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Q: factory reset windows 8.1

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

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Preferred Solution: factory reset windows 8.1

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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I got this today "Your device is at risk because it’s out of date and missing important security and quality updates.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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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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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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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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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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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?

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and also will i lose all my drivers?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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.

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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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
 
Louis

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Hi,

I'm trying to reboot my Windows 8 (factory reset). I followed the tutorial of eightforums.com, though
it is still not working. I tried three differents things

1. I went to settings, change PC settings, general then remove everything and reinstall windows but I had the following error message "Insert media, some files are missing. Your windows installation or recovery media will provide these files".

2. After booting my usb key with the installation files, I restarted my computer then I went to "Troubleshoot"
then "Reset your PC" and I had the following error message "Insert your Windows installation or recovery media to continue". So failure

3. The last thing I found do not do a factory reset, but ask me where to build the OS between 8 different partition. (I have Debian, Ubuntu (which doesn't work) and windows 8 and one "shared file" between Debian and windows8

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Hello

So I Factory reset my Asus laptop because it was running kind of slow.
When I turned on my laptop there was an error saying that My Computer shut down and I need to restart the Windows installation. I didn't know how to do that so I went to Google and youtube for help. After trying to fix the error I ended up having a 64% loop saying installing windows and then restarting many times without stopping. So I tried to make a bootable USB to try to reinstall windows but it asked for a key wich I'm not sure where to find.
Oh and this was a windows 8 laptop but it came with a free Windows 10 upgrade.
If you have any ideas on what I should do please help and thank you!
 

A:Windows won't install after a factory reset

How exactly did you "factory reset" your ASUS laptop?

What's the exact model number of your ASUS laptop?

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Windows 10 caused so many issues with my laptop. We reset to factory settings and no its says there is no operating system. The recovery partition was corrupt. Where can I get a windows 7 os disk or download?

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So I'm trying to factory reset my laptop to no avail. I am trying to do it through windows PC settings but the app will not open and instead, it gives me an error. I have uploaded the screenshot with the error. I'm unsure if its malware or something but I really want to reset everything.

My internet has been super slow and we already had a tech guy come in from my ISP which they found something but are unsure if its what's causing my incredibly slow speed. I'd rather just try and figure out if its something in my computer (I've tried running a few things that takes a long time to download but they had not detected anything).
 

A:Trying to factory reset my laptop (windows 8.1)

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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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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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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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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
 

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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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I have a password on my computer but I change the password and forgot it. I tried resetting the password on outlook but it was no help. 

A:How do you factory reset a 2000 windows 10?

Hi,Have you upgraded to Windows 10 previously?If so, HP Recovery partition may not work most of the times. Please use HP Recovery USB that you should've created after first setup of this notebook, to factory reset.Else you may have to order HP Recovery USB from HP support directly or do a clean Install of Windows 10 Home using Microsoft windows media creation toolRegardsVisruth

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I really need help on this. I can't seem to fine a solution anywhere
My hp probook 4530s came with windows 7 pro and i had it upgraded to windows 8 pro( i have the disk) then i downgraded back to windows 7 pro using the installation disk that came in with the laptop.
After the reinstall i downloaded the internet driver so i could go online and start doing the windows updates.
But after the reinstall, updates and such, i found that there's nothing on my laptop, like the softwares that should came in with my laptop like the very first time i use my laptop. So i thought of doing a factory reset.

Here's the problem, i know for my laptop to do a factory reset is by pressing F11 on start up but when i do so, it asked me to put an windows installation disk with an error code (see below)
I have the HP_RECOVERY(E: HP_TOOLS(F: and SYSTEM (D: files.
I have the windows installation disk and a Application and Drivers Recovery DVD that came in with my laptop.

Please help me, i've been trying to fix this for a few days now.

ps: on the disk management it says that i'm still missing a few drivers, but i can't go on the HP download page for some reason so i can't get the drivers that is missing.

Here's the message after pressing F11 on start up:
Boot Manager:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
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A:Can't do a factory reset after reinstalling windows 7 pro

unfortunately; this sounds to me like something may have corrupted the boot manager when you tried to downgrade to windows 7. If you have the windows 7 disk; i would try running it off the windows disk and doing a repair. Also; you might want to refer to the following link which will give more in depth detail on how to troubleshoot this:

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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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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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 had my Y50-70 laptop sent in for repair, and when I got it back it had been reset to its factory settings, and Windows 10 had been replaced by Windows 8.1. Now when I try to upgrade to Windows 10 I get an error code from Micorsoft's upgrade tool. The Windows 8.1 version is fully up to date.Got any ideas?I haven't gotten any response from Microsoft about this problem.

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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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I have a HP pavilvion running windows 8.1 , after installing some updates my computer went really slow, now I am trying to do a factory reset, but every time I try to do this my computer says " can't find a find a factory image" or " Unable to reset your PC. a required drive partition is missing".  Thank you.

