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How to Reset Computers to Factory Settings

Updated on June 8, 2015

There is nothing more frustrating than your trusty computer doing things it is not supposed to. For example, error messages pop up from nowhere, and Microsoft files that came with the computer just disappear.

Viruses are one common reason for such strange behavior. Power spikes can also cause problems in your operating system. Even regular Windows updates can cause issues you never had before. But there's a way you can fix these problems for free.

System Restore or System Recovery?

It is important to know the difference between "system restore" and "system recovery."

"System restore," that is, restoring your system to a previous date when the computer worked fine, may do the trick and get rid of your problems. To do a system restore, click "Start," click "Help and Support," and under "Pick a Task," click "Undo changes to your computer with System Restore." Follow the instructions in the wizard.

Using Windows System Restore

A more radical remedy may be required when your hard drive will not boot up, or when you can't get the computer to navigate through the windows you need for a restore-point reset. This radical resetting of the computer is called a system recovery (not a system restore). It will put your computer back to factory settings. You should lose your current problems, but you will also lose any files you had, including pictures, music, and documents.

This is how system recovery works. Each computer manufacturer has a special key you have to hit right when you power on the computer.

Special "System Recovery" Keys

HP and Compaq desktops
eMachine, Gateway PC
Toshiba laptop
Sony PC
IBM, Lenovo
If you are sure you want to return your computer to factory settings, this is the key you tap while starting up.

So—if you are sure you want to return your computer to the state in which it left the factory—power the computer off, and then power it back on while tapping the appropriate key (e.g. F10) until a screen pops up asking if you want to do a system recovery. Note: it may ask you if you want to do a "system restore," but be warned; if you are tapping this magic key, the dialogue box is most likely referring to what we are calling "system recovery"—a recovery to the factory state, minus all your data. Once this "system recovery" dialogue window opens, stop tapping the special key and just follow the instructions. Some older computers may ask you for the restore discs you got when you bought the computer, so have those ready. Most newer computers do not need restore discs.

The whole system restore could take two or three hours. When done, reboot your computer, and it should be like-new and speedy again.


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      shivamsingh 2 years ago


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      2008 emachine 2 years ago

      Need to reset to factory condition but do not have admin password is there anything I can do???

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      Need help 2 years ago

      Umm when I do my f10. It brings me to this place where I can like literally type and delete some text they already out there. I'm using Sony vaio. When I start my laptop it says that windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device and such. I can't go any farther than that. Please help.

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      marsha 3 years ago

      hi my desk top login in screen wont come on all i get is f1 or f10 its windows xp than a black screen comes up with a blinking -.i pressed f10 nothing happen kelpt it off for a day than it worked.truned it off now its doing the same thing help please

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      bernadette 3 years ago

      I have a 2008 emachines and I need to wipe it clean what do I need to hit to set it back to factory default

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      mememe 3 years ago

      I have a gateway windows 7 us is F11?

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      jaybright 3 years ago

      bought a used gateway all in one (ZX4800-02) don't have adman password want to restore back to factory ( don't have disk)

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      Jojo 3 years ago

      Hi i bought a used laptop_ a 1995 NEC Versa LX with Windows 2000 on it and didn't start it up when I bought it. Now at start up itrequires a password but I don't know the admin user name nor the password and the seller isn't helping me at all. Does anyone know how to do a factory reset? or maybe download something over windows 2000? Im very ditzzzzyyyyy so a easy how to would be great oh and FREE lol please HELP!!! PLEASE JELP

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      Bob 3 years ago

      My gateway laptop stayed at the loading screen I don't know up to get it restored because I need my laptop I tried many methods non of them work for a gateway windows 7 laptop

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      Edward Kucinski 3 years ago

      I've had a few computes in my lifetime and I have yet to find one that should have been given the approval to sell !!! I've used others, no difference. I bet you at least 69% of people whom own computers would agree. I've never had a positive thing said to me about computers. All you guys our there Gates and all the others need to buy each of us a new computer that works. I guess we'll never get a computer. Nobody makes one that works.

