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How to Reset Laptop to Factory Settings without Disc

Generally, installation disc is taken for Windows system factory reset. But if there is no installation disc, how to do? Don’t worry, now recovery partition has been provided in Windows 7/8 to restore computer to factory defaults.

Main steps to factory reset laptop without disc:

  1. Preparation
  2. Factory Reset when access to laptop successfully
  3. Factory Reset when laptop couldn’t boot properly

1. Preparation

Factory reset laptop would make your files and programs lose. These personal files and programs are created or installed after your laptop is originally set up.

And before you start system restore, Windows system would prompt you to backup files and programs you want to save. And then you have to make sure you have correct serial numbers and registration information of Windows system and programs for reinstallation process.


2. Factory Reset Laptop When Could Access to It Successfully

In Windows 7 and 8, there is system recovery partition provided. When you want to restore your laptop to factory settings in order to get a fresh and clean start, or get ready to sell it to others, make full use of recovery partition.

Step 1: Access to laptop, click Start and type in “Recovery” in Windows 7 search box. And that will bring up a method for you to recover your laptop. Choose “Recovery” program.


Step 2: Click “Open System Restore” to run System Restore program.


Step 3: Select a system restore point.


There are several restore points listed in the box, choose the restore point you want to restore system to. And click “Next”. If you want to make sure you have back up all the appropriate programs, you could click “Scan for affected programs” to check which programs the system restore would affect. And then backup them first.

Step 4: Confirm restore point and click “Finish” to start restore system settings.

Please close all the open files and programs before computer restarts to begin system restore.

3. Factory Reset Laptop When Laptop Couldn’t Boot Properly

If your laptop has met some problems that prevent Windows booting properly, you have to start laptop to run recovery procedure from boot menu. Different laptop manufacturers offer different F keys to enter the boot menu.


In the BIOS screen, you could see there is one kind of F key provided for laptop to restore system to default settings. Press F9 and a dialog “Setup Configuration” pops up.


Choose “Yes” when it ask “Load default configuration now?”. And then wait for Windows load system default settings.

And when Windows 8 laptop encounters such functional problems, it would typically open the Automatic Repair screen, which allows you to attempt to repair the damage from there and move on to restore system to factory settings.

If all of the above couldn’t work for your laptop, you would need backup disc to restore system to early backup point. By the way, factory reset laptop or computer is a way to remove Windows forgotten password.

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