When you forget your login password, you can factory reset the PC to reset the account and password. This post from MiniTool Partition Wizard shows you how to factory reset Dell laptop without password.
Factory resetting a PC means restoring the PC to its factory settings. During this process, you can decide to keep your personal files, apps, and settings, or delete everything on the drive.
In most cases, the reason why people factory reset a PC is that there is something wrong with the PC, and resetting the PC can solve the issue. Some people may want to factory reset a PC without password when they have forgotten the login password, because factory resetting the PC can reset the password.
In the following content, I will show you how to factory reset Dell laptop without password using 2 ways.
Factory Reset Dell Laptop Without Password from The Login Screen
Before proceeding, you should know that keeping your data during the factory reset will also keep the password. After the factory reset, you also need to enter the password to log in to Windows. Therefore, if you want to use the factory reset feature to reset the password, you need to delete everything.
How to factory reset Dell laptop without password from the login screen? You can refer to the following guide:
#1. Recover Data from the PC
If you have important files on the PC, you may want to keep them. However, because you forget the password, you cannot log in to Windows to back up data before the factory reset. Even if you enter the Safe Mode, you still need to enter the password.
Therefore, to keep the important files, I recommend you use MiniTool Partition Wizard to recover data before the factory reset. This software can partition hard drive, clone HDD to SSD, recover hard drive data and partitions, convert MBR to GPT without data loss, etc.
Here is the guide on how to use MiniTool Partition Wizard to recover data.
Step 1: Insert a USB drive into a normal PC. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard and click Bootable Media.
Step 2: Click WinPE-based media with MiniTool plug-in.
Step 3: Click the USB Flash Disk. You are warned that the data on the USB disk will be destroyed. Click Yes and MiniTool Partition Wizard will start to create a bootable drive.
Step 4: Insert the USB drive into the Dell PC that you want to factory reset and make sure it is shut down completely. Power on the PC. Press the BIOS key (F2 or Del) once the Dell logo appears so that you can enter the firmware. Set the USB drive as the first boot device. Press F10 and Enter keys to save changes and exit.
Step 5: The PC should boot from the USB drive. Then, click OK twice and you will see that MiniTool Partition Wizard opens. On the main interface, click Data Recovery.
Step 6: Hover the cursor over the partition where you want to recover and click Scan.
Step 7: During the scanning process, open the Existing Files directory to find files you want to recover. If you find them, stop the scanning process. Then, select these files and click Save. Select a safe place (external disk or no-system partitions) to store the recovered data.
Step 8: After you recover these data, shut down the PC and remove the USB drive.
#2. How to Reset Dell Laptop Without Password from the Login Screen
Step 1: On the login screen, hold down the Shift key and click the Power button > Restart.
Step 2: Now, you come to the WinRE. Click Troubleshoot > Reset This PC > Remove everything.
Step 3: Click Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files. Then, click Reset. After the resetting process is completed, you need to do the OOBE (Out-Of-Box Experience) again. In this way, you can reset the account and password.
Dell Factory Reset from Boot F12
Dell offers a tool named Dell SupportAssist OS Recovery to help you back up data and make Dell factory reset from boot F12. Here is how to reset Dell laptop without password using Dell SupportAssist OS Recovery.
- On a normal PC, download and install Dell SupportAssist OS Recovery.
- Prepare a USB drive of at least 16GB and insert it into the PC.
- Launch Dell SupportAssist OS Recovery.
- Under Another computer, enter the Service Tag of the Dell PC that you want to reset.
- Under Destination, select the USB drive and tick the checkbox before “I understand that the selected drive will be formatted and existing data will be deleted.”
- Click Download. It will make a bootable USB drive.
- Insert the USB drive into the Dell laptop that you want to reset.
- Restart the Dell laptop and press the F12 key repeatedly to enter the one-time boot menu.
- Select the USB drive as the boot device to boot the Dell PC.
- When the Dell SupportAssist OS Recovery tool opens, under Recover > Back Up Files, click Start Backup.
- Once the backup is done, click Start Reset under Recover > Reset.
- When finished, you need to do OOBE.
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