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Q: factory reset and Windows Product Key

Hello,
I want to perform a factory reset on Dell Inspiron M511R that came with Win7 preinstalled. Do I need Windows Product Key?
The CoA label is sticked on the bottom of the laptop and after years of usage it just became unreadable. The computer is functioning normally so far.
Can I get the WPK somehow? (The same or a new one.)
Thank you.

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A: factory reset and Windows Product Key

You can do a clean install of Windows 10, as long as the system has been activated with Win 10 and has it digital license. Just skip past where they ask for a license key.
Doing a factory reset over a newer OS may be a problem. Are you wanting to do that because you need some of the OEM utilities? It is usually best to do clean installs, especially when changing OSes..
I will assume the system was not using a UEFI bios which means the license in not there. Some third party software may be able to retrieve a key but I have no experience. If you have OEM recovery media, it might work, maybe someone else will know for sure.

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Hello, its really been a while since i factory reset my Alienware x51 R2. I did this so that everything would be wiped from my hard drive there for i would have more disk space. Everything went as planned. However after reinstalling Windows 8.1 with the disc that came with my new pc, i realized that i needed to activate windows. I didn't have this problem when installing windows for the first time. Is there any way i can get my product key from dell or Microsoft? or would i have to go buy windows?

A:WIndows 8.1 after factory reset. (lost product key)

You can get your product key and other important information about your computer from a website call Belarc.com; Click on the link below.....
https://youtu.be/hlrT5dGliZg

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I just recently factory rest my computer but my windows activation wont activate and allow me to upgrade to windows 10.

A:Windows product key wont activate after factory reset

Hi, Did you upgrade to Windows 10 before ? If yes, you can install Windows 10 now using the following instructions:               https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10 During the installation process, skip the step to enter key. Windows 10 will activate when you come online. Note: You have to install same version of Windows 10 before. Regards.

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I just did a factory reset using the HP Recovery Manager (which takes you to the Windows Recovery Environment, from where you do a Reset). Then I noticed the Windows version info on the desktop, and checking Control Panel / System verified that Windows is not activated. Details claimed that the product key has been blocked. I then used a utility to read the product key from the motherboard. It matched the partial key windows reported, but I put it in in its entirety as a new key and ran activation, but again it failed, for the same reason. The utility also listed an "original" product key, whatever that is, but that too failed, again for the same reason. I tried updating the BIOS, thinking that might be the problem, but it did nothing. I also spent time on the phone with MS, but after verifying the key is blocked, they said this is an HP problem. Currently I'm stuck with a unit that will not activate Win8. Very strange. Evidently I'm not the only one this has happened to. There must be a solution, right? Please help. Thank you. BTW, the windows error code is 0xC004C003

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I got this today "Your device is at risk because it’s out of date and missing important security and quality updates. Let’s get you back on track so Windows can run more securely. Select this button to get going"

I ran several command prompts including chkdsk,  got  a repair utility to repair registery... etc,  defragmented and everything  I tried every solution found online and  I still  get this error when useing updates.  I even updated my drivers. I tried everything,  s  I even uninstalled my antivirus and tried it again.   I gave up and tried to do a reset  and also tried to whipe everything and do a reset and can not. really odd. 

Any insight will be appreciated.

Also on the microsoft website I saw a security update dated 09/25/2017 ( today)  and when trying to manually update it said it did not apply to my pc.  I own a Dell Desktop all in 1 64-bit operating system Product ID 00325-95873-11633-AAOEM touchscreen 24 inch all in one

A:Windows 10 update issues. Also can not do a factory reset or any kind of reset

This sounds like your system took a hit with phishing-ware or other malware.
Factory reset instructions:
www.dell.com/.../reset-or-reinstall-windows-10-on-your-dell-computer

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I've been trying to get it to factory reset with no luckI turned laptop on and it said automatic repair then changed to diagnosin problem and didn't move for about an hour so tryed to resetI've held the power button and f11, then troubleshoot, there's no option to reset so done system restore , that said there were no restore points , and took me to a new menu with the reset option I clicked that and it just stayed on that screen for hours

