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Q: how to restore hp probook 4540s to factory settings

I'm having issue restoring my laptop to factory new. I do i have hp disk with the purchase with my laptop, however i have no idea how to restore the laptop to factory new with the disk.

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A: how to restore hp probook 4540s to factory settings

Hi, I hope below link should help you. Please Back up all personal files and read all caution statements before performing a system recovery Performing an HP system recovery: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03489643 Thanks,Karthik

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no disk was provided at purchase and a user set admin password. Must get in to restore to original settings upon purchase. The F11 key for restore is not available when esc key is pressed during start up.How do I get inside this computer???
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A:Restore HP Probook 4520s to factory settings

Hi, See if you can remove the Admin Password - see Here.  When done, try option 1 in my previous post.  Otherwise, the only other options are to order Recovery Disc, or if notebook came with Windows 7, try the following. There may be a work around if you have ( or can borrow ) a retail Windows 7 installation disc that is exactly the same version as your OEM installation - ie if your notebook came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit this is the exact retail version you would need. If you have access to this, just use the retail disc to perform the installation, enter the activation key found on the underside of your notebook when requested and when the installation has completed, use the 'Phone Method' detailed in the link below to activate the OS - this method supported by Microsoft and is popular with people who just want a clean installation of Windows 7 without the additional software load normally bundled with OEM installations. http://www.kodyaz.com/articles/how-to-activate-windows-7-by-phone.aspx Any additional drivers you may need can be found starting Here. Regards, DP-K?

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Hello!Please help solve the problem, I have HP ProBook 4540s Notebook (product: H5J85EA), there is a need vocstanovit operating system with built-in restoration, but there is a problem - it some service areas previously reinstalled the operating system by hand and have been cleaned, but the section with the image operatsioonoy system (HP_RECOVERY, HP_TOOLS) nebyli removed. Tried to use HP Cloud Recovery but there is a choice to download the image is given only to Windows 7 Pro, and I was originally running Windows 8 Pro.How can I restore operation restore by pressing F11, or how to install HP Recovery Manager that would restore the licensed version of the image has already been under set of Windows?Sorry for my English, I use a translator.

A:HP ProBook 4540s (H5J85EA) does not work system restore

Unfortunately, the recovery media is not a downloadable product. If the notebook is older than three years, the recovery media is no longer maintained in inventory nor sold by HP. If the recovery partition was deleted, then  recovery by pressing F11 and using the recovery manager is no longer a viable option. Which language do you need for the Windows 8.1 ISO? Is it Russian? I am basing that on the product number you provided. Try the following Microsoft global website to download a Windows 8.1 ISO.https://www.microsoft.com/ru-ru/software-download/windows8  

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Hello, my mother in-law bought a Hp ProBook 450 G1 and they set up a profile to lock computer.After creating the profile, they forgot the password to get in. When you put power button on,it shows login with user ID:Enter password then just below enter password,it says Audible Alerts:DisabledPress F5 to enableCan someone please help me to reset factory settings or to get in..??

A:How can i reset factory settings of a locked Hp probook 450 ...

Your mother-in-law will need to contact HP support to resolve the issue. She might have to send it to an HP Service Center to get this issue resolved. Enterprise class notebooks have very stringent security implementations.  They are not at all like consumer class products.  

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I cannot get past the black screen error message not allowing me to get into Windows 10 to access reset options.  Can I download a factory reset usb flash drive?

A:How do I revert back to factory settings in a HP Probook 655...

annualman17 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! I see you're running Win10. Did the PC come preinstalled with Win10? Or, did you upgrade it from a prior OS to Win10?This is important as the recovery/reset method is different for the two situations.We can proceed when you provide the answers.

