How to Reset My MacBook to the Factory Setting

By Oliver Hill

Resetting a MacBook is a completely different process than resetting a Windows laptop. You may need to reset your MacBook for a variety of reasons. You may want to update the operating system currently installed on your MacBook or to repair a hardware failure.

Things You'll Need

  • Operating system DVD

Step 1

Insert the operating system DVD into the disk drive on the side of the MacBook. Restart the MacBook. Hold down the "C" key as the MacBook reboots. This will cause the MacBook to boot from the DVD in the disk drive.

Step 2

Agree to the terms and conditions on the first page you see and select your preferred language. Select the location where you want to install the operating system. It is best to select your hard drive as this holds the most memory on a MacBook.

Step 3

Select the option "Erase and install" on the next screen to completely reset your MacBook. This will return your MacBook to the way it was when you first started it up. Click on the "OK" button. The installation will take a few minutes. The computer will prompt you when the process is complete.

Step 4

Restart the MacBook and it will load with the factory settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Resetting your MacBook to the factory setting will delete all information stored on the computer. Create backups of all important files and programs before resetting the MacBook.

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