Three Ways That Can Factory Reset Laptop in Windows 10/8/7


Summary: When your laptop runs very slowly or your computer encounters some serious problems and fails to boot, you can choose to factory reset laptop or use the system backup created by MiniTool ShadowMaker to restore your computer to an earlier date. Get the ways in this post now.

"I am trying to help my niece fix her Acer 5315... I need to set it back to factory due to it says some windows files are missing... it is showing viruses and Trojans.... can't get it to stay on long enough to download an antivirus program except for personal security... she didn't receive a recovery disc and making one is gonna be out of the question due to the fact that it says some of the windows files are either missing or infected."

-- from tomshardware

When you search "laptop factory reset" on the internet, you will find many searching results. Thereinto, the above example is the one question asked by many users. As a matter of fact, to restore your computer to factory settings is an option to help you solve many issues on Windows 10/8/7. Let's see some details.

About Factory Reset

When it comes to factory reset, you should know something about it. To be specific, it can also be known as master reset, referring to a software restore of an electronic device to the original system state - manufacturer setting via deleting all information stored on the device. As for computer factory reset, it will delete all the user data.

To factory reset laptop is often done to fix many issues. Perhaps your laptop has some problems with performance, for instance, the computer is running slowly. Or your laptop is picking up a virus or you only want to remove all your files, passwords, programs and other sensitive information and then throw away the laptop. All those things can be achieved by a factory reset. Then, you will ask: how do I do a factory reset on a laptop? More on this later.

How to Factory Reset a Laptop in Windows 10/8/7

From the aforementioned content, you know it is necessary to restore your computer to factory settings.

But there is one vital point you should pay attention to:

Before factory reset, you had better first back up the important data stored on your laptop since restoring factory setting will delete all the user data and programs you have downloaded since you got your laptop.

To back up your computer, we advise you to use MiniTool ShadowMaker. Here is a useful article: How to Backup Computer to External Hard Drive in Windows 10/8/7.

And then, you can take action to do a factory reset for your laptop. Now here we will show you some useful methods.

Way 1: Use Recovery Partition

As is well known, recovery partition refers to the special partition on your disk used to restore the system to its factory settings in case system failure happens. If your system is installed on a GPT disk, there will be a built-in Windows recovery partition that is visible in Windows Disk Management. In addition, there is another kind of recovery partition called supplier's recovery partition, including these manufacturers Dell, HP, Lenovo and more. Both of these two kinds of recovery partition are available to restore laptop to factory settings.

To factory reset laptop in Windows 10/8/7, follow the steps below:
1. Restart your laptop.
2. During the startup, press the corresponding key(s) to boot your computer into the recovery environment. Perhaps you will ask: how to factory reset an HP laptop or Toshiba laptop? How to reset a Dell laptop?
In fact, as for different laptop manufacturers, the specific key is different. For instance, Dell (F8), Acer (Alt+ F10), HP (F11), Samsung(F4), Lenovo (F11), Asus (F9), Toshiba (0) and more. Suppose that you want to boot from a recovery disc, to change the boot order should be done.
3. After that, follow the corresponding instructions to factory reset laptop.

For more information, watch this video.

Way 2: Reset Your Laptop

If there is no recovery partition on your laptop, what should you do to let your laptop restore to factory settings? The way is to reset your laptop.

As for factory reset Windows 10/8, the steps are the same. Here take Windows 10 as an example.

1. Select Settings after clicking Start button.

2. Click Update & security.

3. Then navigate to Recovery tab, select Get Started to begin laptop factory reset.

4. Then two options will be displayed, including Keep my files or Remove everything. Select one.

5. Then you see some apps installed after getting the laptop will be removed. Click Next.

6. Click Reset to begin the operation now.

If your laptop fails to boot, you can enter WinRE to do this job. Go to Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Keep my files > Choose an account > Enter the password > Reset.

Way 3: Use Windows Restore Point

If you are using Windows 7, you probably ask: how do I restore my computer to factory settings Windows 7? How to factory reset Windows 7 without CD? In this case, you can use the system restore point you have created after you purchase the laptop to restore laptop to factory settings.

1. When the system is unbootable, you can press F8 at startup to choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
2. After Command Prompt logs in Administrator, type rstrui.exe to bring up system restore window and perform the restoration following the instructions.

Restore Laptop to Previous State with System Backup

When your laptop runs slowly or suffers from some serious problems, you can choose to factory reset laptop to fix these issues with the above three ways. However, you know all the user data and programs since you purchased the laptop will be deleted. And you need to reinstall these applications, which is time-consuming. Under this circumstance, we advise you to create a system backup on a regular basis and then you can restore your laptop to an earlier date.