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I have a ProBook 4430s running Windows 7 64-bit. A year ago I made the mistake of upgrading to Windows 10. Prior to performing this upgrade I was able to access my 5G wifi connection. After the upgrade I was no longer able to find this connection. I was only able to find the 2.4g band. I researched the issue and it seemed that I needed to find and install an upgraded wifi driver. After much more research and trying different drivers I was unable to accomplish my desired goal. I finally decided to bag Win10 and go back to Win7. I reinstalled Win7 64-bit. However, I am still unable to find the 5G band. My next step seems to be to try to recover the laptop to factory settings and see if that fixes the issue. However, I can't seem to find the factory reset. Can anyone offer assistance on one of the two following options? 1. Running the factory reset program.2. Alternatives on finding the right driver or method of turning the 5G wifi band back on. Thanks much Doug [email protected]

A:Need to restore Probook 4430s to factory

Hello @Doug_Harding Welcome to the HP Support forum. Thank you for posting. This is a public forum visible for the entire world. The forum is full of users like you, volunteers like me and some HP employees. You do not communicate with HP Support officially here. Please, edit your comment to remove your personal email from your post to avoid issues with fake emails/spammers/etc.   If you want to return the PC to factory default condition and if you never created your own HP recovery media,  you will have to use original HP recovery media. In order to use the correct kit, it is very important to find your product number (PN) - here is how >> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00033108 Write the PN down. After that, please, visit this 3rd party company's website >> http://www.computersurgeons.com/search.aspx?searchterm=4430s and search for the correct recovery media based on your product number. After you receive the media, you will need to boot from them (first one). Here are the full instructions >> http://hp.dezide.com/ts/start.jsp?guide=HPSystemRecovery.net&as=true&section=ccweb&SFS=tdoc&language... Follow the instructions. Hope this helps. Let me know if you face difficulties.

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Dear All,

i have a HP Probook 4520s (now out of warranty) and i want to bring the same to factory condition bcoz of virus issues.

Now, on various forums i read there is an option of F11 for recovery manager, which is not working in my case.

1) In Disk management I can see my recovery partition (15 gb) but with no option of making it active.

2) My recovery partion is more like a folder in C: HP_RECOVERY_mountHPSF

What can be the best way to restore to the factory condition. This is a legitimate Windows 7 copy and therefore i do not want to install some other copy, also there could be issues with drivers and all.

I would really appreciate if the forum members can help me in resolving the issue.



A:Not able to restore my HP Probook 4520s to factory condition

Hallo Nik
Visit the following site and see the solution of your problem.

Remember to backup your files before attempting the solution.
Good luck

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Well i have a gateway computer and windows 7 i have lost the cd and i have no access to the admin account since i have forgot the password so im on a standard user account and i need to do a system restore.

A:System Restore/Restore to factory settings without admin access.

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Hi, I have a HP ProBook 4540s and it currently has a BIOS password which I don't remember. Is there any way I can either wipe the password to be null or somehow have it bypassed?  Thanks,

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my computer has urgently shut down and i dont know the reason why


That is what we are going to try to figure out. Do a hard reset: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01684768 Now plug in just the AC adapter. Hit the power buton. What happens?   

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Attempted to up-date to Windows 10. Couldn't do it. Microsoft (MS) Tech tried to do it and couldn't do it. It seems there are some security tools that must be removed as they are incompatable with Windows 10. MS tried to remove and couldn't do it. He said they were on the mother board and when he tried to remove them they just kept coming back so once again he couldn't do it. He said contact HP and they could do it. Unable to find anybody at HP that can do it. As you can see nobody can do it so I guess it just cannot be done. That is unless some fine person out there has discovered a way to do it. If thats the case please tell me ho wo do it.

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i just bought a probook 4540s from my local school  because they where getting rid of there old computers and it wont let me even get past the administrator login so i can change the settings and there is no f11 option. please help me figure out how to get it taken care of because im planning on giving it to my sister as soon as i can get it back to factory settings. 