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I have an msi laptop with windows 7. I have been experiencing some issues with it. Last night I tried to do a factory reset. The one where you press F3 during startup. Everything seemed like it was going great. The progress bar was moving along. It got all the way to the end and nothing happened. I left it alone overnight hoping it was just slow. This morning it's still displaying the progress bar and the elapsed time is still ticking away. Nothing has changed. I don't know what to do! To add to my sense of panic, there is a note on the top of the screen clearly stating to not touch any key while the reset is happening. Clearly the computer is trying to mess with my mind on purpose. 

A:Windows 7 factory reset is stuck

A factory reset should never take more than a couple of hours if that. Obviously something is wrong. If you were having issues before the reset the failure could be due to a hardware issue such as a failing hard drive. You will need to stop the reset. 
 
Do you have access to another computer? If  you do then download UBCD and burn the iso to a CD on a Windows 7 or later computer by right clicking the iso file and selecting Burn Disk Image. Boot UBCD and at the menu screen select HDD > Diagnosis. Scroll down to Seatools for Dos and do the short/long tests. If Seatools for DOS does not detect your drive then at the UBCD menu screen select Parted Magic. At the Parted Magic desktop select Disk Health. It could be called GsmartControl. Run the short and long tests. If they pass boot UBCD again and use Memtest86+ to run a memory test. Let it run for at least 6 passes and preferably overnight. 
 
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

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need some help with a factory reset on windows 8.
my son decided to reset his windows 8 laptop to original factory settings, during the reset process his mom decided it was taking to long and turned off the laptop.
now when its turned on it shows the message "restoring your computer", this message will then change to "diagnosing your computer", the screen will then go blank and it start all over again.
I can boot it from a USB drive, but when I click on "repair" i get an error message that it cant repair the computer.
when i try to run restore from the USB I get a similar message.

is there anyway to run the system restore from the DOS prompt?

A:windows 8 factory reset problem

Welcome to EightForums.

Try doing Reset.


   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.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





You can use the OEM version of
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
   Warning
Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.





The Recovery USB drive can be very problematic, I recommend you also make a Windows System Image.

System Image - Create in Windows 8

Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

or
look for a 3rd party ,Backup software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
Which is signed by Microsoft.

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I own a low-budget gaming laptop and recently I did a factory reset. Ever since then, this game I play has been lagging (brief screen freezes). The lag only happens when I press a button specifically when I use skills, or whenever a message shows up in the in-game system message box. Holding down a skill button makes the game stutter pretty badly, but the game runs smoothly when I'm not pressing anything. I've tried to install nothing but the game after another factory reset but the lag was still there. The weird thing is that I do not see this issue in any of the other games that I play. What might be causing this? Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you!
 

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hi there I bought windows 8 as a download back when it was first released. I reverted my computer back tofactory settings today to solve a few problems I was having with my system, however I am now back to windows vista!! how can I recover my windows 8?

A:how can I get windows 8 back after a factory reset?

I dont believe you can undo a reset/refresh unless you made an image of wiin8 at some point when it was running..

You may have to reinstall that downloaded version.

Which reminds me Im going to do one today! I have my win8 setup very nice, I dont want to have to re-do it...

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Hi all,

Recently my computer has been encountering problems involving speed and whatnot, and I have found no method of fixing them. I have been looking to reset my PC, and went to do so through the built-in tool that is supplied on my ASUS laptop, by pressing F9 at startup. I chose to reset my PC, but it returned an error saying the recovery partition couldn't be found. So I went to do so through the PC settings, and it rebooted my computer and told me the reset failed. I checked and found the recovery partition using MiniTool Partition Wizard, so it still exists.

Apparently this is an error other ASUS users have found after updating to Windows 8.1. I don't know how to solve this problem, and figured I may as well reinstall a fresh copy of Windows 8 without all the ASUS bloatware and garbage. So I hunted for a Windows 8 ISO file, and failed. I've tried multiple methods. One involving using a product key to download Windows 8 to an ISO file through Microsoft's Windows 8 Setup, and that failed because the product key was OEM BIOS-based, and not retail.

So I'm stuck between two problems here:
I can either try and do a factory reset by somehow fixing the recovery partition through some miracle, or;With extreme luck find a Windows 8 Core ISO setup, and install that and refind the drivers for my PC.

Any help would be gladly appreciated for either. :/
PS: sorry for the overly-long sloppy post, it's really late and I'm too tired to think properly. Apologies for my stupidness.

A:Can't Factory Reset on Windows 8.1 (ASUS)--Looking for ISO

Probable cause is that your recovery partition is corrupted. You may order Recovery Disks from Asus:
http://www.service.asus.com/#!faq/c24i6

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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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