If your HP laptop has persistent system problems, factory resetting may be a quick and effective solution. Returning the laptop to its factory settings is also helpful in safely erasing personal data if you’ve purchased a new computer and wish to recycle your old HP laptop. Here we have a step by step guide on how to factory reset hp laptop
This guide will walk you through the steps to factory reset your HP laptop:
Before you reset your HP laptop
It is recommended in your best interest that you back up your system first, regardless of the operating system you’re using. Even if you don’t want to resell your smartphone or don’t anticipate the need for a backup, it’s a good idea to have one in case you need to reload files or transfer them to a new device.
You may even set up frequent backups, so you don’t have to worry about losing vital data if your operating system fails to launch. You should also make sure that these backups are routed to somewhere other than your hard drive, such as cloud storage if something goes wrong and your hard drive crashes.
How do you factory reset a Windows 10 HP laptop?
Method One: Reset Hp laptop from Settings
The reset option can be accessed in two ways:
- Select the “Settings” option from the Start menu. This looks like a cog wheel, and it’s where you’ll find all of your laptop’s primary settings.
- Type “reset” into the search bar.
- Once the results have appeared, select the “Reset this PC” option.
- Select Start from the Start menu.
- Select “Settings.”
- Next, select “Update and Security.”
- Then, from the left panel of the window, pick “Recovery.”
- You will then have three options: “Reset this PC,” “Reset this PC,” and “Reset this PC.”
“Advanced” “Go Back to an Earlier Build”
Note: For most people, “Reset this PC” should be sufficient to resolve your computer’s troubles and get you back to square one. You’ll be rebooting your device from a backup that’s stored on a disc or USB drive if you choose an “Advanced” startup. Only individuals who have a compelling cause to use “Go to an Earlier Build” should do so.
Then, for a simple reset, you’ll:
- Under “Reset this PC,” click the “Get started” option.
- After that, you must decide whether you want to keep your personal files on your computer or start again.
- Depending on your needs, select either “Keep my files” or “Remove everything.”
Regardless of which option you select, all of your programmes will be erased, and all settings will be reset to default.
- If you choose “Remove everything,” you’ll have to decide if you want a fully clean drive or if you want to keep the laptop and not give it away.
- Select “Remove files and clean the drive” for a device you aren’t planning to keep. It will be considerably more difficult for a new user to access your old files due to this.
- If you don’t want to do that, select “Just remove my files.”
You may see a warning from Windows asking if you wish to restore your operating system to a prior version. After clicking “Next,” your computer will be ready to reset, which you can begin by selecting the “Reset” option.
This process may take several minutes for your laptop to complete. When it’s finished, your screen should provide a continuation choice, and you can use your smartphone as if it were brand new.
Method 2: Use the Windows Recovery Environment to factory reset your HP laptop
If you can’t log into your HP laptop regularly, you can use Windows Recovery Environment to factory reset it. Take the following steps:
- Make sure your HP laptop is turned off, that any external devices (USB drives, printers, etc.) are unplugged, and that any recently installed internal hardware is uninstalled.
- After turning on your HP laptop, continually hit the F11 key until the Choose an option screen shows.
- Select Troubleshoot from the drop-down menu.
- Select Reset this PC from the drop-down menu.
- Choose between keeping my data and deleting everything.
- Click Keep my files, then reset if you want to keep your data.
- After that, your computer will restart and reinstall the operating system. You’ve completed the factory reset on your HP notebook. Congrats! After that, have a look at the Bonus tip we’ve prepared for you.
- If you want to delete all of your files, select Remove Everything and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Click only on the drive where Windows is installed if you only want to remove everything from the drive. Click All drives if you wish to erase all files from the PC.
- Simply remove my files if you simply want to erase your stuff. Or click “Fully clean the drive” if you wish to thoroughly clean the drive.
- Select Reset from the drop-down menu. You’ve now completed the factory reset of your HP notebook. Congrats!
How to avoid a factory reset by keeping your Windows drivers up to date
Keep your computer’s drivers up to date to avoid having to reset your HP laptop for troubleshooting or to resolve a significant problem. The good news is that Windows will update many of your laptop’s drivers as needed by default. However, there may be situations when drivers must be manually updated.
You can accomplish this by performing the following actions:
- On your keyboard, press Windows Key + X. Device Manager should be launched as a result of this.
- You must now go over all of the drivers in each category. To ensure that you don’t miss any drivers, explore the contents of each category.
- Right-click the driver and choose Properties from the drop-down menu.
- To update the driver, go to the Driver tab and select Update Driver.
- Select the option to ‘Search automatically for updated driver software.’
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Clare D. McCoy
Computer Engineer by training, writer and hardware analyst at Geeknetic since 2011. I love to gut everything that passes through my hands, especially the latest hardware that we receive here to review. In my free time I mess around with 3d printers, drones and other junk. For anything here I am.