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HiI tried to update to W10 and failed with OXC 1900200 which suggests a compatibility issue. It is unclear on the HP website if this model supports W10 -  HP has not tested your PC model for upgrade to Windows 10.If your Windows 7 or 8 PC was manufactured before August 2013 or is running Windows XP or Windows Vista, HP cannot confirm it can be upgraded to Windows 10.  Can anybody offer an advice if the 4540S supports the W10 upgrade and if so any advice on what may be causing the error. ThanksJohn

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Hi everyone!HDD on my notebook died so I want to buy SDD for it but I have no idea which are compatible with Probook 4540s. How do I know an SDD is compatible with my notebook?Ty

A:SDD compatible with ProBook 4540s

HI. These SSDs would be compatible: -Kingston SSDNow UV400 SSD-Samsung 850 Evo 250 GB-Samsung 850 Evo 500 GB-1 TB Samsung 850 Evo-SanDisk Ultra II 960GB-Samsung 840 Evo 250 GB-Crucial MX300 525GB-Samsung 840 Evo 120 GB-1 TB mushkin Reactor HP - Compaq> 4540s ProBook https://www.kingston.com/es/memory/search?devicetype=3&mfr=HEW&line=ProBook&model=77881 Regards.

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Good day my Hp pro book 4540s is faulty and i didnt find it fixed yet..so you guys should help me out with ideas or what to do.i bought a new battary and plug it in but the will be seeing it charging and when i unplug it ithe system short down..so i will need to use charge stairght from the socket before the system can on back..so whats the solution?

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Hello! My ProBook 4540s was working fine until a half hour ago, when I unplugged it to move it and then attempted to plug it back in, and it stopped charging.  When plugging in the power cord (that came with the ProBook when I bought it around 18 months ago), the light above the power jack (and no other lights) flashes white 9 times. I've tried following this fix I found on Google: 1. Turn off the notebook2. remove the battery3. remove the charging adapter4. press + hold the power button for 40 seconds5. insert the charging adaptor only6. press the power button and it supposedly continues but I get stuck at this point, because even plugged in, my ProBook won't start up without the battery in also. Is this a know problem/is there a fix for this?

A:ProBook 4540s not charging

Thank you for using HP support forum. I have sent you a private message. If you?re unsure how to check your private messages please click here.Thank you,Omar

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Hi, I ve been using a Probook 4540s from the year 2013. Today while I was reading a book (offline) my display stated to give some unclear pictures. Pictures were moving up and down and gave overlapped scences. Please refer the attached GIF or click here to understand the scenario (Link to GIF https://giphy.com/gifs/QzGO4cPW76wUM ) I updated the Intel Video Driver also but it could not solve the issue. Then I restarted the computer. During the boot process I realized it is not a software issue as the dispaly was acting the same. I feel this is like a hardware issue in the display or the ribbon cable.Please look at this and help me solve the case. Highly appreciate your coordiantion on this. Thanks,Isuru Reference Image

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Hi,  i have one bizzare problem. My HP probook  4540s is not recognising USB drives larger then 8 gb. (in my computer or disc management)  All drivers are installed. What should i do ?  

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I just have a quick question that i have not been able to find online anywhere and am wondering if you can provide some resolution for me. When I access the BIOS by clicking the F10 key on my laptop when I boot it I get the below environment which seems to be what everyone gets Now my question is if there is anyway to access a more "user friendly" BIOS layout like every other laptop/computer has shown below. I find that I don't have access to every option on my laptop in the BIOS that is currently present and I have the F60 BIOS which is the most recent one but most things are grayed out and I can't change things like the RAM speed or anything like that so I feel like I actually have no control over my system

A:BIOS for Probook 4540s

Nobody has anything to say?

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I have a new ProBook 4540s notebook that I shut down over the weekend. I am not sure if I put it into hibernate, sleep, or what as I am still getting use to it. When I tried to turn it on (not plugged in) I got nothing. So I plugged in the power cord and hit the power button again. All it did was the LED above the cord plug blinked about 8 times and nothing else. I let it "charge" overnight and tried again in the morning. Nothing but a blinking LED. I Googled the problem and it said to take the battery out, unplug, and hold the power button down for 20 seconds. I plugged it back in but left the battery out, and still the same thing - flashing LED. HELP! Thanks.