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I have an HP ENVY 700 that has been having many issues over a long period of time. It most recently got so bad that it would not start. After calling HP support and purchasing a "Smart Friends" membership, they told me that there was most likely some corrupted files in my booting system that stopped it from rebooting. After almost a month of attempting to fix the issue, HP sent me 5 "System Recovery" discs to factory reset my entire hard drive. I was first unable to back-up any of my files that were on the computer (because, again, it won't start up to where I can remove them and also the recovery manager won't work either) and now, after many late nights and hours on call with HP, the recovery manager cannot even factory reset my computer. I make it through 4 full discs before reaching 70% progress on the 5th disc where I get an error message. It reads "Recovery Manager could not restore your computer using the factory image. Please contact HP support. Error code: 0xe0ef0003" (Those are all zeros by the way.) I have called the support, or "smart friends" back and they said that it was either an issue with the discs (which were completely new and barely out of the package) or a hardware problem unlike they had originally believed. I hope somebody here can point me in the right direction before I am forced to buy yet another membership for the separate tech support specifically for hardware. Thank you for your feedback!!!
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I bought my Pavillion in 2014 and of course it came with Windows 8.1. I've upgraded it to windows 10 for about a year. I'm still a student and I want to use purley for school work. Problem is I have lots of junk on it like games that I no longer need. I thought of a lot of things to speed it up as it is painfully slow such as an SSD upgrade, but that is a bit pricey. The only thing I could think of is reset it so it doesn't have loads of rubbish running in the backround becuase the disk is always running at 100% usage (even at idle). So I was thinking, if i reset it to factory settings, will it keep windows 10 on it or will it degrade back to windows 8.1? Many thanks

A:If I factory reset, will it keep windows 10?

JC442 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!A "factory reset" returns the PC to the state it was in when it left the factory, so of course, it will reinstall the original OS, drivers, and apps.

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hiI want to get back to the os that came with my laptop windows 8.1 upgraded to windows 10 I did not like 10 so put on win 7 BUT I not know that you could not get any drivers for this laptop under win 7 So press f11 on start up BUT only windows 7 showing, how can I get back to win 8.1 then to win10 Many thanks   

A:factory reset windows 8.1

Hi: If you previously had upgraded to W10 and it was successfully activated, you can go right back to W10 by using the Media creation tool at the link below and clean install W10. When you get to the window during the installation process where you are asked to input a product key, select the 'I don't have a product key' option, and W10 will install and autumatically reactivate once you are connected to the internet. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 If you want to go back to W8.1, you will have to use the W8.1 recovery media you should have made when you first got the PC.

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I haven't done a wipe and reload of my OS in a long time and just a week or so ago i heard someone say something about a factory reset and heard all about it but didnt hear much about how to do it so how is it done . I googled/youtube searched it and it gave me nothing about it all it came up is restoring your computer and recovery options so is there an easy way of doing so any help would be appreciated.




Sorry for my bad spelling and grammar errors.

A:Need to know how to do a factory reset in windows 7?

It's doable through tutorials on this site IF your PC has the capability. Some do, some don't.

But a few questions:

Have you made one or more "recovery" discs, by burning to a CD or DVD?

If you have not made recovery disks, your PC may or may not have a recovery partition that will allow you to restore to the state in which the PC left the factory.

Are you familiar with Windows Disk Management?

Does your PC have a sticker on it with a 25 character "Product Key"? If it does, you should be able to do a fresh install of Windows that you may prefer to a "factory reset", depending on your preferences. Many people don't like the configuration from the factory and would prefer a custom setup. Maybe you would. Maybe not.

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Hello! I have an old Dell Latitude D630 with Windows 7, I do not have the disk, and apparently the product key I got from NirSoft's ProduKey isn't valid. Is there any way to reset it?

A:Factory reset Windows 7

What are you trying to reset? Are you looking to reinstall Windows.

A program such as this one should be able to grab your key:

https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

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Sorry this is in the wrong section, options were very limited. I have been given a touchsmart 310 running windows 10, I Can not  install or change anything because I am not logged in as the administrator but I cannot find the account to log in to  matter what I try so I think my best option is to do a factory reset, but I dont know if  will I need the windows key. Has anyone everdone this reset & did you need your windows key & am I going to be able to do the reset without being logged in as the administrator.

A:factory reset windows 10

Hi, There are many HP Touchsmart 310, it must be HP touchsmart 310-something such as         http://support.hp.com/au-en/document/c02622055 I don't think it has Windows 10 pre-installed and you may not be able to do factory restore because you need Admin password which you don't have. My suggestion: clear everything and install fresh Windows 10 1. Create Windows 10 installation media using the following instructions      https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10 2. Use the media to install Windows 10 to your machine, skip the step to enter the product key and continue, 3. Go online and Windows 10 will automatically activate using the key in the BIOS. Please note: you must install Windows 10 version/edition which is on the machine now, you can't change to other version/edition (ie can't change from Home to Pro for example. Regards.

