Factory Reset Dell Laptop for Windows 10 without Password – 2 Ways Included

How to factory reset Dell laptop of Windows 10 without password? This guide provides you with two ways to perform a factory reset on your Windows 10 Dell laptop.


By Yuka Updated on November 16, 2022

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User Case: Factory Reset Dell Laptop without Password of Windows 10

"Hi everyone, I want to restore my laptop to factory settings, but I don't know what the admin password is. Is there any way to restore factory settings without the admin password? The laptop is a Dell Inspiron and runs Windows 10. Thanks in advance."

Factory Reset Dell Laptop for Winodws 10 without Password

Resetting a laptop to factory settings is something that may seem to be a headache as it may contain technical requirements or in some cases, specialized skills. However, the truth is that you can easily know how to factory reset Dell laptop for Windows 10 without administrator password if you follow the methods in this tutorial. The following method is adapted to all Dell laptops such as Dell Inspiron, Latitude, XPS, Alienware and Chromebooks.

2 Effective Ways to Factory Reset Dell Laptop for Windows 10 without Password

In fact, the administrator password is only required for a factory reset on Windows 7/Vista based laptops. For Windows 8/8.1/10, you can do this even without any password. Now, here I am showing two ways to factory reset Dell laptop for Windows 10 without administrator password.

#1. Factory Reset Dell Laptop for Windows 10 from the Locked Screen

If you do not have an administrator password and cannot log in to Windows, you can refer to the following method to reset your Dell laptop to factory settings.

  1. Turn on your Dell laptop and on the login screen, click the Power button. Then hold down the Shift key and click Restart.


  1. When your Dell laptop boots to the advanced options, select the Troubleshoot option.


  1. Then select Reset this PC to factory reset your Dell laptop.

Reset this PC

  1. In the next window, click Remove everything to factory reset Windows 10 laptop without password.

Keep My Files or Remove Everything

#2. Factory Reset Dell for Windows 10 without Password via Bootable Media

When you forget your Dell laptop password, you can just use the above method to reset your computer. However, some users reported that they also encountered some problems during the reset process, such as reset stuck at 1%, 34%, 64%, 99%, reset failed, there was a problem resetting your PC, etc. At this time you can choose a free third-party software to create system backup and bootable media on another computer to help you reset your Windows 10 Dell laptop.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free and safe third-party software that can help you protect and recover your computer when it fails to boot properly. You can check out the features of this software before creating bootable media.

💜 It supports many Windows systems such as Windows 11/10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista etc.
💛 It allows you to use CDs, DVDs and USBs as recovery disks. If you don't have a DVD/CD or USB drive, you can create an ISO image file so that you can burn it to any removable device.
💚 The created bootable media can be used on other computers. It can boot computers with Windows systems, whether they are 32-bit or 64-bit.
🧡 It supports different computer brands such as Samsung, Asus, Lenovo, etc.

Next, I will show you how to use this powerful software to create a bootable media. In order to factory reset Dell laptop for Windows 10 without password, you also need to create a system backup from another computer in advance.

  1. Click the download button below to install AOMEI Backupper Standard on your computer.
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  1. Launch this freeware, click Tools -> Create Bootable Media in order.

Create Bootable Media

  1. Then select a bootable disc type. Here we select Windows PE – Create bootable disc based on Windows PE and click Next to continue.

Windows Bootable Disc

Tip 📌: Linux-based bootable media allows you to use only the basic features of AOMEI Backupper, while Windows PE allows you to access the full functionality.

  1. Then select the USB Boot Device to create a Windows 10 bootable media, and click Next to run the process.

Select USB Device

  1. After creating the bootable media, you can create a system backup to this USB.
  2. Once the whole operation is complete, insert this bootable media into your Dell laptop that you forgot the password. It will automatically enter the AOMEI recovery environment after booting, and then you can perform a system restore here to restore your Dell laptop to factory settings.


This article provides you with two possible ways to factory reset Dell laptop for Windows 10 without password. It is best if you can directly restore the factory settings using the first method. If not, don't worry, you can easily create bootable media that can be used on any computer for system restore with the help of AOMEI Backupper.

AOMEI Backupper Standard also embeds with other useful functions. When you want to upgrade your Windows 10 laptop to Windows 11, you can use it to backup your important data to avoid data loss. Moreover, you can use it to transfer data from one drive to another.

Yuka · Editor
Yuka, our dedicated editor at AOMEI Technology, is committed to bringing you valuable insights and guidance in data protection. Her mission is to empower everyone with her knowledge in computer backup and recovery, disk cloning, file synchronization, and more. Yuka's goal is to do her best to make complex tech tasks simple and ensure that your digital world remains safe and secure.