Tips How to Reset Laptop to Factory Settings

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Tips How to Reset Laptop to Factory Settings
Some laptop owners may think to refresh their laptop by restoring the laptop to factory settings. This can be done especially if you buy a laptop with Windows operating system 10, 8 or 7 already installed in it.

There are various reasons that make a laptop owner to reset factory settings. Maybe you have a problem with slow laptop performance, or you have a problem with stubborn viruses that can not be removed, or simple motives: You want to sell your laptop and remove all programs, files, passwords, and all the sensitive information in it.

However, resetting the factory settings on the laptop is not as easy as it seems. We will explain the steps below:

1.Reset the factory settings on a Windows 10-based laptop
In Windows 10, the factory settings reset process becomes much easier because it provides a built-in tool that makes it easy for you to do so. Open the Start Menu and then select Settings. Once a page is open, type 'reset' in the search field and select 'Reset this PC'.

In the Recovery option on the Update & Security menu, select the 'Get Started' option to start the factory settings reset process. During doing so, you will be given the choice of whether you want to save a particular file or do a total reset (which means deleting all files on the Windows installation partition).

2. Reset Factory Settings on Windows 7 or 8 based laptops

Basically, the steps to Reset Factory Settings on Windows 7 are the same as those applicable to earlier versions of Windows. However, a laptop with Windows 8 has a recovery application that can be activated from within Windows. So you need to check it out.

Step # 1

Backup any data you need before doing a factory reset. The reset step to the manufacturer's settings will erase all data and programs that have been installed for the first time to activate the laptop.

Step # 2

Restart your laptop.

Step # 3

During the restart process, be prepared to press the F key along with a certain combination. Because each laptop vendor presents a different combination, here we provide the list:

  • Dell / Alienware - F8
  • Sony - F10
  • Asus - F9
  • HP - F11
  • Acer - Alt + F10
  • Samsung - F4
  • Lenovo - F11
  • MSI - F3
  • Toshiba - press 0 (not numpad) when restarting, then release button when Toshiba logo appears.

If the above combination does not work well, then you need to be vigilant. Look for messages on the screen that may indicate to users about how to start the recovery process. You may also need to check when the recovery partition option is available in the BIOS menu. But it could be that your laptop does not have a recovery partition (or the option has been deleted). We can not confirm it, so always check for the possibilities.

Step # 4

Once completed with the third step, an instruction will appear and explain to the user how to process factory settings reset. Every laptop vendor uses different software to restore the 'disk image' of the recovery partition so we can not give more specific instructions.

However, all reset processes always run automatically, especially when you are finished confirming that you want to start the recovery process. Oh yes, you may need to wait for 30 minutes until all the process is complete. Several kinds of processes will restore Windows first, and then install drivers and programs automatically when the first boot is run.

Do not do anything first before all the processes have been completed and you are declared safe to operate the laptop.

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