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Restore to factory settings

I recently bought a emachines computer from a friend i want to restore it to the factory settings for my personal use usually it is easy to find in the control panel yet all it will let me do is restore it to a past date

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Unfortunately what you are after is not in Control Panel 

thats an option in the BIOS
to access it:
while your computer is turning on, because its a HP, keep pressing Tab until a menu comes up, or if your quick youll see a message coming up during boot, (first screen that comes up) should say press Tab to enter the menu, or something like that when you are there, look for an option that says, "reset to factory defaults" or something similair, you dont need to go into any menus on this it should be there when the BIOS comes up, navigate to the option, press enter, press y then press f10 then y then enter, your computer will restart and you are done

Posted on May 19, 2009

  • Christopher Frost
    Christopher Frost May 19, 2009

    *edit* find out how to access the BIOS on your system, should be something along the lines of what i said


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