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Hello, I have an older (2007 ish) ASUS laptop that has Windows 7 installed.  It is rarely used so I'm not in the market for a new laptop, but it is running extremely slow.  Will not download updates, etc.  There is some sort of conflict.
 
I'd like to wipe the whole thing clean but here's my dilemma.  Windows Office is installed but I don't have the installation CD's.  If I do a factory reset, is there any bare-bones types of word available for download?
 
Really Word (and IE/Firefox) are all the laptop is used for, so I didn't know if there was some bare bones "light" version of Word out there.  Alternatively, is there anything I can download from the laptop now and reinstall after the refresh?
 
I just don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a new version of Office.
 
Thanks!

A:Windows 7 and Factory Reset

What version of Office are you running? There are no bare-bones versions of Word unless you are talking about free programs that can open Office Documents. There are number of those including Kingsoft, Open Office, and Softmaker's Free Office.

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So, I want to factory reset Windows 10 through Settings. There are two options which are: to keep files and to remove files. I only want to delete everything from C, but not in D, because I made backups there. Is there a way to reset Windows 10 in that way? Thanks.
 

A:Best way to factory reset Windows 10?

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Hi I began a factory reset on an old windows 7 laptop during the process the laptop lost power,I managed to start the reset again but it's been saying please wait for the last three days when I boot into safe mode everything seems to be set up.Is there anyway to stop or force stop the reset.
 

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Hi was wondering if someone can help please. My Samsung laptop came with windows 7 installed and i done the free windows 10 upgrade. It was all good for a while and then I had an update and now i can get to my homepage but none of the icons are working. I think to myself the only way I can sort it out is to factory reset the laptop but because i have got windows 10 on it now and it was windows 7 am i still able to do this and what operating system will i be on
thanks
 

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So I installed Windows 8 whenever it came out and then updated to 8.1 last fall. Since then my computer has become bogged down and running really bad. It's time just start fresh but when I go in to the PC settings to restore it, it says I don't have the necessary files and that I need to insert a disc. Since I installed 8.1 from the store I have no disc to restore it from.

I saw some tutorials on activating 8.1 from 8 but I don't even know if I'm following the right ones or not. I'm not sure what I'm doing. This was much easier to do in Windows 7. But anyways, I would really appreciate any help on overcoming this so I can restore my computer.

A:How to do a factory reset of Windows 8.1?

Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

   Information

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)




I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
or
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

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Hey everyone,

I'm returning my Asus G53sw-A1 w/ Windows 7 and getting a replacement shipped.

Long story short, my video card is demonic.

Anyways, I have done a lot of personal work during the last week and want to make sure everything is absolutely wiped clean before I ship this back.

How do I do this?

Thanks in advance,
Brady

A:How do I reset Windows 7 to factory?

Just hit it with the oem disks that came with the computer that should wipe everything and return it to a factory state.

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bought a used windows 7 pc. the owner built it themselves. i want to factory restore it... but it says i need the windows 7 disk to do that (something like that cant remember exact phrase).. which disk do i need exactly... would i need to buy the whole new windows 7 program? or are there just ones so i can just facorty reset it?

A:need windows 7 factory reset help

and also will i lose all my drivers?
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i've factory reset my laptop and its been an hour since it was 9% , it didn't go on any higher , any ideas whats the problem here?

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I got a pc which has Windows 8.1 Single Language before and I upgraded it to Windows 8.1 PRO if I reset the factory settings does it will go back to windows 8.1 single language?

A:Reset Factory Settings Windows 8.1 PRO

Did you upgrade using "Get Features with a New Edition of Windows" or Clean Installation?

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Hi, I have a Lenovo laptop I was struggling to use several months now. It wouldn't update windows for one thing noway whatsoever and would not either upgrade for free to windows 10.Since the expiry day for free windows 10 upgrade is approaching I decided to factory reset it and complete the upgrade if it wants it or not.I guess I'll have questions during the process so I decided to register here and ask them as they will appear.So here is the first question, as I checked the reset button, it asked if I want to reset only the drive with windows or the other drives too. Such as my laptop had more than one drives, which I ignored.Where can I locate and check those drives?Tks

A:Factory reset of lenovo g40-30 windows 8

Hi assybertran , 
 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
 
Usual for the G40-30 model to either have a single HDD or a hybrid SSHD that holds with 8GB NAND flash memory . Physical harddrive may hold multiple drive declared as partitions. 
 
