and removing bloatware) and have encountered some annoyances.
One of the first things that I noticed was that they don’t ship a user manual or any sort of recovery disc with these computers. The lack of a paper user manual isn’t a big deal, but there also wasn’t a shortcut pointing out where it is.
Hint: Go to
OS(C:) > eSupport > Manual. Once there, you’ll see a bunch of .pdf documents with numerical filenames. Scroll down and click “eManual” to launch.
To make this all easier, I’ve uploaded a single .pdf containing the entire user manual here:
Asus U47A User Manual: link
Now… About that recovery disc. As with most computers nowadays the Asus U47A ships with a recovery partition built into the disc. But it doesn’t have a DVD backup of the system software.
To me, this is inexcusable. Sure, if you mess something up yourself you can always restore from the recovery partition. But if your hard drive flat out fails, you’re out of luck.
The good news is that you can create your own — the utility to do so is actually pre-installed and, as far as I can tell, it’s supposed to pop up when you launch for the first time. Sadly, it didn’t.
Thus, I had to do a bit of digging to find it. The easiest way to locate it is to pop up the start menu and type “recovery” into the search box. The program you’re looking for is called “AI Recovery”.
Launch it and follow your nose. You can backup directly to DVD or Blu-ray, create ISO backup files for DVD, or create ISO backup files for Blu-ray. I made used the ISO for DVD option since I didn’t feel like burning DVDs at that particular moment.
Just be prepared to wait for awhile. It’s not exactly fast.