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Reset factory of laptop with a recovery partition

Anonymous User3046 23-May-2015

Hi everyone in this article I’m explaining about how to factory reset a laptop.


If you need to give your laptop fresh start, we'll tell you how to factory reset a laptop.

Restoring your laptop to the state it came out of the factory can be handy for a number of different reasons. Perhaps you're having problems with your laptop's performance, a virus or you simply want to sell it on and remove all your programs, files, passwords and other sensitive information. In these situations, a recovery partition is your friend. See also: How to speed up a computer.

It's a little more difficult than a smartphone or a tablet but we'll show you how
to do it step by step:

Most laptops don't come with recovery discs any more but if yours does then this is still a fairly easy way of performing a factory reset. If you didn't get any discs in the box, then there's a good chance your laptop has a recovery partition.

This is a hidden part of the hard drive which safely stores a complete copy of Windows, drivers and extra programs. You can use it return your laptop to the exact state it was in the first day you had it - and it will perform just the same, too. This guide will show you how to access and use the recovery partitions to factory reset your laptop.

How to factory reset a laptop:

Step 1: Backup any data which you wish to keep before performing a factory reset.
You will probably want to copy everything from your user folders, including
documents, photos, music and videos. The factory reset will delete all these along
with any programs you've installed since you got your laptop.
Step 2: Start-up or reboot your laptop.
Step 3: During the start-up process, hit the appropriate F key or key combination
which we have listed below for your manufacturer.

Note: There is often a small window of opportunity to strike the key so don't worry if
it takes you a few attempts. We advise pressing the key multiple times.
  • Acer – Alt + F10
  • Asus – F9
  • Dell/Alienware – F8
  • HP – F11
  • Lenovo – F11
  • MSI – F3
  • Samsung – F4
  • Sony – F10 

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