How to Restore My HP Laptop to Factory Settings (Top 2 Ways)

How to restore my HP laptop to factory settings? This article teaches you how to do it easily using Windows' built-in tools and using disk wipe!


By Miya Updated on September 28, 2023

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How Do I Restore My HP Computer to Factory Settings?

You might be thinking about a question: how to restore my HP laptop to factory settings? Resetting your HP laptop can serve as an effective solution to address a range of issues you may encounter. Whether you're dealing with sluggish performance, software errors, BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), 100% disk usage, or other problems, resetting your HP laptop to its original settings offers a swift resolution to these issues.

Restore My HP Laptop to Factory Settings

But what are the top ways to enable HP laptop factory restore? In this article, we'll go through the steps you need to follow to restore HP laptop to factory settings and get it back to working like new.

How to Restore My HP Laptop to Factory Settings with 2 Ways

When it comes to restore my HP laptop to factory settings, you have several flexible options available to accomplish the task. You can utilize the built-in tool in Windows called Reset this PC, or you can make use of the disk wipe feature in AOMEI Backupper. Continue reading to delve into the details and learn more about these options.

Tip: Prior to initiating the reset process, it is crucial to acknowledge that resetting your HP laptop will result in the deletion of all your personal files and installed programs. So you can back up HP laptop before proceeding with the reset.

1. Restore My HP Laptop to Factory Settings with Reset This PC

Reset this PC is a convenient feature that enables you to restore your computer to its default settings, providing a fresh start and resolving various issues. You can choose to retain your personal files or remove everything, initiating a clean installation of Windows. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to reset your HP laptop.

  • If your HP laptop is able to boot up normally:

Step 1. To access the reset feature, click on the Start menu, then go to Settings > System > Recovery. From there, select Reset this PC and then choose Reset PC.

Reset PC

Step 2. You will be presented with two options: Keep my files or Remove everything.

Opting for the first choice will retain your personal files while removing apps and settings.
On the other hand, selecting the second option will completely erase all data on your laptop. Choose the option that aligns with your specific requirements.

Keep My Files

Step 3. Next, you will be presented with the choices of Cloud download and Local reinstall.

Local Reinstall

Step 4. Subsequently, you will have another opportunity to configure Additional settings, such as deciding whether to clean the data.

Additional Dettings

Step 5. Once you have confirmed the settings, you will need to wait for a while until the Ready to Reset this PC screen appears. This screen will provide you with an overview of what will be reset. Click on Reset and patiently wait for the factory reset process to complete.

Ready to Reset

  •  If your HP laptop is unable to boot up normally:

If your laptop fails to start up properly, you can follow these steps to access the Windows recovery environment:

Step 1. When the startup screen appears, press and hold the power button to turn off the PC. Immediately turn it back on and repeat this action three times.

Step 2. After the third attempt, your laptop should enter the Windows recovery environment.

Step 3. From there, select Troubleshoot and then choose Reset this PC.

Step 4. The reset process will be identical to the situation described in steps 2, 3, 4, and 5 outlined previously.

2. Use Disk Wipe with AOMEI Backupper

Restoring a factory device involves reverting it to its original state, and removing user data, settings, and applications. To achieve this, the device's disk or storage media must be wiped, permanently erasing all existing data. Disk erasure ensures a clean slate and prepares the device for factory settings.

You have the option to utilize the built-in Windows tool to restore your HP laptop to factory settings. However, if you prefer a more robust and secure method for erasing hard drives to achieve this goal, I highly recommend using a trusted hard drive eraser. One exceptional choice is AOMEI Backupper Professional, which I strongly recommend. This software is compatible with Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP systems and offers the following features:

❀ Wipe an entire disk, a selected partition, or unallocated space, rendering the data unrecoverable after the wiping process.
❀ Erase various storage devices, including clean hard disk drives, USB drives, and SD cards. It supports all major disk brands, such as Samsung, SanDisk, WD, and more.
❀ Perform backups, restore files, and disk clone effortlessly. The software's powerful functions cater to all your needs.

Allow me to provide you with instructions on how to wipe a disk using AOMEI Backupper Professional to restore your HP laptop to factory settings. Make sure to download and launch the software beforehand.

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Step 1. Navigate to the left tab and click on Tools. From there, select the Disk Wipe tool located under the Common Tools section.

Disk Wipe

Step 2. Upon selecting the Disk Wipe tool, you will be directed to a page where you can choose the Wiping Type. You will find two available options: Wipe partitions or unallocated space and Wipe disk. Opt for the latter option and proceed by clicking Next.

✍Notes :
● Wipe Partitions or unallocated space on the disk
: Selecting this option will delete the chosen partition or unallocated space on the disk and wipe all its sectors. Once wiped, the data cannot be restored.
● Wipe disk: Opting for this option will delete all partitions and sectors on the disk. After wiping, the data cannot be restored.

Choose Wipe Disk

Step 3. Choose the disk that you wish to erase. Click Next toproceed with the process.

Choose Disk

Note: If you are selecting a disk that includes the operating system (OS), a popup window will appear, informing you that wiping the boot drive will occur in reboot mode. Press OK to confirm and proceed.

Select System Disk

Wipe System Disk Warning

Step 4. Choose a Wiping Method that aligns with your desired safety level and speed. Once selected, click on Start to initiate the hard drive wiping process.

Wipe Method

Helpful tips: Opting for safer wiping methods will involve more passes and result in a lower wiping speed.

Step 5. Once the wiping process has commenced, you will be directed to the Wiping Process page. If you wish to stop the progress, you can click on Cancel located in the top right corner.

Wipe Process

Now you've completed all the steps to erase a disk. Restoring a factory device requires erasing the disk to remove all user data and configurations, ensuring a clean start with the original factory settings. The disk erasure is a necessary step to protect privacy, and security, and provide a fresh environment on the device.


You may sometimes wonder how to restore my HP laptop to factory settings. This article gives two specific solutions. That is to use the built-in tool of Windows - Reset this PC and to use the disk wipe function of the professional third-party software - AOMEI Backupper.

This software is very powerful, with backup and restore, synchronization, and other functions. It is recommended that you use this software to back up HP laptop before performing a disk wipe! Try it now!

Miya · Editor
Miya has an excellent insight and receives professional and systematic technical training since joining AOMEI. She has a comprehensive understanding of computer issues, aiming at helping users troubleshoot all kinds of problems. A lot of computer users around the world have found her articles very helpful!