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      elvis 3 years ago

      i have a custom built how do i restore mines?

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      Johnb376 3 years ago

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      jose 4 years ago

      Hello, please i need some help on my PARTO TAB 1077CP made in India.

      I cannot open anymore since I forgot the pattern on the padlock. I was prompted to open with my google account but it still would not open. I just want this to be restored to factory seetings even if it would mean losing my files just so i can use this Tab.

      Thanks for the help.


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      Lisap68 4 years ago

      With Toshiba Pro while off press 0 (zero) continually while you power on, then follow on screen instructions to reset to factory settings, it will prompt you to press f12. Make sure you press "back to out-of-box condition", so you don't lose factory loaded programs like your windows, you can put previously downloaded programs such as word back in with your original product key. I just put all my docs & music files on USB before the recovery & then put them back in after. I didn't use a recovery disc. I seems to just keep reconfiguring over & over for hours but it eventually stops - just let it run it's course & only touch keys or mouse if prompted.

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      Mylindaminka 4 years ago

      У этой армии была своя тактика и стратегия. А именно: осаждать через почту диск-жокеев местных радиостанций, которые под напором “киссовских” дивизий, выкидывали белый флаг один за другим. По мере невидимого продвижения этой армии по Америке и взятия ею новых рубежей, внутри ее формировались штабы, командование и, естественно, продвижение по службе. Всякий вступавший в армию “Kiss” имел поначалу звание “trooper” (“боец”). Для того, чтобы получить следующее звание “super trooper”, нужно было либо завербовать в армию нескольких товарищей, либо отличиться сочинением стихов, кроссвордов или рисовании любимой группы. Пределом такого продвижения было звание “Kiss sergeant” (“сержант “Kiss”"). Но такие звания присуждались не часто. И тут, дамы и господа, я должен вам напомнить, что земной шар имеет замечательное устройство – на нем в любой день года одновременно существует зима и лето, осень и весна. Подобно климату и погоде никакого единообразия в разных точках планеты нет. В том числе, конечно, и по части музыкальных вкусов и тенденций. Пример: в 1976 году “Kiss” поехали на гастроли в Англию. Поездка эта была для них важной. В музыкальном плане они считали себя как-бы отпрыском британского рока. Англия была для них в каком-то смысле первоисточником, пусть даже воображаемым.

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      Futamarka 4 years ago

      Настоящий бум чулок наступил в ХХ веке. Чем короче становилось платье, тем сильнее хотела женщина подчеркнуть свои достоинства. И чулки, как оказалось, были здесь очень кстати: от их цвета и фактуры зависело визуальное восприятие ножек на вечеринках. Так, черные чулки делали ноги тоньше, белые – полнили, чулки со швом как бы делили ноги надвое и «убирали» кривизну.

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      nekssheaddy 4 years ago

      We employed to find on top of life yet recently I have built up the level of resistance.

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      Johan 5 years ago

      Guys... If you guys have windows 7 or windows vista and want to reboot without a cd check this video:

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      Jaterrius 5 years ago

      help needed for msi early college/epic

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      vanessa 5 years ago

      I have a compaq computer but no disk how do I reset it,?!

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      kevin 5 years ago

      i ave style note how do i get it back 2 factory settings without disc

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      willfredo 5 years ago

      i have hp pavilion windows 7 and i cant get thr network.

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      jacksenthomas 5 years ago

      hi i have a toshiba sa80-131 laptop which i need to reset to factory defaults. the cd rom wont read and i need to reinstall windows. pressing zero when booting wont work. f12 will take me to boot options. what can i do?

