By Delia / Last update April 26, 2016

About factory reset

When your laptop is running slowly or you want to give the laptop away, you may want to delete everything and reinstall Windows, which can be easily achieved by doing a factory reset. Then how to factory reset a laptop? Generally, laptops come with a recovery disc (CD or DVD) that allows you to reset your PC to factory settings. Some laptop manufacturers build a hidden recovery partition, which works the same as the factory recovery disc, on the laptop hard drive.

Restore factory settings guide

Since factory resetting will erase all of your data, you may want to backup files before performing factory reset laptop. Before you do, you need to check if the recovery partition is intact on your hard drive in Disk Management, and backup your files, you can follow the steps below to start factory reset.

1. Reboot your laptop. If your laptop enables fast boot, which is enabled by default in Windows 8, you may need to disable it.

2. At the Windows start-up, press the right key or key combination to boot into recovery environment. The laptop from different manufacturer may have different specified key for recovery partition. For example, recovery partition key for Acer is Alt + F10, Asus – F9, Dell– F8, HP – F11, Lenovo – F11, Samsung – F4, Sony – F10. If you use recovery disc, you need to change the first boot order to CD/DVD in BIOS.

3. At this point, you can see the instructions about how to reset your laptop. It is all about clicking Next or OK.

If you have upgraded your laptop to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8.1, the recovery partition on the hard drive will not work. Therefore, in this case, you have to use recovery disc to restore laptop to factory settings. In Windows 8 or 10, Windows allows you to reset your PC to the state when the current operating system was just installed. You can go to Start > Settings > Update & Security> Recovery, and click Get Started under Reset this PC.

Restore laptop without recovery disc or recovery partition

When your computer gets virus or slow, factory reset laptop will fix that, but it takes a lot of time to copy files and install your applications. What if there is a way that allows you to restore your computer to previous state and it does not take much disk space? You can use free backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard to automatically backup your laptop. It can perform incremental backup or differential backup, so it will not consume large space. After creating a backup with AOMEI Backupper, you can launch this freeware and select a restore point to begin the restore .

To restore laptop with AOMEI Backupper:

1. Open AOMEI Backupper, and click “Restore” to begin with.


2. Click “Path” to locate and select the image backup file.


3. In the next screen, select a backup point and click “Next”.

Select Restore Point

4. Select destination location and click “Next”. If you want to restore to the original location, it will skip this step.

Restore Location

5. At the operation summary screen, click “Start Restore” to start the restore.

Start Restore

Besides system backup and restore, you can also backup files, partitions, and disks with AOMEI Backupper. Instead of considering how to factory reset a laptop, you can easily restore your laptop when it is unbootable with AOMEI Backupper.