So you want to know how to factory reset Windows 10, Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, HP … Is your computer slow, crashing regularly, or not working properly? Have you tried everything but the attempts to repair it have not been successful and the problems persist? So the ultimate solution is to restore factory settings of Windows 10.
Restoring the factory settings consists of returning the PC exactly as it was on the first day, with only Windows and the software installed by default. It is a hard reset of your Windows 10 PC: You will return your computer to the exact state it was in when it was first turned on.
The procedure for restore factory settings of Windows 10 it is identical regardless of the computer manufacturer: Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, HP … Only the integrated recovery software is different and specific for each manufacturer, but their use is almost similar and very simple.
In this tutorial, we will see how to restore your computer to factory settings to start from scratch and get it back on track.
Restore factory settings of Windows 10, Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, HP …
How does it work?
To restore your PC to factory settings, you no longer need to use a reinstallation DVD like a few years ago. Everything is done simply without DVD or USB key via the recovery software on the partition recovery system disk.
The disk of your Windows 10 PC is composed as follows:
- an EFI system of the partition (EFI System Partition)
- partition Microsoft reserved (Microsoft reserved partition)
- a partition of Windows
- a partition of restoration (Windows recovery environment)
We are interested in the recovery partition: it is the partition that contains the factory image of Windows 10, the drivers, the manufacturer’s software, and the recovery software. To use it, just go to Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options.
Restoring factory settings is different from restoring Windows 10:
- The restoration factory settings restore them settings and the software of the computer manufacturer.
- Restoring the factory settings restores the version of Windows 10 supplied with the purchase of the PC (therefore it may be dated), while restoring the factory settings restores the one currently installed. You will probably need to update your version of Windows 10 via Windows Update.
- By restoring the factory settings, all the drivers necessary for the correct functioning of the computer will be restored. You will be able to update your drivers to get the latest ones. With Windows 10 recovery, drivers may be missing and some devices/components may not work immediately.
Don’t worry about your Windows 10 license since the Windows 10 product key is installed on your computer’s motherboard. After restoring the PC, the product key will be automatically read by Windows which will be activated without your intervention.
All data on the disk will be permanently deleted. Remember to backup your personal files before starting.
Restore your Windows 10 PC to factory conditions
Windows 10 PC to factory conditions
To restore the factory settings of your Windows 10 PC, follow these instructions:
- Go to Windows 10 advanced startup options.
- Click on Troubleshooting.
- Click on the Factory image reset. Note that the name of the recovery software may vary by manufacturer. For example, in MSI it is “Restore MSI Factory Settings”.
- Wait for the recovery software to load.
- For more information, refer to the computer manufacturer’s instructions for restoring the PC to factory settings:
- Click on the button Restore now.
- Click on Come on.
- Check the box I understand that performing a factory reset will delete all the files on my hard drive and reformat it, then click Come on to start the factory reset.
- Wait for the factory image to be restored.
- That’s it, your PC has been restored to factory conditions! Click on end to restart the computer.