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      raven2099 5 years ago

      I have a Toshiba Satellite a665-s6094

      it got the blue screen of death saying that a hardware or software prob made it cut off to protect the laptop...

      i tried the recovery disk, tried reformatting it again..

      but it will not read from the CD/DVD or and booting in windows safe or recovery mode from the HD freezes and goes to the BOD...

      now suddenly it has a soft low town beep, and puts out a ton of heat....


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      Tracey 5 years ago

      Hi there I am trying to restore my compaq laptop but it seems to be stuck in start up repair . It's says it cannot repair computer automatically and when I try to restore it says no restore points have been created. Please help


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      Donna 5 years ago

      I'm having the hardest time trying to set up my new tablet to where its working for me..... I''m having the tutorial play over an over---its no sinking in y brain I guess--help??? Its a 10" Toshiba tablet and I'm can't get any of my email accounts to stay in it--once it goes to sleep it seems to erase all the data I just put in...AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG?? HELP..... :(

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      holly 5 years ago

      my daughter gave me a toshiba laptop n it has to much junk on it an i will never use all the icons n i want to clean it an reset it to how it was from the store when she baught it is there a way i can do it myself or do i have to take it someplace? i have windows seven on it

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      aaaahhhhh 5 years ago

      jessalee17 f1 on start up

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      danndy 5 years ago

      hi mo, i have a toshiba satellite pro c655 and all my icons turns into windows media player, i don't know it must be the cause of virus.

      help me restore back to factory settings, i try using the tips on pressing the keys given but it doesn't seems to help me. need assistance.

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      jessalee17 5 years ago

      I need help!!! I have a ThinkPad Window Vista basic.

      I forget my administrator password so i can only go on my computer using guess.. I'm a high school student and i need to get to my projects asap. how do i reset my computer or crash it?

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      Kai 5 years ago

      I have an old gateway computer and it wont let my start menu or anything load up only my background and mouse. L#aseeee help

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      Lori 5 years ago

      All it keeps saying is press f10 to enter set up..i press f10 and screen is

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      Lori 5 years ago

      I have a compac presario and having trouble restore can u help me

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      ronald dixon 5 years ago

      Hello there i have clientpro mpc how can i factorie reset it ? it has gone NUTS

      it gives me a rolling screen when i try to delete anything

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      Jon Paul Wheatcroft 5 years ago

      hi i have a fujitsu Siemens esprimo laptop how do i do the factory reset i haven't a clue what keys to press can any1 help

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      Jeffery 5 years ago

      I have a notebook acer windows7starter and I crashed how do I restore it

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      don 5 years ago


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      Marius 6 years ago

      Please, what is the key to restore to factory settings on Lenovo IdeaPad Z570. Can anyone help? Thank you!

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      Baffoe Anthony 6 years ago

      pls sir how do we send computer to it's factory setting

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      VJ 6 years ago

      Got a Samsung RV510, forgot my password, how do i reset?

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      Lee 6 years ago

      My Samsung rv510 has a black screen , nothing on there ive tried tapping f8 and turning off and back on and still nothing, ive also tried using a monitor but nothing

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      Eirik is happy! 6 years ago

      You saved me for 2000 dollars thanks!

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      Sandra 6 years ago

      key to restore factory settings to Samsung computer

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      Kelsey 6 years ago

      Hi I have the same problem as someone above but didn't see the solution. I turn on my HP and press F10 but it just starts directly into Windows HP. I have the disk but it is telling me I have a newer version (because of the updates I am assuming). Thanks

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      asrie 6 years ago

      my windows installatation disc lose. how to restore the laptop without disc?

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      Odi 6 years ago

      My Acer will just not boot up? what should i do?

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      help plz 6 years ago

      i tried that but all it says is safe mode options i have a windows xp desktop its kinda old not too old

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      boi 6 years ago

      hi what if i want to reset my computer to factory setting but i lost all my disc. plz help

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      ice 6 years ago

      F10 dnt do shit for a new hp laptop so who ever says it does they r full of shit

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      jj 6 years ago

      I just reset my toshiba satellite laptop by pressing down the 0 (zero) button and turning on the computer. Keep pressing down the 0 button until a screen pops up asking if you want to restore the computer.