A:My new ProBook 4540s will not turn on

Hey SBProBook,Do any other LEDs blink? Take a look at this document and let us know if you see any matches to these patterns:http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01443366

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I am just wondering whether I can put a eGPU on my HP Probook 4540s to play some of the more modern games and some of the games that are a few years old now on something like high to ultra graphics. I'm thinking something along the line of a NVIDIA GTX 960 or 970ish. I actually even found some GeForce GTX 1050's at a cheaper price so is there a way I could connect something like that to this laptop. It would be cheaper then trying to save for an actual gaming rig at this time. Thank you for any replies its much appreciated.

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I found that my Probook 4540s sometimes cannot boot. I have to use the trick applied to 4530s: remove battery, press power button for 40s, put the adapter. Sometimes the trick works, sometimes it doesn't.  Is this a bios issue? Any solution for this?


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A:HP Probook 4540s cannot boot - sometimes

Well did you try reseating the memory? Has the computer worked since you have upgraded the memory? Also are the memory chips the same speed? If your running two different speed chips it could cause this issue.  ThanksSean

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I'm honestly not tech savvy by any means but I really need help fixing my laptop. I've had a trojan on it for a while so if I'm on it longer than a few minutes it blue screens me and restarts. So I wanted to restore it to factory settings, but when I did the "F10/ALT" approach, after the black screen with white writing comes up, it shows a window saying "Error: RCD.dat does not existed." (word for word) and then I click "OK" and it just goes straight to normal startup. Help please?

A:won't let me restore to factory settings

Oh yeah its an Acer, I'm not sure which model

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After searching haven't found a definitive answer, and I'm a mac guy so knowledge of windows OS fairly limited. Using a Thinkcentre at work that came preinstalled with win 7 and then upgraded to win10. Recently replaced with a new desktop and was given the Thinkcentre. I want to restore it to factory specs. I understand everything about file losses etc., but my question  is will it revert to win 7 (preferred). I have no discs or installation media. 

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Hi all

I have an advent 6552, windows vista, and I want to restore it to the factory settings. It told me online to press f8 to bring up an option to repair computer. This option is not on my list when I press f8. Is there any other way of doing it.?? I have tried in the control centre but can't find anything.


A:Trying to restore to factory settings

Closing duplicate. Stick to your thread in the Windows Vista forum here: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/1133284-problem-restoring-factory-settings.html - Numerous threads will only confuse other helpers.

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hi my computer was used by my family for ages and so many viruses have been downloaded.
i have had enough and just want it to go back to factory settings and start all over again.
i do not have a back up disc or restore cd i just have the computer.

is there anyone smarter then me who can please help me to restore it back to factory settings?

It is a laptop running on windows XP


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My son has an Acer Aspire 6930 laptop. It came with Vista, but he let a friend put a bootlegged copy of Win 7 on it.

Now he just wants to reset the whole thing back to factory settings, but we've been unable to do so. When I try alt and F10, the following comes up:

Edit Windows boot options for: Windows 7
Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Partition: 3
Hard Disk: 91a9ef1d

and then there's a white, non-blinking cursor after it.
In the left bottom corner, it says Enter=Submit
In the right, ESC=Cancel

So, the two questions are:

1. Can the laptop be restored back to factory settings, and
2. Can Vista be put back?

We have no restore or recovery disks.



A:Trying to do a restore to factory settings

seems you have to enter BIOS to enable recovery disk in boot menu.

your manual here . http://global-download.acer.com/GDFiles/Document/User%20Manual/AS_GE_1.0_A_Eng.zip?acerid=633646694786956080&Step1=Notebook&Step2=Aspire&Step3=Aspire%206930&OS=721&LC=en&BC=Acer&SC=PA_4

you could first check in Disk Management to make sure the Recovery Partition is still there as your helpful friend may have nuked it for the Win7 install.

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I have a dell Inspiron n7010 and im trying to reformat my computer. I backed up all my personal files into an external hdd. However when I try to restore my laptop to its factory settings, I get stuck. Upon booting up my computer I press f8 to get into the advanced boot menu. From there I select system repair but after selecting that, it always gets stuck at windows is loading files. It doesn't look my computer is loading anything either and it doesn't make sounds as of it were. Can anyone help me? I don't have my windows 7 installation cd with me which is why I'm doing it this way.

