Released in 2013, the Asus X550CA is a line of budget Windows 8 ultrabooks.

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Factory reset deleted all the original ASUS apps.

My laptop, which I've had for just over a year began to randomly freeze. I took it in to a third party and the guy reinstalled Windows 8. The problem is that I no longer have the original Asus apps such as 'Smart Gesture' or 'Instan On.' It's all gone. Is there a way to recover these apps?

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Take a look at It appears that they have most of that software if you choose "Windows 8" from the dropdown.

Note that while the dropdown also has a Windows 8.1 section, I think that's only for the software that is different between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. If you're running Windows 8.1, you'll probably want to use the versions of the software from the Windows 8.1 section for some things.

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Most of that software is useless, the only important software is: ASUS ATK Package to use the keyboard function keys, and ASUS Smart Gesture to make the trackpad.

To install ASUS Smart Gesture, the ATK Package will need to be installed

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Step 1

Power on or reboot the ASUS laptop. When the ASUS logo screen appears, press "F9" to access the hidden partition.

Step 2

Press "Enter" when Windows Boot Manager appears. Choose your language from the options and click "Next."

Related Reading: How to Reformat an Asus Laptop

Step 3

Review the on-screen messages and then click "Next." Select one of the following options: "Recover Windows to First Partition Only," "Recover Windows to Entire HD" or "Recover Windows to Entire HD With Two Partitions."

Step 4

Click "Next" and follow the on-screen instructions to restore the ASUS laptop to the factory defaults

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