      I'm still trying to figure out how to do my emachines desktop nothing I've tried works

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      jith 6 years ago

      check out dis ...for simple solutions

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      rem 6 years ago

      thank you

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      Sydny Greene 6 years ago

      APPLE iPad: I need the System Restore to factory settings formula.........can anybody help me?

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      pllayerlife 6 years ago

      for toshiba laptops click the rebot on botten then releas it while holding down the zero 0 butten and then just press next after that do no changes hope it helps

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      JS 6 years ago

      Thank you so much. I did it and know I got a new computer working great. It was funny because for some reason, it just started beeping at me. LOL. Thank you very much.

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      crispy 6 years ago

      question, i finally got a Gateway NV53 to restore, restart, and now it's sitting at the 'Setup is applying system settings'. the graphic is still moving under the text, but nothing from the activity light. it's been a bit over an hour. is this normal?

      and also, i had my drivers and applications disc in when it restarted after restore. should i have hit f12 to choose boot from disc?

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      Josh 6 years ago

      I have the same problem with Jojo:

      "When I press F10 it goes to a list of language. I click on English of course. After that the page I go to is nothing like that pages you told me. It doesn't go to a recovery or restore page. It doesn't tell me how to go restore my computer at all"" Instead it's called 'Compaq Computer Corporation Setup Utility' PLEASE PLEASE Help me; I don't have enough money to buy the Recovery CD let alone new computer. I also tried to create the the recovery CD by my self but there's no program to even do so in the computer. PLease Please, if it's impossible just tell me so I can just get my head out of it already.

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      Stardust 6 years ago

      Lenovo desktop f2 access the lenovo rescue. Not sure what to fgg o next

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      Jahhjuan 6 years ago


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      jdv 6 years ago

      Thanks ulka

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      Richo 6 years ago

      Each manufacturer has a slightly different way of doing like acer has F10 or you can use F8 Toshiba has 0 the rest HP is F11 if you want to know how to go about it from there then go to the site below cause i cant be bothered explaining it :-P

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      Graham 6 years ago

      i have a samsung rv510 320gig please help

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      nniicckk 6 years ago

      can some one email me the info but my emachine computer will not boot just says boot info is missing but befor i can across that i was on it but needed to reset it from a change to my computer settings and i just finishd distroying a few bugs and viruses but idk how to get it to boot up or restor to factory settings iv never messed with a emachine befor the programing it had yes i have tho.

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      Brittney 6 years ago

      I've tried everything for my sister's Lenovo to factory restore it. And nothing is will not run, it just goes to the set up menu, then starts all over again!! HELP!!!

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      aaron 6 years ago

      I have a fujitsu comptuter and I wan to take my comptuer back top the beginning, but f10 don't work for me , HELP ?

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      Kate 6 years ago

      HELP, 2 weeks ago had a new modem fitted, we have 3 laptops in the house, 2 of the laptops work fine just had to put in password, 3rd laptop (mine) says connected to Internet strengh excellent then page pops up saying can't connect to Internet can't find certificates! Doing my head in!

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      JT 6 years ago

      Absolutly useless! Did exactly like you said with my Lenovo A600 Desktop (F11) when powering up until my finger went numb several attempts. Nada, Ziltch, Nothing!

      Any other bright ideas??? Nothing beats a good old fashioned disk.

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      Nadia 6 years ago

      ooh thanks Mike! ive been trying to find out the key for a packard bell for ages! ive lost my password and cant get in.. thankyou :D

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      Mike 6 years ago

      Packard Bell is Alt+F10 during POST. Let's hope I can choose the language now. Supposed to have 2 languages available in the image. But hey, Packard Bell will always be Packard Hell. Fingers crossed.