Onekey recovery feature is a full factory reset that would be able to clear and delete everything out and restore the image the way it was when receive from out of the box which is ideal to having a fresh start for users as it deletes possibilities of infecting one drive from the others.
Data back up is definitely recommended on a different storage
 
To check both for availability and integrity  running diagnostics would help.  Going to the BIOS on the same Novo menu would also show physical drives available on the unit.
About the mentioned partitions , disk management would show it. Note that OKR is a hidden partition on the harddrive (highlighted links for further reference and details) .
 
Take time to review the procedure and back up everything needed. Run appropriate diagnostics before deciding. 
 
Update us how things go for you. 
 
Regards

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how do i factory rest my inspiron mini 10 laptop i have no cd rom drive i just have the usb ports and how do i get a good windows 8.1 on my laptop with out paying for it until the 1st or the secound month on the first i got my laptop for free and its needs
to be wiped and cant figure on how to do it... I  want to download it to my laptop and reset the whole laptop and even wipe the accounts out of it.... 

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Hi,just bought X1 Yoga 1st Gen and wanted to do a factory reset (also known as Windows 10 "Reset this PC")The system kind of not finished the reset process.. I saw the precentage bar going and then a black screen which continues to be black (the computer is on, the keyboard light is on.. )now the computer shows the Lenovo logo and keep booting itself.. i tryied to press Enter and go to F11 (Recovery) but nothing changed..- How can i get myself the Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition?  

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Hi Everyone, Teb here with my first post on the forum. I am hoping one of you have run into this problem and have a good solution. I downloaded files that I didn't want, and they have proven to be nothing but trouble. An example of one of the files is an extension call "PriceChop". To remove it I went to the control panel and uninstalled. Then I went into all of the web browsers on my computer, went into the settings, and removed the extensions. They appear to be removed until I restart my computer. I go back into Chrome, and the extension is still there. I decided to download a program called SpyHunter which is a malware remover. I ran the program about 8 times and it is still unable to find and remove the files. I searched and searched but have been unable to find a way to remove the unwanted extensions. It has gotten to the point where the virus removed my Norton anti virus security and is trying to log into windows by itself. My wife woke me up to tell me that my computer was "freaking out". Sure enough it was trying to log into windows. I would see a password being entered and then a log in attempt. I am at the point where I just wanted to factory reset. Well, jokes on me. I go into search and typed "reset". I choose to completely reset to factory settings. When it goes to start the process it tells me I have files missing and to insert media. I come to find out that after I upgraded to windows 8.1 via the windows store, I am now unable to factory reset. Something about ... Read more

A:Can't factory reset my windows 8 machine

If you could get your hands on a Windows 8.1 disk/USB then you can use that to boot into the advanced options and reset the PC. As most helpers and advisors on here would probably agree, resetting the PC should always be a last-ditch effort when all other options were exhausted. You could try visiting the malware removal forum: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-logs/ and posting the logs requested to get help by a trained BC member.

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after having problems with my computer the shop did a factory restore reverting back to windows 8.1 when I try to reinstall windows 10 get error message 0x1900101-0x40017 how can I get windows 10 back.

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Hi.
I have a Toshiba Satellite a500-19x which is about 2 years old. I have had problems with factory reset on the laptop and would like some advice on what might be the problem.

I have done a factory reset on the laptop a few times and each time there was a problem, which I will do my best to explain. What happens is as follows -

Starts factory reset and all goes well. Asks for User Name, Keyboard Layout ect starts to install setup and then start up to a brand new homepage.Next it shuts down. Automatically boots up again, goes through this all again 'Installing setting for System Restore' and then shuts down, boots up and repeat and repeat.

It will do this for maybe 30 minutes before it stops. The computer will turn on and work fine after like factory new.

I brought it back to the shop and they said something about Windows was not installed properly on the laptop at the start and that is why it done it.

The hard drives crashed about a year ago and were replaced through the shop and all worked fine.

However now I would like to preform a factory reset just to spruce up the laptop but am afraid it will still have this problem.

Any help/suggestions or fixes would be appreciate and feel free to ask for more info in case I left anything out.

Thanks

A:Windows 7 Factory reset problem

How are you doing the system restore. Is it from a partition on the Hard Drive or through a set of recovery disks. If you are doing it from the hard drive and the drive was going bad this could have caused the problem. Also if a shop reinstalled the operating system they may not have put the recovery partition on the drive. In this case you would need recovery discs. If you do not have them, they can be ordered through the manufacturer.

