How to Set Toshiba Satellite A100/A105 Series Back to Factory Settings

By Anne Hirsh

Setting your Toshiba laptop computer back to its factory settings can help you restore your computer to a point before trouble with your software occurred. Restoring the complete operating system back to factory settings will also help you prepare your computer for sale or recycling by writing over your personal data. Before you restore your computer system, back up all of your files to CDs or some other external device. Your A100/105 series may or may not have an internal restore point set for the factory or out-of-box state, but if it does, the system restore will be relatively simple. If not, you should have a built-in recovery partition on your hard drive.

Set From System Restore Point

Step 1

Click "Start," then select "Help and Support."

Step 2

Click "Undo changes to your computer with system restore." The system restore utility allows you to create restore points manually, but in many systems it is also set to create automatic restore points. This will allow you to see if a restore point was created when the computer was first set up.

Step 3

Click "Restore my computer to an earlier time." Choose "Next" to continue.

Step 4

Browse through the calendar that appears until you find the earliest date that is in bold font. This will be the earliest restore point for your computer. Click the date to see the description of the restore point. It may say "Factory settings" a similar title.

Step 5

Click the restore point you found on the available list, identified by date or description. Click "Next."

Step 6

Follow any onscreen prompts to complete the restoration, including restarting the computer when the process is finished. Do not attempt to perform any other tasks on the computer while the system restore is running.

Set From Hard Drive Partition

Step 1

Restart or start your computer while holding down the number zero key.

Step 2

Choose "Recovery of factory default software" from the list on your screen, and then press "Next." If you do not see this or a similar option, your model of Satellite does not have a factory settings system restore point in a partition on your hard drive and you will need to restore from a CD.

Step 3

Click the option to "Recover to out of box state" or "Restore original factory image" and press "Next." Follow the onscreen prompts, and then allow your computer to complete the recovery process before you attempt any other processes.

Step 4

Choose any key from your keyboard and press it to restart your computer when prompted.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure your computer is fully charged or plugged in before you attempt a system restore process.