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      JoJo 6 years ago

      When I press F10 it goes to a list of language. I click on English of course. After that the page I go to is nothing like that pages you told me. It doesn't go to a recovery or restore page. It doesn't tell me how to go restore my computer at all. I have a school computer and I want to get rid of my thawspace as well. I asked my school for the password but they say they lost it or don't have it. I want to do a factory restore so I can add windows xp home edition and use ALL of my computer instead of only just 5gb of it. I am out of school and about to go to college and I want to take my computer with me. I have a Compaq Evo D510. Can you please please help me.

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      jeanny_81 6 years ago

      Lenovo A3 Series function was F2. Worked!


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      Iriskenia Espinoza 6 years ago

      Hello I have an Hp windows vista, and the I'm trying to restore the computer to factory setting, I don't care about any of the data, its been so frustrating that losing the data is worth having the computer respond. Its a newish model, but I have no idea what to do.

      Can you please email me at,

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      Christine1978 6 years ago

      ok so I've been trying all the steps listed for a compaq laptop, is there another key I should be pressing for the factory reset besides either the f8 or f10 key or is there a certain time that I'm supposed to press it? I've tried pressing them right when I start it up. I've also tried the "reset" button under the laptop as well and still nothing it will continue to load windows. Please email me at thanks!

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      benji 6 years ago

      re: Satellite 655's the recovery is done by taping F8 on start up. You will see the boot menu...AT THE TOP OF THE BOOT MENU. Stairing right at you is...REPAIR MY COMPUTER.

      That's where the recovery partition is acessed. Hope this helps

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      Taylor 6 years ago

      Yo i got a Toshiba Satellite C655-S5049. I press F12

      and i get the Boot Menu. am i doin this right cuz i really don't know, plz Help!!!

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      sadnyman 6 years ago

      i am really sick about my problem for 2 weeks till now,i got a lot of errors on this and i don't know how to fix.

      i want just to system recovery everything even though deleting all my files just to have a new.

      this model is SAMSUNG RV510.

      please help me.

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      Sabee 6 years ago

      someone please help me!!

      I have an IBM thinkcentre, an old computer. I restored it to factory settings and now I it is all in Chinese and I don't know a single word of Chinese. Further, my mouse no keyboard do not work once the windows loads though it works well with the BIOS setup and system recovery options.Is it possible to restore to an earlier state where my PC was English???

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      paul 6 years ago

      hi guys

      how do you re-set a fujitsu siemens pc

      i have the recovery disc but once run it says files missing , i don't have any other disks

      on start up it says NTLDR is missing

      can this be fixed ??



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      Roman 6 years ago

      Brand new Toshiba Satellite L505D-GS60 Forgot password

      Locked myself out How can I perform System Recovery?

      How can I start all over again? Help please Thank you.

      PS No need to recover any data Just want to start using my PC with a password to access Windows7 Home Premium This time will keep password in a safe place

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      blilie 6 years ago

      Please help me!! I own a alienware laptop which has started to run slower i don't know the cause so i want to just reformat it or recover. I had alienrespawn which i think makes it work but: i did CTRL + F11 on boot and recovered it to an earlier state but not to factory defaults because the option wasn't there!! After the recovery it deleted alienrespawn which can not be downloaded and needs a disk that i didn't get with the computer so now i cant do it again.. does this mean i can never get my computer back again ?! please help me im so frustrated.. :'(

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      Phantam 6 years ago

      hello im trying to Reset both a COMPAQ and a Acer back to its Factory Settings and none of the buttons are helping please email me with a solution at MRLEVEILLE12@COMCAST.NET thanks

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      slitzz 6 years ago

      what is it for acer computers?? help please

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      Brett 7 years ago

      Thanks, it took one of the comments to help me with my Toshiba sat. but it saved me 2 weeks at future shop (had a warenty but they woulda just sent it away to have the hard drive replaced anyways)

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      TechLuvr251 7 years ago

      Thanks My dell Insprion 1525 (old) reset was Alt F8

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      Nell  7 years ago

      I have a abs how do I get it to factory setting?


