How to Run a Factory Restore on Windows XP

By Art Corvelay

There are several reasons why you might want to run a factory restore on Windows XP. If you are selling your computer or need to rid your operating system from a virus, you can restore your operating system to the factory settings. This article will walk you through the steps you will need to take to restore your operating system back to factory settings. Further, this article will walk you through a method that does not use the system restore disks.

Step 1

Shut down your computer. You must first shut your computer down to initiate the factory restore.

Step 2

Start up your computer and as the computer logo appears (such as Dell or HP) hit "Ctrl>F11" simultaneously. This may be different for different machines, but the most common keys to hit are "Ctrl>F11." If this does not work, the F8 key has been said to work for certain machines.

Step 3

Select "Repair My Computer" from the list of menu options that appear and press "Enter."

Step 4

Choose the language settings that you would like and then click enter.

Step 5

Enter the administrator log in and password if it asks you for this information.

Step 6

Choose the factory reset option. This should reset your computer to the factory settings when you bought your machine.

Tips & Warnings

  • The process may differ a little depending on the type of computer you are running. However, the basic steps should take you through the factory restore process.
  • Restoring to factory settings will delete applications and files that were installed after you purchased your machine.