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So I recently did a factory reset on my windows 8 computer due to my computers performance anyways after the reset was done my computer was very slow. Every time I would try to open my browser it would open up like literally 1-2 minutes later, even when I open my charms bar it would lag then open it. I did a full virus scan, optimization, clean, SFC SCANNOW in CMD, cleaned my temp, installed all the boatware... I don't know if this is a virus or just a simple error. Any help will be appreciated!
 

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Hi.
I read the sticky on Factory Reset which is very interesting.
As I have had a lot of problems with my old Vista machine lately I was
wondering about Factory Reset or Windows Reinstall.
I have the Recovery Disc that came with the machine 8 years ago.
As a novice I would very much appreciate member views on this topic.
Thanks.

A:Factory Reset or Windows Reinstall.

What is the make and model # of your computer?
Be sure to backup all personal files you want to keep to a USB HDD first.
Your computer probably has a Recovery Partition which you would access pressing a certain key at bootup. For many manufacturers that is the F11 key depending on make.
Or boot up off of your Recovery CD. Either option will wipe all personal files and installed programs and set the computer back to Factory Defaults like it came in the box. If neither of those options work, and you have a retail copy of Vista or Windows 7 disc you can boot from that disc and do a Clean install.

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I bought a laptop from eBay, not sure what model or anything, but it's HP. I was having some issues that *I* caused, as well as I couldn't reset the password to the User Profile I used because the previous owner didn't remove the account and such. Long story short, I did a factory reset of the laptop, and everything went fine until I logged into the new User Profile I made for the computer, and not only was my max screen resolution not as high as it should've been (the maximum I can do right now is 1024x768) but the entire look of the computer, from Windows Internet Explorer to my Icons and Start menu look extremely dated, not at all what it looked like before the factory reset. I just need to know if there's some way to remedy this, and if anyone else has had this issue. I couldn't find anything about it on the internet. If anything else, will this effect how my computer runs games and such.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2630QM CPU @ 2.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 8139 Mb
Graphics Card: Standard VGA Graphics Adapter, 5 Mb (Also, a Radeon)
Hard Drives: C: 581 GB (547 GB Free); D: 14 GB (1 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1659
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Disabled
 

A:Windows 7 Factory Reset Issue

I bought a laptop from eBay, not sure what model or anything, but it's HP.
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1659Click to expand...

What's the model name and complete model number of that HP laptop?
What's the exact serial number and product number on it?
What's the exact Windows version on its Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker?

I'm guessing it's a HP Pavilion dv7 series laptop.

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Hello I need to do a factory reset on my brothers laptop as he has passed away and his daughter wants to use it but i don't have a recovery disc and the OKR doesnt work. when i press the OKR button, the screen comes up where i can select recovery but it just loads into windows normally.  please help 

A:G50-45 - Factory Reset OKR loads windows

Hi westie13 , 
 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
 
Did the machine came with Win 7 /Windows 8 / Win 8.1 / Win10 originally?
You may check on the Windows sticker also.
 
You can attempt to do the OKR again by first turning off the system and remove the battery.
Press down the power button for 12 seconds twice to ensure the power is drained.
Press the novo button (item 9 page 69) to turn on and novo menu should offer system recovery.
One Key Recovery from initial back up would allow you to proceed.
 
Usually recovery disc are orderable from technical support if the OKR image is bad.
Alternatively a Windows installer image can be freely downloadable for windows 8.1 and Windows 10 for you to simply clean install the operating system and download and install the drivers from the support website.
 
Update us how it goes for you.
 
Regards

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I have factory reset once before with windows 10 and it let me keep windows 10 when I did it. But now I want to do it again but it is showing me a notice that if i reset, I will go back to windows 7. Is there a way I can factory reset my pc while still keeping windows 10?

Also I have another question but I don't want to make another thread about it. In games such as cs go, why is my game freezing for no reason? About every 30 sec - 1 min, i freeze for about 5-10 seconds. Between the freezes, i get split second freezes. This is really annoying me. Anybody know how to fix? I am getting a constant 200 fps and 10 ping

A:How to factory reset without losing windows 10?

Hi, factory reset = have the PC restored to the state it was in when you bought it (as far as what's on the disk is concerned!).

If you bought it with Win 7, it will revert to Win 7, assuming you still have the relevant partition on your disk. Everything else on the disk will be lost. Repeat, everything.

