Want to factory reset your Toshiba laptop and didn’t know how? You’ve come to the right place as this post will show you how to factory reset a Toshiba laptop.

Try these methods:

  1. Factory reset a Toshiba laptop in Windows 10
  2. Factory reset a Toshiba laptop in Windows 8.1
  3. Factory reset a Toshiba laptop in Windows 7
  4. Factory reset a Toshiba laptop when you can’t boot Windows normally
  5. Bonus Tip
Note: it’s recommended to back up your personal data before resetting your laptop.

1. Factory reset a Toshiba laptop in Windows 10

Windows 10 has introduced the reset feature which allows you to reset your laptop to the factory settings. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I at the same time to invoke the Settings app.
  2. Click Update & Security.
  3. Click Recovery on the left, then click Get started under Reset this PC.
  4. You’ll be presented with two options:
    • Keep my files: Remove apps and settings, but keep your personal files.
      1. If you choose this option, you’ll see the Getting things ready screen.
      2. Click Next to continue.
      3. Then click Reset when you’re ready to reset.
    • Remove everything: Remove all your personal files, apps and settings.
      1. If you choose this option, you’ll see the Getting things ready screen.
      2. Choose to remove only the drive where Windows is installed or All drives.
      3. Choose the method that you prefer.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the reset.
After resetting your laptop, it’s recommended to update your device drivers to the latest version to bring you the best possible experience.

2. Factory reset a Toshiba laptop in Windows 8.1

If you’re using Windows 8.1, you can follow the steps below to reset your Toshiba laptop:

  1. Open the Settings app in your laptop.
  2. Click Update and recovery on the left.

  3. Click Recovery on the left.

  4. You’ll see two options to factory reset your laptop:

    1. Refresh your PC without affecting your files: Refresh your computer without losing your photos, music, videos and other personal files.
      1. If you choose this option, click Get started.

      2. Wait for a while to it to be ready.
    2. Remove everything and reinstall Windows: Reset your computer to factory settings.
      1. If you choose this option, click Get started.

      2. Wait for your laptop to get ready.

  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the reset.
After resetting your laptop, it’s recommended to update your device drivers to the latest version to bring you the best possible experience.

3. Factory reset a Toshiba laptop in Windows 7

If you’re using Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, follow the steps below:

  1. Turn off your Toshiba laptop.
  2. Remove any external devices such as mouse, keyboard, and USB drive. Then check and make sure your AC adapter is plugged.
  3. Press the power button to start your laptop.
  4. Press and hold the 0 (zero) key on your keyboard when powering your laptop, until you see the recovery warning screen.
  5. Choose the operating system if prompted.
  6. Click Yes to confirm.
  7. Choose the preferred option for your recovery process, such as Recovery of Factory Software.
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process.

The whole process can take up to 2 hours to complete.

After resetting your laptop, it’s recommended to update your device drivers to the latest version to bring you the best possible experience.

4. Factory reset a Toshiba laptop when you can’t boot Windows normally

If your Toshiba laptop can’t start normally, and you can’t log into Windows, don’t worry. You can still perform a factory reset. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Boot your laptop to the Advanced Boot Menu screen

When your Toshiba laptop can’t boot normally, you can factory reset your laptop by entering the Advanced Boot Menu screen.

If you’re using Windows 10:

  1. Ensure your laptop is off.
  2. Press the power button to turn on your PC, then hold the power button down until PC shuts down automatically (about 5 seconds) . Repeat this more than 2 times until you see the Preparing Automatic Repair (see below screenshot).
  3. When the Startup Repair screen appears, click Advanced Options.

If you’re using Windows 8:

  1. Ensure your laptop is off.
  2. Press the power button to start your laptop, then press the F12 key on your keyboard until you see the Boot Menu screen.
  3. Press the arrow key to choose HDD Recovery, then press Enter.
  4. Click Yes to continue.
  5. Then you’ll see the Advanced startup screen.

If you’re using Windows 7, check Factory reset a Toshiba laptop in Windows 7.

Step 2: Start the factory reset process

Once you see the Advanced startup option:

  1. Click Troubleshoot.
  2. Click Reset this PC.
  3. Click Keep my files or Remove everything depending on your needs.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the resetting process.

Bonus Tip – Update drivers to the latest version

The missing or outdated device drivers (such as your motherboard driver) can cause your laptop randomly turning off itself. So you should make sure that your device drivers are up to date.

There are two ways to update drivers: manually and automatically.

Manually update drivers: you can update your device drivers manually by going to the manufacturer’s website, and searching for the most recent correct driver for each. Ensure to choose the drivers that are compatible with your Windows version.

Automatically update drivers: if you don’t have time or patience, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version, it takes just 2 clicks (and you will get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee).

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to the flagged device to automatically download the correct version of the driver (you can do this with the FREE version), then install the driver in your computer.

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

4) After updating, restart your computer to take effect.

So that’s it. Hope this post serves its purpose to help reset your Toshiba laptop to the factory settings.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment below.

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