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How to Factory Reset a PC, laptop or tablet running Windows

    In a simple tutorial, we will be showing you the various guidelines, on how you can factory reset a PC, laptop or tablet running Windows. It will be indeed simpler.

    There are various reasons why one should reset his or her gadgets, it depends on the issue, probably, it might be you’re having problems with performance, it’s picked up a virus, or you simply want to sell it on and remove all your programs, files, passwords, and other sensitive information.

    Is a more complex issue, it turns out that the best solution to any problematic state is performing a full severe thorough factory reset. But please, try to be open to other opinions before you factory reset your device.

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    *. Factory reset a Windows 7 or 8 computer

    It isn’t that hard or simple but at least, you can still perform it without being pessimistic. Few computers come with recovery discs, which is a fairly easy way of performing a factory reset – you can just insert the disc and follow the instructions.

    Also check your app menu because most times windows 8 computers will sometimes have a recovery application which is launched from within Windows.

    And if unfortunately, your windows did not arrive with any of the aforementioned processes, then you can follow the procedures below but its advisable to backup your drive first, in order, not to see some heart broken result.

    Firstly: Reboot your System

    Secondly: During the startup process, hit the appropriate F key or key combination which we have listed below for your manufacturer.

    *. Acer – Alt + F10
    *. Asus – F9
    *. Dell/Alienware – F8
    *. HP – F11
    *. Lenovo – F11
    *. MSI – F3
    *. Samsung – F4
    *. Sony – F10
    *. Toshiba – 0 (not numpad) while turning on, release key when Toshiba logo appears

    Thirdly: You should see instructions on the screen explaining how to proceed. Different manufacturers use different software to restore the ‘disk image’ from the recovery partition.

    Some systems restore Windows first, and then install drivers and programs automatically when Windows first boots. Thats all for now and remember that your battery must be full or connected to Power Source.

    Note: During the second step, If the keys don’t work then look out for a message in the screen during startup which might indicate how to start the recovery process.

    You might need to check your recovery partition is enabled in the BIOS. It’s also possible your laptop might not have a recovery partition (or it may have been deleted).

    *. Factory reset a Windows 10 computer or tablet

    Future made easier for all. There’s an built-in tool for resetting a PC. All you have to do is to;

    – Open the Start menu and select Settings (the cog wheel).
    – Then type ‘reset’ in the search bar
    – Select ‘Reset this PC’ on the left when the results appear
    – Under the Recovery section of Update & Security you can now hit ‘Get started’ to begin the process. During this you can select if you would like to keep files or do a full reset.

    Note: The process is identical for a Windows 10 tablet, because the operating system is almost identical across computers and tablets.