How to Restore a Computer to Factory Settings Without a Disc

Although many computers feature a disc that owners can use to restore the computer to its factory settings, it is not absolutely necessary for a computer owner to have access to a restore disc. Computers that run on the Microsoft Windows operating system include a "System Recovery" function that allows users to restore the computer to factory settings without a disc.

...
Restore a computer to factory settings.

Step

Plug the computer into the power adapter if you are restoring a laptop.

Step

Close all open programs.

Step

Click "Start" and select "All Programs."

Step

Click "System Recovery" and select "PC Recovery."

Step

Select the "PC Recovery" option when the screen that lists recovery options appears. Click "Next."

Step

Wait while your computer restarts. Click "OK" when the "Welcome to PC Recovery" message appears.

Step

Select "System Recovery" in the "System Recovery Panel." The system will reformat itself and destroy all data.

Step

Restart the computer when prompted.