A:Can't restore to factory settings I

What options are shown on Advanced menu other than system repair? I believe the options are self explanatory. Have you tried creating Recovery discs first just in case?

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I'm trying to restore my vista acer aspire 5536 to factory settings simply so I can make a fresh start with the laptop. I get to the boot screen, hit enter on repair my computer and get to the system recovery console. Then I click complete PC restore and I get an error message saying:

'A valid backup location could not be found. Attach the backup hard disc or insert the final dvd from a backup set'

I dont have any discs. Is there a workaround?

A:Restore to factory settings

You should be able to get disc's here.

PS, What is wrong with your computer? We have a lot of great Tech's here that should be able to help you get it running again. Restoring the computer back to when you received it is a real long process with getting everything up to date again.

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i have an acer aspire 5920g and it is going wrong all the time. Now it takes ages to get to my account once password has been put in. Then there is more trouble when i do get on my account. Too many viriuses in the past must of done some damage. I need to know how to reset this computer to factory setting so as to start afresh. Have gone through this forum but have not seen any thing on how i can do this so please help

A:how do i restore factory settings

From the on-line service manual:

Acer eRecovery Management

Acer eRecovery Management is a tool to quickly backup and restore the system.
You can create and save a backup of the current system configuration to hard
disk, CD or DVD. You can also backup/restore the factory default image, and
reinstall applications and drivers.

Acer eRecovery Management consists of the following functions:

1 Create backup

2 Burn backup disc

3 Restore and recovery

This chapter will guide you through each process.

Note: This feature is only available on certain models. For systems
that do not have a built-in optical disc burner, plug in an external
optical disc burner before entering Acer eRecovery Management
for optical disc-related tasks.

When using Acer eRecovery Management, you may be prompted to enter the
Empowering Technology password to proceed. The Empowering Technology
password is set using the Empowering Technology toolbar or when first running
Acer eLock Management or Acer eRecovery Management.

Create backup

You can easily create full and fast (incremental) backup images of your system
configuration to hard disk from the main Acer eRecovery Management screen.
Note: Fast (incremental) Backup is only available after a Full
Backup is made.

1 Press <Alt> + <F10> or select Acer eRecovery Management from the
Empowering Technology toolbar to start Acer eRecovery Management.

2 In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select the type of backup you
want to create using Ful... Read more

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hello i have a zoostorm pc with a recovery partition. I can not access the repair my computer through the f8 key it has disappeard . using win vista home premium

A:restore to factory settings

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I have a gateway vista that's pretty old. I got it cleaned up thanks to a few of you WONDERFUL people. My hubby's was a bit slow too and it was suggested I go to factory reset. I have no problem doing it. He has an asus running vista.
I downloaded a STUPID coupon.com driver to print coupons for my client. I uninstalled it and it still shows up in internet explorer. I heard this is very common. I would just like to reset my computer to factory reset and I can always reload malware and other protectors, my office software, etc.
Problem is I read a few posts on how to do it. Start, gateway, restore.....it asks for administrator, guest, or owner. In the past I have ALWAYS used just a few passwords. It's telling me I must contact the computer administrator. Is there any way around this?

A:help to restore factory settings

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Sorry if this is in the wrong section, i wasnt sure. I am wanting to restore my dell inspiron 6400 to factory settings but not sure how. I have researched on the internet but all i can find is people saying to press ctrl+f11 at startup but that doesnt do anything :/ any help would be great, thanks

A:Restore to factory settings

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hey my name is Santana,
I'm trying to use the System Recovery function mentioned in the manual to restore the 1201N to factory configuration because I need to return it. I've tried several times to get to System Recovery by pressing F9 during bootup but I never get to it. Instead I see the Windows boot menu. I have turned off Boot Booster in the BIOS but this does not help. Can anyone help me with accessing the System Recovery function? Thanks! i have also read the manual is there any other way?

A:Restore to factory settings?

I found this post (http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?board_id=20&model=Eee+PC+1201N&id=20100127075959234&page=1&SLanguage=en-us explaining how to access System Recovery and mentioning that you can be misled by the 'loading Windows' message because the System Recovery partition also loads a version of Windows. It also mentions that you can boot from a System Recovery CD if, for example, you've deleted your recovery partition.