You may wish to consider an in-place repair install which allows you to keep everything, and completely refreshes Windows.
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums

Alternatively, you can clean install Win 10, and it will automatically register since you have it installed already. That will only affect the partition on which you have Win 10 installed, but you will lose all programs installed and all settings you have configured, and you will lose all personal data on that partition.

Hope that helps.

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Hi everyone, I recently purchased an Asus G750JM RoG laptop and was concerned with some of the issues I've been reading about the factory reset procedure on the newer models. On the older models I've had to factory reset it was as easy as pressing F9 on boot and selecting to reset the laptop to factory settings, no boot disc/USB or Windows CD key was required, these computers ran on Windows 7.

My computer came with Windows 8.1 factory installed and I had some questions regarding factory reseting this laptop in case it's required in the future. Can I still press F9 while booting and factory reset this computer without needing any sort of recovery CD or my Windows CD key as with past models?

Another question regarding the new "refresh" and "reset" options built into Windows 8 and 8.1, is the reset basically the same thing as the Asus Factory reset on the older models or is it a different method? It seems that on almost all the guides I've looked at people are having issues with needing a recovery CD and their CD key, is there a difference in the two options? Does the windows 8.1 reset still work off the Asus Recovery Partition or if the need arises should I boot into F9? Thanks for the help everyone.

A:Windows 8.1 and Asus factory reset

To reset to factory conditions, F9, Troubleshoot then reset. These instructions are on page 84 of the owners manual.

Notebooks & Ultrabooks - ASUS ROG G750JM - ASUS

Refresh or reset is covered in this tutorial.

Refresh or Reset Windows 8 without Installation Disk

You should create a Recovery Drive

Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

Always backup your data on a regular basis.

You may also create a disk image or your entire computer using something like Mascrium Reflect (Free). If anything happens to the drive, you could restore the image to your computer.

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hi, my laptop came stock with windows 7 64 bit professional in one of the partition, and also DVD.and currently it's being upgraded to windows 10 64 bit. i suspect due to the upgrade, the performance is really slow as it's meant for work. are there anyway that i can get hold of how to restore it to windows 10 64 bit factory setup DVD?

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When i bought this laptop it was windows 8.0later i upgraded it to windows 8.1 if i factory reset it then will it be windows 8.0 itself ?

A:If I factory Reset it will start as Windows 8.0 ?

Hi: That is a very good question because according to the product specs from HP, it didn't come with Windows at all. http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c04168240 But if you are sure it came with W8 from the factory, when you do a factory reset, you will get W8 back on there again, and you will have to get the free upgrade to go back to W8.1.

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My Navy father is shipping back out to Kuwait in a few weeks and a friend gave him a laptop to take overseas. It seems to be plagued with viruses. Google redirects, fake antivirus popups, etc have made this computer nearly unusable. We have tried everything and thought the issues were fixed but they keep coming back. At this point we are at our wits end and just need to wipe the bleeping thing.
Please forgive my noobishness, but I am an amateur when it comes to this stuff and my dad has no one else to help him with this stuff. We need to reinstall windows 7 pro but we do not have any discs and there seems to be no option to completely wipe this thing like i can with my desktop, which apparently has windows 7 formatted to the HDD permanently.
The computer is an HP Elitebook 8560w. As I said we do not have the install discs for windows. Will it be necessary to obtain some discs or is there anything else I can do to completely wipe everything and start from scratch? There is nothing that needs to be backed up. Any help would be most appreciated as my dad would love to be able to use this machine to Skype with his family back home. Thank you in advance.

A:Help reinstalling Windows 7 Pro / factory reset

A factory reset does the job, see http://www.manualslib.com/manual/667014/Hp-Elitebook-8560w.html?page=131 .
 
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So basically my computer has ceased to function on the latest windows 10 update, 100% disk usage is occurring at all times leaving the computer inoperable and I've found that reverting it to factory settings and not updating fixes that. Well the other night I clicked on update and shut down accidentally rather than sleep. I immediately went to factory reset it again and it finished and put me at the setup screen, at that point my power went out. Upon turning the computer back on it came up with the screen That shows the windows logo and has a loading circle, let this "load" for about 2 hours before shutting the damn thing off and rebooting. It takes me back to the same screen where I proceed to give it 8 hours, finally it takes me to a screen that says administrator and has another loading circle, I have now been on this screen for an additional 8 hours. I have no Idea what to do at this point, I have tried to reinstall windows from a DVD and from a USB but for some reason it tells me to insert actual boot media, I have tried multiple different win 7 and 10 isos on dvds and usbs and none will work. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I fear this os is slowly taking my sanity. Thanks.

