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Summary

If a laptop is slower than it was, factory resets is a good way to solve it and as well as other Windows issues. But how to quickly factory reset a laptop? Next, factory reset ways of some popular laptops will be introduced one by one.


For What Kind of Reasons does We Need to Factory Reset the Laptop?

Generally, when the laptop runs much more slowly than before and even it fails to booteup. Or you want to sell your laptop. Then you can factory reset it.
factory reset laptop

What Is Factory Reset?

In brief, a device is reset to an initial system that set by manufacturer. Factory resetting laptop can not only fix the system crash problem but also can effectively erase all personal data and applications in the device. Different laptop will have its specific way to enter recovery environment. But all in all, there’re two methods here.

1. Press the recovery button or shortcut key combination to enter the built-in recovery environment. For example, if you factory reset Lenovo Thinkpad, you can directly keep pressing the blue button “ThinkVantage” until boot menu pops up.

2. Directly use the built-in reset option in Windows 10 to restore the laptop.

Note: It’s suggested to transfer important files or data in the laptop before you factory reset it.

Simple and useful system rescue tool – Renee PassNow helps you out. It can not only transfer data but also reset Windows password. If you want to learn about how to transfer files or data from your laptop, please refer to the detailed steps in data transfer. After data transfer is completed, you can factory reset your laptop according to the methods below.

How to Factory Reset A Laptop?

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How to Factory Reset Lenovo Laptop (ThinkPad/Yoga)

One Key Recovery is able to reset Lenovo laptop to factory settings. At first, find out the Recovery Key. It’s usually on the sides of Lenovo laptop or next to the Power button that’s on the top of your keyboard. And then move on to the steps below.
Lenovo onekey recovery

Step 1: Connect the power source, press and hold the Recovery key for 5 seconds. (If you’re using an old model of ThinkPad, please press the blue button “ThinkVantage” to restore it.)

Step 2: When “Novo Button Menu” pops up, press “↓” arrow key to choose “System Recovery” then press “Enter”. Once you enter the One Key Recovery mode, please select “Restore from initial backup” and click on “Next”.

Novo boot menu

Step 3: Click on “Start”. When a message asks whether you confirm to restore the device to factory settings, just click on “Yes”. Then wait for the system restoration process finish. Finally, click “Restart” once it finishes.

How to Factory Reset HP Laptop (EliteBook/ENVY)

Note: Please connect the power source to your HP laptop before going through the steps below.

Step 1: Power on or restart your HP laptop. When you see the HP logo on the screen, please Press F11 repeatedly to go into advanced startup mode.

HP laptop factory reset

Step 2: Click “Troubleshoot”  then“Reset this PC”. Next, select “Keep my files” or “Remove everything”.

If you have already transferred all important files or data in advance, it’s suggested to select “Remove everything” so that the system problems will be fixed more effectively.

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reset PC to remove everything

Step 3: Choose to clean all drives and click on “Reset this PC”. Finally, wait for the restoration process.

Clean all drives for resetting this pc

How to Factory Reset Dell Laptop (Inspiration/XPS)

Note: Please connect the power source to your Dell laptop before going on to the steps below.

Step 1: Power on or restart your Dell laptop. On the login screen, hold down the “Shift” key, click on “Power button” and select “Restart” at the same time.

login in Windows 10

Step 2: When the options menu appears, select “Troubleshoot” then “Factory Image Restore”. And click “Next”.

Dell laptop factory image restore

Step 3: Check the box “Reformat the hard drive and restore systems software to factory conditions”. And click “Next”. Finally, wait for the system restoration process.

How to Factory Reset ASUS Laptop (VivoBook/ZenBook)

Note: Please connect the power source to your ASUS laptop before going on to the steps below.

Step 1: Power on or restart your HP laptop. When you see the Asus logo on the screen, please Press F9 repeatedly.

Step 2: Press “Enter” when the Windows Boot Manager appears. And click “Next” after you choose your language.

ASUS Windows Boot Manager

Step 3: Three options will be displayed on the screen. “Recover Windows to First Partition Only”, “Recover Windows to Entire HD” or “Recover Windows to Entire HD with Two Partitions”.

If you have already transferred all important files or data in advance, it’s suggested to select the third option and click “Next”. Finally, wait for the system restoration process.