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i would like to restore my laptop(Compaq Presario V2000) back to factory settings. my uncle gave me his old LT when he bought a new one. he did not have any recovery CD's and the built in ones had already been created and therefore i can not burn my personal copy of recover cd's from the LT itself. i have recently had a battle of serious viruses, trojans, and etc. my last battle i was receiving help to rid the backdoor rootkit(i think it was a rootkit) Zero.Access. i was instructed to use the combofix app. once it ran and attempted to reboot i had completely lost access to my KYBD and mouse(pad) on 12/12/11. still using the help i was told to run combofix again on the 14th in which a restore point was made along the registry restore. i was told 2days ago to run a registry restore within combofix to try to get the kybd and mouse working. the restore point created is not on the date in which the problem occurred. i was then instructed to do a sys restore before using combofix which was on the 12th. there are several restore points for the month of december as well as 3points before the 12th and one point on the 12th. i have tried to access all of those points but my computer will not let me gain access to the sys restore. i have tried to do the restore in safe mode with no luck. i would just like to start over and do clean sweep of the LT but i dont have any disc. i was wondering if there is a way to do this.

A:Restore to factory settings??

The first thing to check is whether you can restore your computer from a restore partition on the hard drive.

If that doesn't work, and depending on how old your computer is, you may be able to buy recovery discs. Have you seen this page?

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i have just brought a new laptop. I got a bit excited and downloaded to much software etc and made to many changes. now Im not happy with it!

should i restore to factory settings and start fresh?


A:Should I restore my factory settings

Restoring to factory settings is a good idea, but before that, back up your user dara and other data (documents, music, movies, pictures etc) externally.

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I am selling this computer but I would like to restore it to factory settings before I do because it is full of my personal info,software etc. I know it can be done but I dont know how to begin...

A:restore to factory settings

There's some useful info in this previous thread:


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hello there ,
i have a problem with my Asus laptop.
my problem is that after updating to windows 10 and then clean install it , i lost my option to restore factory settings.
i have read lot of threads here , and tried many options but always failed !

i have noticed that i should have the recovery partition and the recovery wim file in it.
i have the partition recovery and wim file ! . ( called install.wim !)
i have tried Asus Backtracker and got this message :

many of you gonna say check your USB disk , no i have tested my USB and it's work fine ! it has 32 Gb of storage and it's ok i have formatted it and used it many times and its work well .
F9 is not working , no restore factory settings.
this is the partition list ,
thank you.

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hi im having issues with resetting compaq presario cq56 back to factory settings i keep pressing f11 but nothing happens it keeps loading window not the files 

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How can i restore my computer to factory settings. It will only allow me to go back to an earlier time or re install windows using a disc. A disc did not come with my computer. Hope you can help. Thanx

A:How to Restore Factory Settings

Hello Karen, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If this is for the Toshiba in your system specs, then the link below from Toshiba can help show you how to do a factory recovery.

How to recover a Toshiba notebook with the HDD recovery procedure

Hope this helps,

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Hi I'm having trouble restoring an acer laptop to factory settings. I just purchased the laptop 3 days ago.
I'm having multiple issues with it so I want to return it.
#1 - Control panel freezes when I open it.
#2 - the audio service is not running
#3 - I cannot access the Update & Recovery in the PC settings.
#4 - it says I am not connected to internet when I am.

before all these issues happened, there was a strange sound from the laptop then it said restarting to finish update. Idk why that happened. I was surfing the internet when it happened.

Please someone help me.

A:can't restore to factory settings. Help.

Your restoring it to Factory Settings after only having it 3 days, what happened for your to perform the Restore. Send it back for repair or exchange.

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I am trying to restore an old Dell Dimension running Windows XP to original factory settings. I want to sell the computer so I want it to be restored and have any info I have on it wiped off.

I have tried Ctrl-F11 at startup hitting it on the screen where it has the Dell screen before it gets to the Microsoft Windows screen, but it just is not working. At first I had a Diskette 0 error and so I read online about how to go in to the BIOS and turn off the Diskette drive. So I did that and I no longer see that error but I still just cannot get into the setup screen in order to do a System Restore.

