How to Do a System Restore on a Toshiba Laptop

By Jeff Grundy

If your Toshiba laptop is having issues related to viruses, malware or spyware, or just does not work the way it should, a system restore may be the solution to your problems. Performing a system restore on your laptop allows you to reset the computer back to factory default settings and reinstalls the original software that shipped with your machine. Performing a system restore on a Toshiba laptop is not difficult; however, be aware that the recovery process will erase all data on your computer. Therefore, you should always make a back up of important data files before restoring the laptop.

Things You'll Need

  • Toshiba recovery CDs (some models)

System Restore from Hard Drive Partition

Step 1

Shut down your computer and turn off the power.

Step 2

Press and hold the "0" (zero) or "F11" key (depends on model) while you press the power button and turn on the laptop. The Toshiba Recovery Wizard screen will appear.

Step 3

Navigate to the "Recovery of Factory Default Software" option and press the "Enter" key. Choose between the "Recover to out-of-box state" and "Recover without changing the hard drive partition" options and press the "Enter" key.

Step 4

Follow the on-screen directions until the computer has been restored. When prompted, press any key to reboot the computer.

Restoring with Recovery CDs

Step 1

Shut down and turn off the computer.

Step 2

Press the power button and insert the first recovery CD into the CD/DVD drive as soon as the computer powers on.

Step 3

Press the "F12" button when the boot screen or Toshiba logo screen appears. The boot menu will appear on your screen. Choose the CD/DVD option and press the "Enter" key.

Step 4

Choose the "Recovery of Factory Default Software" option when the recovery main screen appears and click on the "Next" button.

Step 5

Choose between the "Recover to out-of-box state" and "Recover without changing the hard drive partition" options and click the "Recover" button or press the "Enter" key.

Step 6

Press any key to restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always perform a system restore with the AC adapter installed. If the battery dies during the restoration process, the install process may fail and you will have to start the process again.