laptop factory reset help?

22nd of June 2014 1

laptop factory reset help?

Question by Dylan: laptop factory reset help?
So I have an HP mini (model 210 – 1087NR) and I need to factory reset it but I’m lost on how. One way I read said to push F11 when the hp screen came up but my laptop never did that screen. Then I read that going to home, all programs, accessories, system tools, and clicking system restore would work but when I click on system restore it says “no restore points have been created on your computer’s sytem drive” so I clicked what it said to and followed the directions on that but the message keeps coming up saying the same thing. I have no clue what to do and I don’t want to mess up the laptop so bad I can’t fix it. Is there any other way to reset it at all? Google hasn’t helped much so I thought id try here.

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Answer by Jayesh
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.

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  1. ChiliDog 11:39 am 22/06 of 2014

    Resetting to factory state is easy but not by choosing system restore, you mean system recovery, so assuming your OS is Windows7 you can run a system recovery which if successful will erase everything by formatting your HDD to the day you first booted up, here are the ways to do that, if your OS is Vista no problem these instructions will reset your computer to a full restore..good luck!

    The complete recovery process can take hrs. For best results, the computer should be connected to the Internet, and it will restart several times during the process. Do not turn off the power or interrupt the recovery process until the prompt to log in to Windows displays.

    Your computer might have three types of System Recovery available, or it might have only two. Use the recovery type that resolves your issue without making more changes than necessary.

    System Recovery: This option reformats the system drive (usually C:), reinstalls the original operating system, and reinstalls all the original hardware drivers and software. System Recovery does not impact user created partitions. If there are two hard drives, System Recovery modifies only the drive with the operating system.

    Factory Reset: Factory Reset removes all partitions, reformats the entire hard drive, reinstalls the original operating system, and reinstalls all the original hardware drivers and software. This option also recreates the required Recovery partition (usually D:) and UEFI partition (usually E:) and reinstalls the required software.

    The Factory Reset option returns all of the laptop’s software to the condition it was in at the time of purchase. All user changes or additions are removed.


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