Can anyone help?

A:Help! Trying to restore PC to factory settings

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Hi.  I have an Acer nettop which originally came with Win 7 64 bit and I then upgraded to Windows 8.  I would like to sell it but obviously need to remove all my personal data first.  My question is what's is the best way to do this?  I have no CD so I would have to restore PC via recovery partition.  If I do that will my data be safely destroyed? And once restored to Win 7 factory settings, will I be able to re-use my upgrade to Win 8? Any advice would be much appreciated.  Thanks.

A:Restore pc to factory settings

 That depends on just how much security you want with the old data.  The most secure obviously is to remove the hard drive and give it a few good whacks with a sledge hammer.  I'll quickly add that's a bit drastic for most purposes tho.  The easiest thing to do would probably to delete most everything from your My Documents and Downloads folders, delete all your emails and contacts (if you're using an email client), then delete all your pictures.  If you have an application with your financial data, uninstall it and any folders it keeps your data in.  Then do a defrag.  I guess a security close to the sledge hammer would be to run something like DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke), then reload all the software.  There're probably other things some folks do, but when I worked a few years refurbishing old computers, we did the last of these.
Good luck.

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I have an Asus F3F. I have been trying all of the functions to bring up the restore screen on startup (F9 is the one I have tried most as this is the applicable one) and the screen will just not come up.

Now I changed the name of the D: drive and converted it from FAT32 to NTFS as FAT32 would not let me download single files in excess of 4GB. In trying to restore, the computer has made a new drive called F: RESTORE which is in FAT32.

Now I know the obvious answer is to use a recovery disc, however my disc drive is broken and I am unable to do this. So did converting my D: drive kill the recovery partition or is it something else?

Any help would be much appreciated as my computer is running awfully and a restore would help no end to clear off all the junk.

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Restore the Factory Settings in XP Without a CD

WARNING: When you restore a computer to the original factory settings, you will lose all files, documents and programs that have been added to the system's hard drive. In most cases, this loss should be considered permanent.

1) Restart the computer.

2) Press the "F8" key after the computer reboots but before the "Windows" logo appears on the screen. You should now see the "Advanced Boot" menu.

3)Scroll down through the menu options using the down arrow key. Stop when "Repair Your Computer" is highlighted and hit the "Enter" key.

4)Select the language you wish to use and press the "Enter" key.

5) Type in the computer's administrator ID and password. Press the "Enter" key.

6) Scroll through the options using the down arrow key. Choose "Restore (name of computer manufacturer) Settings." Press the "Enter" key.

7) Choose "Yes" when asked if you want to reformat the hard drive.

8) Press the "Enter" key to begin the reformatting process. The process takes a few minutes, so be patient. Do not turn off the computer or attempt to stop the process after it has begun, or this may result in major damage to the hard drive.

9) Choose "Finish" and press the "Enter" key to restart the computer. The computer will restart with the original factory settings

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My problem is with my hp laptop running windows vista. laptop is hp pavilion dv6225us. OS was upgraded to windows 7 ultimate. was getting messages saying this version of windows 7 was not genuine so i tried to restore my laptop to factory settings. this failed. do not recovery disc; could not get recovery manager by pressing f11 at boot up. now at boot up i receive this message 'remove discs or media; press any key to restart. pressing any key nothing happens. how can i get to recovery partition to restore to factory settings.

A:need to restore to factory settings

So you installed a non genuine copy of windows did ya?

if your factory restore image has been corrupted then the only option is to contact hp and get discs from them.

when you press f11 at boot what actually happens?

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I have a Dell Vostro 1400 laptop, it blue screens frequently and I wondered if restoring the factory setting will fix the problem?

If so how do I go about doing this? I have all the discs the laptop came with including 2 with drivers & 1 with operating system.

Another reason for wanting to clear the laptop is that I need to uninstall a program, which currently wont uninstall due to an error to do with setup.exe?!

Any help would be much appreciated, as im no expert when things go wrong!

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