Want to factory reset your Windows 7 computer but don’t know how to do it? You’ve come to the right place. This article is going to show you how to reset your computer to its factory settings step by step.

Try these methods:

Here are 3 methods that are helpful for many Windows users. You don’t have to try them all. Just choose the method your need.

  1. Reset your computer from your recovery partition
  2. Reinstall your Windows 7 with an installation disc
  3. Reinstall your Windows 7 with a USB recovery drive

Method 1: Reset your computer from your recovery partition

Some computers may have a recovery partition that allows users to restore their system to factory settings. Here is how to reset your computer from your recovery partition:

Restoring Windows computer to factory settings will remove all files and programs on your computer. Please back up the data on your computer.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and E at the same time.

2) Right-click Computer, then select Manage.

3) Click Storage, then click Disk Management.

4) Check if you have a recovery partition on your computer.

If you have a recovery partition on your computer, follow the instructions below to reset your computer. If you don’t have a recovery partition, don’t fret. Try the method below.

5) Turn off your computer and disconnect all peripherals from your computer (except for the monitor, keyboard and mouse).

6) Turn on your computer and repeatedly press the Recovery Key on your keyboard before the Window logo appears.

The Recovery key may vary depending on different computers. Here is how to access the recovery partition for the most popular brands:

If you can’t find the function key for your computer, consult your computer manufacturer’s website.
BrandCommand
AcerF10 or Alt + F10 or Ctrl + F
AdventF10
AsusF9
DellCtrl+F11
HP / CompaqF11
IBM – LenovoF11
LGF11
MSIF3
SamsungF4
Sony VaioF8 or10
ToshibaF8 or 0

Then, follow the on-screen instructions to reset your computer.

Hope this method worked for you.

Method 2: Reinstall your Windows 7 with an installation disc

Another way to factory reset your computer is reinstalling your Windows 7 with an installation disc. An installation disc usually comes with your computer. If you don’t have one, you can download it from the Microsoft website, or you can check method 3 to see how to reinstall your computer without the disc.

Here is how to reinstall your Windows 7 with an installation disc:

Restoring Windows computer to factory settings will remove all files and programs on your computer. Please back up your data before you start.

1) Turn off your computer and disconnect all peripherals from your computer (except for the monitor, keyboard and mouse).

2) Turn on your computer.

3) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type recovery. Then, select Recovery.

4) Click Advanced recovery methods.

5) Select Reinstall Windows.

6) Click Back up now.

8) After you back up your files, click Restart and follow the on-screen instructions to reset your computer to the factory settings.

Hopefully, this method helped.

Method 3: Reinstall your Windows 7 with a USB recovery drive

If you don’t have an installation disc, creating a USB recovery drive can also help reinstall your Windows 7 so that you can reset your Windows 7. Follow the instructions below:

Restoring Windows computer to factory settings will remove all files and programs on your computer. Please back up your data before you start.

1) Create a bootable USB. (Click here to see how to do it.)

2) Turn off your computer and disconnect all peripherals (except for the monitor, keyboard and mouse).

3) Plug your USB flash drive into a USB port on your computer.

4) Turn on your computer. Then, before the Windows logo appears, repeatedly press the function key on your keyboard to enter Boot Menu.

The function key to enter Boot Menu may vary depending on different computers. Here is how to access the Boot Menu for the most popular brands:

If you can’t find the function key for your computer, consult your computer manufacturer’s website.
BrandCommand
AcerEsc or F9 or F12
AsusEsc or F8
DellF12
HPEsc or F9
LenovoF12
SamsungEsc
Sony VaioF11
ToshibaF12

4) Select Boot tab using the arrow keys on your keyboard, then select Boot Device Priority and press the Enter key.

This process may vary depending on different types of computers.

5) Select 1st Boot Device and set the Boot Device to your USB.

6) Press the F10 key on your keyboard and follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall your Windows 7 computer.

Hopefully, you find the methods above helpful. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any suggestions and questions.

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