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      Cdog 7 years ago

      What if I have system restore turned off and I can get it turn on but won't go pass the profile homepage?

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      Jane 7 years ago

      I forgot how to do the factory reset on my laptop which is Emachines E627. I thought it was press either FN and F11 or Alt and F11 repeatidly. Please help me if you can! Thanks in advance.

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      Amanda 7 years ago

      Hi I have an ACER Laptop - with Windows VISA - I need to do a system restore or recovery! I can bring up the restore command when I press (ALT + F10) BUT there is no restore point! I am given just EXIT in blue, the other restore and recovery are not an option to pick from; even though I can see them. Is there another way to do a system restore or System Recovery?

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      Grumpy 7 years ago

      a Dell is CTRL-F11

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      chickypoo9 7 years ago

      i have a HP c8300f pc with windows vista and i have no idea how to reset the thing. it freezes and shuts off, its like it has a mind of its own. if anyone can help me id be very thankful. thanks in advance.l

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      svict4 7 years ago

      I have also found a website with a list of key combinations...

      Acer (Aspire, Power, Veriton, Extensa, Ferrari, TravelMate, Altos): Press [F2] or [Del] Immediately After Power Up

      Acer (Altos 600 Server): Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] or [F1] During Boot (for Advanced Options)

      Acer (Older PC): Press [F1] or [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] to Access BIOS

      AMI (American Megatrends AMIBIOS, AMI BIOS): Press [Delete] During Boot


      AMI (American Megatrends AMIBIOS, AMI BIOS) – Old Version: Press [F1] or [F2] During Boot

      Award BIOS (AwardBIOS): Press [Del] After Powering Up Computer

      Award BIOS (AwardBIOS) – Old Version : Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] During Boot

      ALR: Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] or [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del] During Boot

      ARI: Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] or [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del] During Boot

      AST Advantage: Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] During Boot

      Compaq (Presario, Prolinea, Deskpro, Systempro, Portable): Press [F10] When Blinking Cursor Jumps To Top Right Corner of Screen

      Compaq (Presario, Prolinea, Deskpro, Systempro, Portable): Press [F10] When Logo Screen Is Displayed

      Compaq (Older Computers): Press [F1], [F2], [F10], or [Del] Key

      Cybermax: Press [Esc] Key

      Dell (XPS, Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude. OptiPlex, Precision, Vostro): Press F2 When Dell Logo Is Displayed Until “Entering Setup” Appears

      Dell (Older 486 Models): Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Enter] During Boot

      Dell (Some Models): Press Reset Button Twice (i.e. Power Reset Button)

      Dell Dimension L566cx System: Press [Del]

      Dell (Older Laptop Models) : Press [Fn]+[Esc] or [Fn]+[F1]

      DTK (Datatech Enterprises): Press [Esc] Key Right After Powering On the PC.

      EISA Computer: Press the Reset button on the Front of the Computer, then Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] immediately when the memory count begins or Press [Crtl]+[Alt]+[S].

      eMachines (eMonster, eTower, eOne, S-Series, T-Series): Press [Tab] or [Del] During Boot

      eMachine (Some Older Computers): Press [F2]

      Fujitsu (LifeBook, Esprimo, Amilo, Tablet, DeskPower): Press [F2] When Fujitsu Logo Is Appearing.

      Gateway Using Phoenix BIOS (DX, FX, One, GM, GT, GX, Profile, Astro): Press [F1]

      Gateway (Some Older PCs): Press [F2]

      Hewlett-Parkard (HP Pavilion, TouchSmart, Vectra, OmniBook, Tablet): Press [F1] Upon Startup or Bootup

      Hewlett-Parkard (HP Alternative): Press [F2] or [Esc]

      Hewlett-Parkard (HP) Tablet PC: Press [F10] or [F12]

      IBM ThinkPad using IBM BIOS (Early Models): Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Ins] When Cursor Is At Upper-Right Corner of Screen

      IBM ThinkPad using IBM BIOS (Later Models): Press and Hold [F1] When Powering Up Laptop

      IBM ThinkPad using Phoenix BIOS: Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[F11] from DOS Prompt

      IBM PS/1 (Late Models), PS/ValuePoint and 330s: Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[?]