ASUS Preload Wizard

How to Factory Reset Acer Laptop (Aspire/Predator)

Note: Please connect the power source to your Acer laptop before going on to the steps below.

Step 1: Power on or restart your Acer laptop. When you see the Acer logo on the screen, please Press “Alt + F10” key at the same time to enter advanced startup mode.

Acer laptop factory reset

Step 2: Click “Troubleshoot” then “Reset this PC”. Next, select “Remove everything” if you have already transferred all important files or data in advance.

Step 3: Click “Restart” and wait for the system restoration process. Please set up your laptop according to the on-screen instructions after the recovery process finishes.

system recovery process

How to Factory Reset Apple Laptop(MacBook)

This method is also appropriate for restoring MacBook Pro and Macbook Air. Please connect the power source to your Apple laptop before going through the steps below.

Step 1: Hold down the “Command + R” key immediately after you restart your MacBook. Release the keys when the Apple logo appears. Your MacBook will go into recovery mode.

Command + R key

Step 2: In the Recovery window, click “Disk Utility” and then “Continue”.

macOS Utility

Step 3: Select your hard drive. Its default name is Macintosh HD if you didn’t rename it. And then click “Erase”.

Macintosh HD

Step 4: Select “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” from the “Format” drop-down menu and then click “Erase”. Next, wait for the erasing process.

Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

Step 5: After the erasing process is completed, please click “Disk Utility” in the top-left corner of the screen. Click “Quit Disk Utility” and go back to the Recovery window.

Quit Disk Utility

Step 6: In the Recovery window, select “Reinstall MacOS” and click “Continue”. Next, MacOS will start downloading.

Note: Please confirm whether your MacBook connects to Internet before MacOS downloads.

Reinstall MacOS

How to Factory Reset Fujitsu Laptop (LIFEBOOK)

Note: Please connect the power source to your Fujitsu laptop before going on to the steps below. Next, we are going to restore Fujitsu laptop in Windows 10.

Firstly, please prepare an empty 16GB USB flash drive. And then follow these steps to create repair disk: Click on “Control panel”— “Recovery” —“Create repair disk” — check box “Backup system…” and click “Next” — Select the inserted USB drive and click “Create”. Next, start to restore your laptop.

Step1: Insert the new created repair disk. Power on or restart your laptop. Press F12 repeatedly when FUJITSU logo appears.

Step 2: When you go into “Boot Menu”, select “USB HDD”. And then choose your language and keyboard layout.

Fujitsu Boot Menu

Step 3: In the option page, select them in order: “Troubleshoot” —“Recover from hard drive” — “Remove files and clean the drive”. Finally, click “Reset”.

Step 4: When a warning message appears, click “Yes” after you confirm all important files or data have been backed up. Next, system begin to restore.

Fujitsu laptop warning message

How to Factory reset Toshiba Laptop (Dynabook)

Note: Please connect the power source to your Toshiba laptop before going through the steps below.

Step 1: When the laptop is powered off, hold down the number key “0” and press Power button at the same time. Please don’t release the number key “0” until the warning message appears.

factory reset TOSHIBA laptop

Step 2: Select the operating system if this option is available.

Step 3: Click “Recovery of Factory Default Software” and click “Next”.

Recovery of factory default software

Step 4: Next, there are three options in the screen. Please select the option that meets your requirement.

If you want to thoroughly and effectively recover your laptop, it’s suggested to choose the default option “Recover to out-of-box-state”. If you don’t want to clean other hard drive partitions, you can select the second option “Recover without changing the hard drive partitions”. And then click “Next”.

TOSHIBA Recovery Wizard

Common Way to Factory Reset Laptop in Windows 8/10

If you are using Windows 8/10, you can apply the built-in reset option to restore your laptop.

Note: It’s suggested to transfer important files or data in the laptop and connect the power source before you factory reset it.

Step 1: Press “Win” and “I” button at the same time to open “Windows settings”. And then click “Update & Security”.

Step 2: Click “Recovery” the left side. And click “Get started” under “Reset this PC”.

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Step 3: Please choose the option that meets your requirement.

If you select “Keep my files”, just click “Next” and then click “Reset”. If you want to “Remove everything”, please select “Just remove my files” or “Remove files and clean the drive” and then click “Reset”.

Remove everything in Windows 10