Sometimes it is necessary to reset the Laptop or tablet settings to restore the laptop to its original factory state. If you need to reset the Laptop to restore the laptop settings to the beginning, we will tell you how to reset your laptop or tablet.
Here's how to reset for Windows 10/7/8 Hp Laptops.
For locating your laptop, factory presets can indeed be useful for a number of different reasons. Maybe you are having problems with laptop performance, viruses or you just want to sell it and delete all programs, files, passwords and other sensitive information.
How to reset is a little more difficult than a smartphone or tablet, but we will show you how to do it step by step. Most laptops no longer come with recovery discs, but if you have one, it's still a pretty easy way to do a factory reset. If you don't have one, chances are your laptop has a recovery partition.
This section is a hidden section of the hard drive that is safe for storing additional Windows, additional drivers and programs. You can reuse it for the laptop to its proper condition the first day you owned it. This guide will show you how to access and use the recovery partition to factory reset your laptop.
Please keep in mind that this process will vary between different laptop brands and each model may even be different. Recovery software has various names for each brand of laptop, such as 'recovery manager'. We'll try to do our best to put together a 'one size fits all' guide.
How to restore Windows 10 laptop or PC to Factory Settings
- First, click the Settings icon in the menu, then select Update & security.
- On the Update & security menu, select Recovery. For laptops, select the first option.
- You will now have three options: Keep my files, Delete everything, and Restore factory settings. The first option will keep your personal files, and is great for resetting settings and deleting installed apps. The second option will delete your personal files, while the second option will reinstall the original version of Windows that came with the laptop.
- If you have multiple drives on your computer, you will have to decide whether to delete files from all drives, or just the drive where Windows is installed. For a full reset, you can choose the last option.
- You will then be given the option of cleaning the drive as well as deleting files. If you just reset the machine, the first option is much faster. If you plan to erase everything on the laptop, it will clean the drive and will take longer but will make it harder for anyone to delete the deleted files.
- Lastly, you will be provided with details on what will happen to your laptop if you factory reset it. If you are happy with this, you can click Restore and the process will begin.
How to easily restore Windows 8 laptop or PC to factory settings
- First, hit the Start button and then type "Delete". If you are running Windows 8.1, you will see an option to Erase everything and reinstall Windows in the first option.
- Next, click on the General section in the vertical bar on the left side of the screen. The Erase everything and reinstall Windows option will appear on the right side of the screen. Click Start to start the process.
- Windows 8.1 will now be prompted to enter their Windows installation user before proceeding. However, you can think about this step: the first thing you will see is a warning that continuing will only delete all applications but everything that has been installed on the laptop, all personal files.
- That includes all documents, photos, and videos, so make sure you back up your data before going any further.
- If you have multiple hard disks on your computer, you will next be asked if you want to erase all drives or just the drive where Windows is installed. For a full reset, select the last option.
- Next, you will be asked if you want to just delete the files or clean the drive completely. If you are just starting from scratch, you can choose the former. If you want to give your laptop to someone else or sell it, choose the second option.
- While this may take longer, it will erase your data completely, so anyone who ends up with the machine can't retrieve any files using recovery software.
- You will now see another warning page, giving you the opportunity to start or continue. This is your last chance to backtrack, so make sure you've retrieved everything you want from the hard disk machine before you hit the Reset button.
- This process won't let you get started if you haven't plugged in your laptop charger, so before you go any further.
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How to restore Windows 7 laptop or PC to factory settings
- Back up important files and data. If you have backup files, you will lose them.
- Shut down or restart
- When the logo of your laptop manufacturer appears on the screen, press the F8 key several times to open the Advanced Boot Options menu.
- When entering the menu, select Repair Your Computer, then press Enter.
- On the System Options Recovery menu, select a keyboard layout and click Next.
- On the next screen you can login as local user or Administrator.
- Depending on your configuration, we are currently using a Dell Laptop, and selecting Dell Factory Tools and selecting Dell Factory Image Restore.
- Click Next to open the Confirm Data Wipe menu.
- Select Yes, to format the hard drive and restore the software to its factory state and click Next.
- After the recovery operation is complete, click Finish to restart the computer.
- During the start up process, press the appropriate F key or the key combination we accept below for your Laptop manufacturer.
Note: Sometimes there is a small window to give you a chance to press a button, so don't worry if it takes some effort. We recommend pressing the button several times.
- Acer – Alt + F10
- Asus – F9
- Dell / Alienware – F8
- HP – F11
- Lenovo – F11
- MSI – F3
- Samsung – F4
- Sony – F10
- Toshiba – 0 (no numpad) when writing, release the button when the Toshiba logo appears
If this button doesn't work, look for a message on the screen during startup that might indicate how to start the recovery process. You may need to check the partition recovery that you have enabled in the BIOS. It's also possible that your laptop doesn't have a recovery partition (or has been deleted) so we can't guarantee that here. You may need to contact your manufacturer.