Under normal conditions, you choose Windows built-in backup tool to perform system backup operation. But it always takes much disk space and costs much time. So, some of you search the professional backup and restore software online. In the backup software market, you can see many kinds. Among them, the backup and restore software – MiniTool ShadowMaker released by MiniTool Solution Ltd. is really very easy-to-use and reliable for system backup, partition backup, disk backup and the corresponding restoration in Windows 10/8/7. As for an ideal backup solution, the scheduled backup, incremental backup, and differential backup are also supported in this program.


1. Here we strongly recommend you to download MiniTool ShadowMaker, install it on your laptop and back up the system in Windows 10/8/7 after you get the new laptop.

2. After a period of time, you can also create a system backup and set schedule backup. Then in the event of system corruption, use the system backup to restore your laptop to an earlier date.

Here we will show you how to back up the system and restore it to the earliest computer setting state.

Back up Windows 10/8/7

Step 1: After opening your laptop and installing MiniTool ShadowMaker, you can enter an interface to choose to manage the local computer or another computer in the same LAN.

Step 2: In Backup page, by default, you know MiniTool can choose the system drives used to boot the laptop to back up. (This program always selects the system partitions in the current OS). Then, click Destination to choose the storage location for the system image. You had better choose an external hard drive which can be connected to your laptop via USB cable.

Then you can see the selected source partition and the destination partition.

From the Backup interface, you can see Schedule option which enables you to perform backup task regularly. Four modes are here, including Daily, Weekly, Monthly and On Event. Just choose one.

Step 3: Please perform the system backup image operation by hitting Back up Now button. Then you need to wait for a few minutes until the backup operation is completed.

System Restore for Laptop

In the case of system crash, you can use the system backup created before to restore your laptop to earlier settings. How can you do this work with system image? Look at the steps as shown below.

In order to do a system restore, you are required to create MiniTool ShadowMaker Bootable Edition to do a system restore in WinPE. Here the Media Builder feature enables you to create a bootable CD/DVD or USB drive to boot your laptop.

Perhaps you are looking for:
1. How to Build Boot CD/DVD Discs and Boot Flash Drive with Bootable Media Builder?
2. How to Boot from Burned MiniTool Bootable CD/DVD Discs or USB Flash Drive?

After that, just begin the system restore in Windows 10/8/7.

Step 1: In Restore tab, all backup versions are listed here. Just choose the newest system backup to restore your laptop to the previous date.

Here you will find some drive letters of the partitions are different from they are in Windows. You can distinguish them according to the partition size, backup time and more.

Step 2: Select a backup version, and click Next.

Step 3: All partitions in the selected system backup image will be checked by default. From the following screenshot, you know MBR and Track 0 is selected. Don't uncheck it. If not, after restoration, your system can't boot.

Step 4: Then, you will see all hard drives connected to your laptop via USB cable will be listed. Please choose a target disk to restore the system image to. Usually, we recommend you to restore the image file to the original system disk.

After clicking Start, a warning will pop up to tell you which partition the image will be restored to and all partition data on the drive will be overwritten.

Step 5: Then the restoration process will be performed. Please wait for a few minutes. Here you can choose Shut down the computer when the operation is completed.

Like that, your laptop can be restored to an earlier time by means of a system backup made in advance. Just free download MiniTool ShadowMaker to have a try now.

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Why Restore Laptop from System Backup Not Factory Reset Laptop

In the above sections, you know three ways about how to factory reset laptop in Windows 10/8/7 and how to restore the computer to an earlier date with MiniTool ShadowMaker. By contrast, we strongly advise you to use MiniTool ShadowMaker to back up your laptop. Why?

Actually, you know laptop factory reset can restore laptop to factory settings, namely, all user data and programs after purchase will be deleted. Then you need to download and install these programs again. This is not a good way to solve system issues.

But, with the help of MiniTool ShadowMaker, you can make a system image and set to perform backup task regularly. Once your laptop gets something wrong, the system image file can be available to restore the computer to an earlier date quickly and effectively. In addition, this freeware enables you to back up the entire disk to protect data.

Bottom Line

In this post, we tell you what factory reset is on a laptop, three methods about how to factory reset laptop in Windows 10/8/7, how to use MiniTool ShadowMaker to back up and restore the system and the comparison of these two types of system issue solution. When the system can't boot, just choose one way to restore it to a normal state.

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