      IBM PS/2 with Reference Partition: Press [Insert] During Boot

      IBM PS/2: Press [Ctrl]+[Ins] When Pointer Is At Top Right of Screen

      IBM PS/2: Need Reference Disk and ADF Disk for Setup

      IBM PS/2 75 and 90: Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[?]

      IBM (PC, XT, AT): Press [F1] Immediately On Powering On the Computer

      IBM (Older Computers or Notebooks): Press [F2]

      Lenovo (ThinkPad, IdeaPad, 3000 Series, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation): Press [F1] or [F2] on Boot Up

      Lenovo (Older Products): Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[F3], [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Ins] or [Fn]+[F1].

      Microid Research MR BIOS: Press [F1]

      Micron (MPC Computers ClientPro, TransPort): Press [F1], [F2] or [Del] On Startup

      NEC (PowerMate, Versa, W-Series): Press [F2] During Boot

      NEC Versa Notebook: Press and Hold Down [F1] Upon Startup or Bootup

      Olivetti PC Pro: Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Shift]+[Del](in Num Pad) During Boot

      Packard Bell (8900 Series, 9000 Series, Pulsar, Platinum, EasyNote, imedia, iextreme): Press [F1], [F2], or [Del].

      Packard Bell (Early 386 and 486 Dodels): Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[S] Sequence

      Phoenix BIOS (Phoenix-Award BIOS): Press [Del] During Power On Self-Test

      Phoenix BIOS (Phoenix-Award BIOS) – Old Version: Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[S], [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc], [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Ins] or [Ctrl]+[S] During Power On Boot Self-Test Right After Startup

      Sharp (Notebook Laptops, Actius UltraLite): Press [F2] On Computer Starts

      Sharp (Old PCs): Require Setup Diagnostics Disk to Access BIOS

      Shuttle (Glamor G-Series, D’vo, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, X Mini XPC, Surveillance): Press [F2] or [Del] on System Startup

      Sony (VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series): Press [F1], [F2] or [F3] After Turning On the Computer

      Sony Vaio 320 Series: Press [F2] During Boot

      Tandon 386: press [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[Esc]

      Tandon: press [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[Esc]

      Toshiba (Portégé, Satellite, Tecra): Press [Esc] During Boot

      Toshiba (Portégé, Satellite, Tecra with Phoenix BIOS): Press [F1] during Boot

      Zenith, Phoenix: Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Ins] During Boot

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      svict4 7 years ago

      @Michelle well ima bit late for christmas, but reformatting everything will do the trick - i won't go into the 'how to' here - its usually pretty risky for the inexperienced - go talk to ur local PC guy and tell him to reformat and restore

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      Michelle 7 years ago

      I have a compaq. i NEED to set it to factory settings. i don't have a cd for my computer, ive tried every button there is to try, and ive tried to set it to an earlier date and still nothing is working. What do i do?? It for an 8 year old boy for christmas we need to get it fixed in a hurry. please and thanks for the help.

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      Holi 7 years ago

      Does anybody know about msi? I'v restored the settings before but I can't remember how to do it. I tried f8 and repair computer option but it is not working.

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      pinkygirl 7 years ago

      i want to know how to recover my packard bell?? plzz i need helpp

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      pinkygirl 7 years ago

      i want to know how to recover my packard bell?? plzz i need helpp

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      Senji_Q 7 years ago

      That was really usefull ( used the "For Beth" bit and it worked out well.

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      vzzoom 7 years ago

      thanks you saved my lenovo!

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      lj 7 years ago

      worked thanks