The process to restore a PC, a laptop or a Windows tablet varies slightly depending on the version of the operating system that you use. Thus, we’ve divided this tutorial into two parts : the first presents the process of resetting to Windows 10, the second for Windows 8.
Restore your Windows 10 to factory settings.
Windows 10 has a program to restore the computer to factory settings, which makes the process rather simple.
First of all, open the Start Menu and go to your Settings by clicking on the symbol of the toothed wheel.
In the search bar, type Reset and click the option “ Reset the PC”.
Now that you are in the topic Recovery, click on start to Start the restore. You can then choose to keep some files on your computer or delete all.
Restore your Windows 7 or Windows 8 to factory settings.
Restore computers that have versions 7 or Windows 8 is a little more complex.
Except some of the Windows 8, these older operating systems do not have an easy access to reset the computer. Take a look at your applications to see if you do not have a program named Manager of restoration (or a variant of this name).
If you do not find the application of this name, it is possible that your computer has been supplied with a CD-ROM to reinstall. In this case, you are lucky. You just need to insert the disc in your PC and follow the on-screen information. Attention, don’t forget to save your important files on a HDD external, SSD, or on a Cloud before starting the restoration.
Finally, if you do not have the disc or program to reset your computer, there is a strong chance that your computer has a recovery partition.
A recovery partition is a small hidden part of the hard drive that retains a copy of Windows and its programs. It is possible to use it to reset the computer and return it to a nine.
Note : the reset process varies slightly depending on the brand or model of your computer, as the name of the recovery software.
As of January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will offer more than updates or hotfixes, so we advise you to switch to Windows 8 or 10.
First step .
The restore to factory default settings of your computer causes the deletion of all the files found there.
Thus, before starting the process, back up the documents you want to keep on an external hard drive or on a Cloud (photos, music, etc.).
Second step .
Turn on or restart your computer.
Third step .
While your computer is in the ignition, press the key F. Note that this shortcut varies according to the manufacturers, so we compiled a list to help you below.
Also, to run the reset command, please do not hesitate to press it several times on the key while your computer turns on.
Shortcut depending on the brands of computers :
Acer – Alt + F10
Asus – F9
Dell/Alienware – F8
HP – F11
Lenovo – F11
MSI – F3
Samsung – F4
Sony – F10
Toshiba – press 0 (the key at the top of the letter o – not the numeric keypad) until the Toshiba Logo appears.
If there is no shortcut does not work for you, read the message that appears when you turn on your computer. It is possible that it indicates which key to press to start the reset.
Finally, it happens that some computers do not have a recovery partition. If this is your case, you will need to contact the manufacturer of your computer.
Now, you should see instructions appear on your screen. As each computer has its own recovery software, we do not present detailed guide for this last part.
However, the process is almost always automatic, and you will probably only confirm the reset of your computer by one click.
After having initiated the process, leave your PC aside until a message indicates that the restore is complete.