How to Factory Reset Your HP Laptop

MakeUseOf | 8/23/2019 | Ben Stegner
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At certain times, you may find it necessary to restore your Windows computer to factory settings. Maybe you ran into malware and need a fresh start, or perhaps you plan to sell your computer and wipe it clean.

Whatever the reason, we’ll show you what to do. Here’s how to factory reset your HP laptop.

First: Don’t Forget to Back Up!

Before you perform a factory reset, you should make sure you have a backup of your files. In most cases, performing a factory reset will remove all data from your machine.

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See our guide to backing up Windows 10 for how to do this.

We've summarized every backup, restore, recovery, and repair option we could find on Windows 10. Use our simple tips and never despair over lost data again!

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Until 2018, HP computers came with a tool called HP Recovery Manager. You can use this to restore your laptop to its default settings, but it comes with a few stipulations. To see if you have it installed, open the Start menu and search for Recovery Manager.

If you don’t see it, your computer may be too new and thus doesn’t include the software. You also can’t use this option if you’ve deleted the HP Recovery partition on your system’s hard drive. Finally, HP’s recovery tools only work for the version of Windows that your computer shipped with. Thus, if you bought your laptop with Windows 8.1 and later upgraded to Windows 10, you can’t use the utility.

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Should you fulfill all these conditions, you can use HP Recovery Manager to restore your PC to its default state. The app will walk you through the process, including backing up your files first. Once it completes, you can set up Windows again.

See HP’s page on Recovery Manager and the below HP Support video for help with this process....
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