How to Restore Factory Settings on a Computer System

By Tyson Cliffton

Restoring your computer to its original factory settings is a good way to fix problems you are having with an unstable computer or to get rid of viruses. It's also a good idea to restore your computer to its original factory settings if you are planning to give your computer to a friend or family member or if you want to sell it. Restoring any computer to its factory settings will delete all of your personal files and programs and will return the computer to its state the day you took it out of the box.

eMachine Computer

Step 1

Click the "Start" icon in the lower left corner of your home screen.

Step 2

Click "All Programs" and then "eMachines."

Step 3

Click "eMachines Recovery Management."

Step 4

Click "Restore" on the left side of the eMachines Recovery Management program window, and then click "Completely Restore System to Factory Defaults."

Step 5

Click "Next" to confirm your selection and reboot your computer to initiate the restoration process. The computer will restart again to complete the restoration, and then you can begin setting up Windows.

Panasonic Toughbook

Step 1

Restart your Panasonic Toughbook, and then press the "F2" or "Del" key when the Panasonic logo appears on the screen.

Step 2

Press "F9" when the Setup Utility appears, and then highlight "Yes" and press "Enter." Press "F10," and then highlight "Yes" and press "Enter." The computer will restart.

Step 3

Press "F2" when the Panasonic logo appears. The Setup Utility will open. Insert the product recovery DVD that came with your laptop.

Step 4

Select "Exit," and then highlight "Boot Override." Choose "UJDA760 DVD/CDRW" and click "Enter." The laptop will restart.

Step 5

Highlight "Reinstall Windows," and then click "Next." Choose "Yes, I agree to the provisions above and wish to continue!" when the license agreement appears. Click "Next."

Step 6

Select "Reinstall Windows to the whole Hard Disk to factory default," and then click "Next." Click "Yes" to begin the restoration process. When the restoration procedure is done, remove the product recovery DVD and click "OK" to shut down the laptop. Turn on your laptop to begin setting up Windows.

Samsung Computer

Step 1

Click "Start" and then "All Programs."

Step 2

Click "Samsung," and then click "Samsung Recovery Solution." Click "Samsung Recovery Solution" again to launch the Samsung Recovery Solution program.

Step 3

Click "Restore," and then select "Complete Restore."

Step 4

Click the empty circle to the left of "Complete Initial Status," and then click "Next." The computer will automatically restart.

Step 5

Click "Agree" when the licensing agreement appears on the screen.

Step 6

Click "OK" after the computer restarts to begin the restoration process. When the process is complete, a dialog box will appear on the screen telling you the process is complete and that you can click "OK" to restart the computer. Click "OK." When the computer restarts you can begin setting up Windows.

Tips & Warnings

  • Back up your personal files, and make sure you have the installation discs to install any programs you want to reinstall after restoring your computer.