How do i reset laptop back to manufacture settings. I was not goiven the cds for the laptop when i got it for chrsitmas. I ask the person who got it for me and they told me that cds did not even come with...
Depending on the manufacturer and model, there may be a recovery partition on your computer's hard drive. When you turn the computer on, watch for any message that pops up, like "Press F11 for recovery" or something similar. Look at the programs listed on the Windows Start menu as well. Often the manufacturer includes a program to start recovery from the partition.
If the computer doesn't have a recovery partition and didn't come with software on CD, you may be out of luck. Most systems like this include a utility that lets you make your own recovery disc set when you get the computer. But you need to make those discs before you start using the system and making major changes. Otherwise you won't have a good factory image to go back to.
Check the manufacturer's website for support information. Some companies offer recovery sets for sale. If Windows is running, you can also try using the System Restore function to roll your computer back to some earlier configuration.
If all else fails, you can do a full installation of Windows yourself if you can borrow a copy of whichever version came on the computer. You'll find the information on the Windows key sticker normally on the bottom of the computer. If you go with this method, you'll need to install hardware drivers (which can be downloaded from the manufacturer's support page for your model) and then activate Windows using the product key on the sticker.
You will also need to install your own versions of software that may have come preloaded (antivirus programs, disc burner software, etc.). This is often a good thing, though. Many computers come preloaded with a bunch of "bloatware" that just slows things down. Installing Windows yourself lets you put on only what you really need, and there is lots of good free, open-source software out there for almost any application.
Hope this helps you out a little. Good luck, and thanks for using Fixya!
Jun 14, 2010 |