How to Factory Reset Your Hp Laptop?

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If you own an HP laptop and you’re experiencing issues with its performance, a factory reset may be the solution you need to get it back up to speed. A factory reset will erase all the personal data and installed programs on your laptop, returning it to its original state. However, before you proceed with the reset, make sure to back up your important files and documents.

There are different methods to factory reset an HP laptop with Windows 10, and we’ll explore them in this article.

Method 1: Using the Settings Menu
This method is the easiest and most straightforward way to factory reset your HP laptop.

1. Click on the Start menu and choose the “Settings” option.
2. In the search bar, type “reset.”
3. From there, choose the “Reset this PC” option once the results have popped up.
4. Select “Get Started” under the “Reset this PC” option.
5. Choose “Remove everything” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Method 2: Using Recovery Manager
If your HP laptop doesn’t have Windows 10 installed, you can use the Recovery Manager to factory reset it.

1. Turn off your laptop and disconnect all external devices.
2. Turn it back on and repeatedly press the F11 key until the Recovery Manager opens.
3. Choose the “System Recovery” option and follow the on-screen instructions.

Method 3: Using HP recovery media
If the above methods don’t work, you can order HP recovery media for your specific model PC. This method is usually the last resort, as it involves additional costs and time.

1. Contact HP support and provide them with your laptop’s serial number.
2. Order the recovery media.
3. Once you receive the media, insert it into your laptop’s CD/DVD drive.
4. Restart your laptop and follow the on-screen instructions.

Factory resetting your HP laptop can help you resolve performance issues and get it back to its original state. However, make sure to back up your important files and choose the appropriate method for your laptop’s operating system.

How to Factory Reset Your Hp Laptop? 1

Wiping an HP Laptop and Starting Over

To wipe your HP laptop clean and start over, you can use the built-in feature called “Reset this PC” in Windows 10. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Back up your important files and data to an external hard drive or cloud storage service.

2. Click on the Start menu and select the “Settings” option.

3. In the search bar, type “reset” and select “Reset this PC” from the results.

4. Choose the “Get started” button under the “Reset this PC” option.

5. Select the option to either keep your files or remove everything. If you choose to remove everything, make sure you have backed up your important files.

6. Follow the on-screen prompts to reset your HP laptop to its factory settings.

7. Once the reset is complete, you will need to go through the initial setup process to configure your laptop as if it were new.

Note that this process will erase all of your files, programs, and settings, so it is important to back up everything beforehand. Additionally, make sure you have your Windows 10 product key available in case you need to enter it during the reset process.

Factory Resetting a Laptop

To fully factory reset your laptop, you can follow these steps:

1. Go to the Start menu and click on Settings.
2. In the Settings menu, select Update & Security.
3. Click on the Recovery option in the left pane.
4. Under the Reset this PC section, click on the Get Started button.
5. You will be presented with two options: Keep my files and Remove everything. Select Remove Everything if you want to wipe your laptop completely.
6. You will then be asked to choose between Just remove my files and Fully clean the drive. If you want to ensure that your personal data cannot be recovered, select Fully Clean the drive. But be aware that this option will take longer to complete.
7. Click on Reset and wait for the process to finish. This may take some time depending on the speed of your laptop and the option you selected in step 6.
8. Once the reset is complete, your laptop will be restored to its factory settings and all your personal files and settings will be erased.

Note that you should back up any important data before performing a factory reset, as this process will erase everything on your laptop. Additionally, make sure that your laptop is plugged into a power source and connected to the internet during the reset process.

Hard Resetting an HP Laptop

To perform a hard reset on an HP laptop, follow these steps:

1. Firstly, remove the battery from the laptop.
2. Once the battery is removed, unplug the power cord from the laptop.
3. Press and hold the Power button for approximately 15 seconds. This will help drain any residual power in the laptop’s capacitors.
4. After 15 seconds, re-insert the battery into the laptop.
5. Plug the power cord into the laptop.
6. Do not connect any peripheral devices to the laptop.
7. Power on the laptop by pressing the Power button.

Performing a hard reset on an HP laptop can help in resolving various issues such as frozen screens, unresponsive touchpads, and other software-related problems. It is a quick and simple process that can help in resetting the laptop to its default settings.

Factory Resetting an HP Laptop Without F11

To factory reset your HP laptop without using the F11 prompt, you will need to order W8 recovery media for your specific model PC from HP. This will allow you to reset your laptop to its original factory settings. Alternatively, if you want to perform a clean install of Windows 8.1, you can use the Windows 8 product key that is stored in your laptop’s BIOS. To do this, you will need to create a bootable USB drive or DVD with the Windows 8.1 installer on it and then boot your laptop from that drive or DVD. During the installation process, you will be prompted to enter your product key, which is stored in the BIOS. Once you have entered the key, you can proceed with the installation and your laptop will be reset to its original factory settings with a fresh installation of Windows 8.1.


HP laptops are a popular choice for many consumers due to their reliability and performance. With the latest version of Windows 10 installed, resetting an HP laptop can be easily accomplished through the settings menu or the recovery options. However, if the F11 prompt does not work, users may need to order recovery media from HP or perform a clean install of Windows using the product key stored in the BIOS. HP laptops are a great option for those in need of a dependable and efficient computing solution.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.