Want to factory reset your Windows 7 computer, but don’t know how? Don’t worry. After reading this article, you’ll know exactly what to do it.

Try these methods:

There are 2 methods to reset your Windows 7 device. You don’t have to try them all. Just choose the method you need.

  1. Reset your computer from your recovery partition
  2. Reinstall your Windows 7 with/without CD
Restoring Windows computers to factory settings will remove all files and programs on your computer, so before you proceed, please back up your data.

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Just let Reimage scan your PC and repair corrupted or broken system files. This is like a clean Windows reinstallation with one click, and you won’t lose any programs, settings, or data.

Method 1: Reset your computer from your recovery partition

Some computers may have a recovery partition that allows users to restore their system to default factory settings. Follow the instructions below to see how to do it:

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

2) Right-click Computer, then select Manage.

3) Click Storage, then Disk Management.

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

If you find the recovery partition, proceed with the instructions below. If you don’t have a recovery partition, skip to Method 2.

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

6) Press the power button to turn on your computer, then, before the Windows logo appears, repeatedly press the Recovery Key on your keyboard.

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

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
If you can’t find the function key for your computer, consult your computer manufacturer’s website.

7) Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your computer.


Method 2: Reinstall Windows 7 on your PC

Another way to factory reset your computer is by reinstalling your Windows 7. To do this, the easiest way is using the installation disc which comes with your computer. If you have the disc, see how to reinstall Windows 7 using the installation disc. If you don’t have the disc, here’s how to reinstall Windows 7 with a USB/DVD recovery drive.

Option 1 – Reinstall Windows 7 using the installation disc

1) Turn off your computer and disconnect all peripherals from your computer (except for your 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 Yes.

7) 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.


Option 2 – Reinstall Windows 7 with a USB/DVD recovery drive

If you don’t have an installation disc, you should create a USB/DVD recovery drive to reinstall your Windows. Follow the instructions below:

Before you start, make sure you have:
1. Your Windows product key. (If you forget your product key, check this article to see how to find your Windows 7 product key.)
2. An internet connection.
3. A blank USB or DVD with at least 4 GB of space if you want to create media.
Step 1: Download the Windows 7 ISO files

1) Go to the Windows 7 Disc Image download page.

2) Enter your product key, then click Verify to download the Windows 7 ISO files.

Step 2: Create your installation USB Drive

1) Go to the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool download page, and click Download.

2) Select Windows7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool-Installer-en-US.exe, then click Next.

3) Open the downloaded file to install Windows7 USB/DVD Download Tool.

4) Run the Windows7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Then, click Browse to locate the Windows 7 ISO file that you have downloaded and click Next to continue. 

5) Click USB device if you’re using a USB drive.

6) Select the USB flash drive you want to use, then click Begin copying

7) Exit the download tool when the process finishes. 

Step 3: Install Windows 7 via USB/DVD

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

2) Plug your USB flash drive into a USB port on your computer. Or insert the CD into the drive.

3) 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 the 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 the 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.

Bonus Tips: Repair System Files with Reimage

If some Windows functions aren’t working or your computer crashes, it could be that one or more of your system files are broken or corrupted. In this case, you’ll need Reimage to scan Windows and restore your files.  

Reimage specializes in Windows repair. It scans your system file and replaces corrupted or missing files automatically. This is like a clean Windows reinstallation with one click, and you won’t lose any programs, settings, or data.

1) Download and install Reimage.

2) Open Reimage and run a free scan on your PC.

3) Wait for Reimage to scan your PC. This may take a few minutes and you’ll get a detailed report of your PC status after this.

4) You can review a summary of the issues detected after the scan is finished. Click START REPAIR to start the repair process. This requires the full version – which comes with a 60-day Money-Back Guarantee.

Hopefully, this article helped. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any suggestions and questions.

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