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i just want to restore to factory settings. i don't have the discs. i cannot create the discs.

i have tried to use the only get a recovery manager, but it just restarts and nothing happens. i tried the same but pressing F11, but i system restore a previous date.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon Dual-Core QL-65, x64 Family 17 Model 3 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2814 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 141757 MB, Free - 13046 MB; D: Total - 10865 MB, Free - 1847 MB;
Motherboard: Wistron, 303C, 08.60,
Antivirus: AntiVir Desktop, Not Updated
 

A:Vista/windows 7 Factory Reset.

Did this machine come with Vista installed and then you installed Windows 7?
If so then the Factory Recover to Vista was wiped out.

So, you will need to get a Vista recover CD from the OEM of the computer OR use the Windows 7 DVD that you upgraded with.
 

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Going to say right off that I have very little knowledge on computers, so I probably won't understand any complex solutions. Hopefully it won't have to come to that.

My mom factory reset her computer as a last resort after we couldn't fix the multitude of problems it had, but after the reset completed, Windows refused to install back onto the system. Originally we had been getting a message that Windows 7 was not compatible with her laptop (which is store bought Acer, not custom-built). However, prior to the reset we had been running Windows 7 just fine. This message, which included an error code, only showed up one time, and we haven't been able to get the error code since (unfortunately I never wrote it down).

Now when we try to start it, it says "setup is starting services." That operation fails, and we get a pop-up that says "Windows could not complete the installation.To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation." Clicking OK just makes the same message pop-up again, and no matter how many times we restart the installation, we just return back to this.

The only solution I've seen suggested in my research of the problem is to try reinstalling Windows via the OS installation disc. However, to my knowledge we have never had a disc to do this with, so that isn't an option for us.

Are there other solutions? My mom's schooling depends on having a working computer, so we're understandably freaking out.

Thanks in advance.

A:Windows 7 Cannot Install After Factory Reset

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I would first try to recover your files this is a little complicated but there's a good video available
Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS

Then after that I would just go ahead and prepare for the worst case and buy win-7 again from either Newegg or Amazon
If you know which bit 32 or 64 and 7 Home Premium or 7 Pro you had before ?
If not post the SNID and brand computer and we might be able to look it up on the manufactures website for you,
The SNID is a tag on usually the bottom of a laptop and or on the side of a desktop that also has the windows activation key on it = We do not need the Key just the SNID # it will tell everything about the machine you bought.

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I'm beginning to reach the end of the road with my laptop, and I'd rather get it working than get a new one, but I'm a tad bit of a noob, so please explain things clearly, thanks.

Upon my intense dissatisfaction with windows 10, I decided to switch to linux, and I therefore created another partition on my hard drive and installed linux on it. Things were fine for a while, I was using linux fulltime, and despite windows 10 still being on my laptop, I never booted into it. This remained the case for around 2-3 weeks, before I decided to switch back to Windows 10.

However, upon attempting to boot into windows 10, the bootscreen came up, but it just stayed there forever, without booting, so I held the power button to get out of it.

I therefore used a system recovery disk that I made a few months ago when windows 10 was still working to get into the recovery options (I can't access them from the OS itself because I can't get into the OS in the first place.)

I went into Troubleshoot and attempted a full system reset, which I hoped would also remove Linux and in general fix all of the problems. However, the reset failed, and I had no clue why it had done so, and so I attempted a startup repair. It searched for faults and before long was displaying the message "Repairing disk errors. This might take over an hour to complete." with the Toshiba logo above it (brand of my laptop). This made me suspect that there may be some kind of hard drive fault. It was running for a fe... Read more

A:Windows won't boot or do a factory reset

Originally Posted by Adam Partridge


I'm beginning to reach the end of the road with my laptop, and I'd rather get it working than get a new one, but I'm a tad bit of a noob, so please explain things clearly, thanks.

Upon my intense dissatisfaction with windows 10, I decided to switch to linux, and I therefore created another partition on my hard drive and installed linux on it. Things were fine for a while, I was using linux fulltime, and despite windows 10 still being on my laptop, I never booted into it. This remained the case for around 2-3 weeks, before I decided to switch back to Windows 10.

However, upon attempting to boot into windows 10, the bootscreen came up, but it just stayed there forever, without booting, so I held the power button to get out of it.

I therefore used a system recovery disk that I made a few months ago when windows 10 was still working to get into the recovery options (I can't access them from the OS itself because I can't get into the OS in the first place.)

