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How to Restore Laptop to Factory Settings without Password with 3 Methods

You can always restore a laptop to factory settings to troubleshoot some computer problems and crashes, or to clear your personal info from PC, or to tune up the performance. In this post, we will share 3 ways to factory reset laptop without Administrator password.

Way 1: Windows 8/10 Directly Restore Laptop without Admin Password
Way 2: Use Recovery Partition to Reset Laptop without Password in Windows 7/8/10
Way 3: Windows Password Forgot or Lost: How to Reset Laptop to Factory Settings?

Way 1: Windows 8/10 Directly Restore Laptop without Admin Password

Windows 8 and Windows 10 users can directly format a laptop to factory settings without administrator password. Just do the following:

1. Click on the Start button > Settings > Update & Security and Reset this PC.

windows 10 reinstall system

2. If you are locked out of your laptop and cannot access system, click the Power button on login screen while keep pressing shift button. Then select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC.

enter windows 10 troubleshooting option screen

3. Choose Remove everything and reinstall Windows.

wipe out all data and go back to factory setting

Way 2: Use Recovery Partition to Reset Laptop without Password in Windows 7/8/10

Computers nowadays usually come with a recovery partition preinstalled, or are shipped with a recovery disc when out of the box, which is used to do a factory reset on your laptop in case system failure happens. However, this may be a little tricky for an old OS version like Windows XP, Windows Vista. Here is what you need to do:

1. Power on or restart you laptop and hit the corresponding key repeatedly on startup screen. Below we have listed common keys for well-known manufacturers.

Acer: Alt+F10
Asus: F9
Dell: F8
HP: F11
Lenovo: F11
Samsung: F4
Sony: F10
Toshiba: 0 (not in numpad)

2. After that, you will boot into the recovery partition or called Recovery Manager on some PC brands, in which screen you can find specific guidance on how to restore laptop to factory default. Here we take HP as an example. Choose System Recovery under I need help immediately.

self service windows system restore on hp laptop

3. Follow the instructions to restore your laptop to its original condition and when the reset is completed, restart the PC and decide the initial setup settings.

hp laptop factory reset finished

Way 3: Windows Password Forgot or Lost: How to Reset Laptop to Factory Settings?

There is another possibility that you accidently forgot login password for Windows 7/8/10, and you are not allowed to reset default settings on laptop unless you have the right admin password. In this case, I will suggest you to remove login password with some password recovery software like Windows Password Key. Below I will show you how to unlock a laptop without password.

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1. Install and launch Windows Password Key on another computer, and inset a CD/DVD/USB drive.

2. Click burn to put ISO files into your drive and create a bootable reset disk.

 burn bootable password reset disk on computer

3. When finished, eject the device and plug it to your laptop needs factory resetting. Boot your laptop from the disk to enter password recovery interface.

4. Choose the Windows Installation by the ID number demonstrated.

 select windows installation to recover

5. Type the according number of Windows users to reset password.

select windows users

6. Type “y” to confirm password reset for user and eject the external drive, then reboot your laptop. You can now successfully enter the desktop without any password.

confirmation for windows password recovery

7. After that, restore you laptop back to factory default settings with methods above.

This is the end for how to reset laptop to factory settings without password. With 3 ways provided, you will hopefully find at least one workable.

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