I went into Troubleshoot and attempted a full system reset, which I hoped would also remove Linux and in general fix all of the problems. However, the reset failed, and I had no clue why it had done so, and so I attempted a startup repair. It searched for faults and before long was displaying the message "Repairing disk errors. This might take over an hour to complete." with the Toshiba logo above it (brand of my laptop). This made me suspect that there may be ... Read more

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My computer was running slow so I tried to factory reset my computor. It got to 33% and failed. I tried again and again but it keeps getting stuck at 33%. When I try to boot up normal it is unable to start windows so I can't get into safe mode. This is the error it gives me when I try to restore.
Restore failed - error code=0x17 (WIMAPPLYImage cannot apply image : data error (cylinder redundancy check).)
I have an emachines. It has a product key on the side but when I tried to put it in on Microsoft Windows download, from another computer, it said that this key goes to a software from computer. Is there any way I can get windows back?

A:windows failed to factory reset...

Well...eMachines was acquired by Gateway...which was acquired by Acer...which no longer supports the eMachines line.  See http://www.neowin.net/news/acer-ditching-cheap-emachines-pc-brand .
 
Both Gateway and eMachines seem to have a history of possibly faulty recovery mechanisms.
 
The only thing I can suggest is to contact someone at the eMachines website and try to get replacement disks,
 
eMachines Customer Service
 
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I am trying to use the Hp recovery feature to reset my laptop back to the factory default OS windows 8, however when i try to launch into the recovery enviorment using the HP Recovery manager application i am faced with an error "Can?t open file: X:\sources\Recovery\tools\HP\Rita-tool\". i did see the article here http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04758961 stating to download an update to fix this issue, but it did not prevent me from getting this error. my thought is that the HP recovery applications is not truly installed on my OS, im thinking this because it does not show up in the programs and features section in the control pannel, however the files are still intact for it from when i transitioned to windows 10. is it possible to re-install this application properly? i still have the recovery partition on my hard drive i just need a way to load it.

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Hi my recently purchased HP 15 Notebook started freezing a lot and the disk light was staying on continuously. I spoke to a technician and he instructed me to perform a PC reset.

After waiting several hours I realised my PC was stuck at 41% and then after waiting several more hours to see if it would continue it said "There was an error resetting your PC. No changes have been made". I am able to use my PC in Safe Mode but if I perform a Virus Scan or use chkdsk it freezes after some time.

Still unsure what to do. Any help is greatly appreciated!

A:Factory Reset Stuck Windows 8.1

Control Panel > Recovery > create a recovery drive..

Boot from recovery media and select refresh..

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Upgraded to Windows 10, 8 months ago but did not know my Pavilion dv6 did not have Windows 10 drivers to support it.  Now I have problems with Windows update.  Solution is to go back to Windows 7 but not really sure how.First I would backup all personal files (non-applications).-  Would I lose my applications that came with my laptop from HP such as MS Office if I did a factory reset?    - If yes, would HP give me the key to get MS Office reinstalled if my PC is not in warranty anylonger? Or do I have to purchase it again?If I press ESC during startup, will it allow me to go back to Windows 7 There is a D: Recovery drive on the PC and E: HP Tools drive.; what are these used for? Also, I have 3 Discs that were created for me by Geek Squad after i got my laptop in 2010, labeled HP Recovery Disc.  Would I use them to go back to Windows 7 and would they have MS Office on them?

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I was trying to factory reset my laptop to give it away to a friend and when I was doing that it had a problem doing so. So I tried to restart it and now it give me a black screen with white lettering (an operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system.) I tried f11 at the beginning but it just has F11... System recovery but I just freezes..... Help

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so here's what happened. I upgraded my Alienware M18 windows 8.1 to windows 10 and I didn't like it, I used the recovery thing to go back to windows 8.1. I thought its gonna take long so I left it overnight and when I checked my laptop it shows me a bluescreen saying a critical error 0xc0000001 so I tried passing through that blue screen and I managed to get through it but when I wanted to restore factory settings using windows 8.1 every time it restarts to start the reset the blue screen appears again so it won't let me restore to factory settings so what I did I upgraded it again to windows 10 and restored it to factory settings, by the time the restore is finished it was on windows 10, I tried doing the factory reset again but It's still on windows 10. now my laptop is totally empty. when I got my laptop it has an alienware respawn, steam and other stuffs, now my laptop is like an ordinary laptop, no alienware softwares, I didn't do anything when I got my laptop so anything about the saving things on a CD I did not do that.

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