By: Masterchiefxx17, Microsoft MVP\n\nRestore your computer to Factory Default Settings\n \nThis tutorial will guide you on how to do a system restore on your Windows computer. Make sure you read and follow only the tutorial that matches your computer. If an error occurs during the restore process, stop the process and post in the appropriate Sysnative forum for guidance. \n \n** Read Here First! **\n \nWARNING: THIS TUTORIAL WILL RESET YOUR COMPUTER TO FACTORY SETTINGS! WINDOWS WILL BE WIPED AND RESET TO THE DAY YOU BOUGHT IT. BACK UP ALL IMPORTANT FILES BEFORE CONTINUING. ALL FILES, PROGRAMS, EMAILS, PHOTOS, ETC. WILL BE DELETED!\n \nBefore starting the restore process, make sure you backup your saved files; program data, emails, music, photos, and anything else that is important. Store it to a CD\/DVD or a USB device.\n \nPlease be patient throughout the process. This will take some time to complete; at times the restore process may seem like it’s paused or stopped. Do not restart or shutdown during the process! A normal restore can be around 1.5 - 2 hours. The time depends on the size of the Hard Drive.\n\nPlease note, the exact method needed to enter the restore options for your PC may vary depending on the age and model of your computer.\n \nBe sure to read all of the warnings displayed on the screen.\n \nOnce finished make sure you do the following:\n \n\n\n\nUpdate Drivers.\nUpdate Windows using Windows Update.\nDownload and install your Security Software\/Program.\nCopy over your saved files.\nDownload programs such as: Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Adobe Shockwave, and Java.\n\n\n\n \n** End of Read Here First! **\n \nAcer Computer Restore:\n \n\n\n\nGo to My Computer (Or Computer) > C: > Program Files. Find the Acer Folder and open it.\nDouble click on the Acer eRecovery Management. If Windows asks for permission to run, click Yes.\nOn the left hand Side of the program, click the Restore button.\nClick Completely Restore System to Factory Defaults.\nAcer eRecovery will ask you to confirm the action. Select the Yes option then click Start.\nClick the OK option in the second confirmation dialog box. This will restart the computer.\nAfter the computer restarts, click Next in the Warning window that appears.\nClick Next again in the Restore Destination window. Then click OK in last popup Warning window about deleting your data.\nThe Restore Process will now begin.\nOnce the Acer eRecovery Management Utility is finished, click OK which notifies you that the restore is now complete.\nThe computer will now restart.\n\n\n\n\nAsus Computer Restore:\n \n**Important: DO NOT delete the RECOVERY partition on your computer! The Recovery partition is created at the factory and cannot be restored if deleted!\n \n\n\n\nRestart the Computer.\nAs the computer is booting up tap F9 repeatedly on the keyboard, which will bring up Asus Recovery Partition Utility.\na. You must start tapping F9 before the Windows Logo appears on the screen. If the Windows logo appears then restart the process.\nPress Enter to select Windows Setup [EMS Enabled].\nSelect the language you want to recover in and click Next.\nAfter reading the Asus Preload Wizard messages, click Next.\nRestore Options:a. Recover Windows to first partition only.i. This option will delete only the first partition of your Hard Drive and allows you to keep other partitions safe. This will create a new system partition as the “C:” drive.\n\n\nb. Recover Windows to Entire Hard Drive:i. This option will delete all partitions from your Hard Drive and creates a new system partition as the “C:” drive.\n\nc. Recover Windows to Entire Hard Drive with two partitions:i. This option will delete all partitions from your Hard Drive and then create two new partitions called the “C:” Drive which holds 25% and the “D:” Drive which holds the remaining 75%.1. I recommend this option due to you can restore Windows in a later point but keep the “D:” partition safe.\n\n\n\n\nSelect a partition\/option and click Next.\nFollow the onscreen instructions to complete the recovery process.\nOnce finished click Next or OK and the computer will restart.\n\n\n\n\nDell Computer Restore:\n \n\n\n\nRestart the Computer.\nAs the computer is booting up Tap F8 repeatedly on the keyboard until the Advance Boot Options menu shows. This will start Dell’s Factory Image Restore Utility.\na. You must tap F8 before the Windows Logo appears on the screen. If the Windows logo appears then restart the process.\nPress the Down Arrow to select Repair Your Computer. Then press Enter.\nSelect the language you want to do the restore process in, then click OK.\nLog into a user on the computer who has Administrative power and click OK.\nClick Dell Factory Image Restore.\nIn the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.\nClick to select the Yes, reformat Hard Drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.\nClick Next. The computer will now start the default factory configuration.\nFollow the onscreen instructions to complete the recovery process.\nOnce finished click Finish and the computer will restart.\n\n\n\n \nHP Computer Restore:\n \n\n\nRestart the Computer.\nAs the computer is booting up Tap F10 repeatedly on the keyboard until the recovery menu appears. This will start HP’s PC System Recovery.\na. You must tap F10 before the Windows Logo appears on the screen. If the Windows logo appears then restart the process.\nSelect the: Perform Standard System Recovery, click Next and then click Yes.\nRead and follow each window that appears on the screen. This will guide you throughout the whole restore process.\nAfter the System Recovery is complete the computer will restart. Windows setup will how appear.\n\n\n \nSony Vaio Computer Restore:\n \n\n\nGo to the Windows Start Menu of your computer and select the VAIO Recovery Center.\nUnderneath Choose a Program select the Restore Complete System.\nClick the Start button next to Restore Complete System.\nCheck the box next to Yes under Recovery Drive then click Next.\nCheck Yes to use the default C: Drive. Click Next again.\nA Warning will appear saying: “WARNING: This program deletes all files on your hard disk drive.” Click Next and then click Start.\nFollow the onscreen prompts as it does the recovery process.\nOnce the recovery process if finished the computer will restart.\n\n\n \nToshiba Computer Restore:\n \n\n\nRestart your computer.\nAs the computer is booting up Tap F8 repeatedly on the keyboard until the Advance Boot Option appears. This will start Toshiba Restore System Utility.\na. You must tap F8 before the Windows Logo appears on the screen. If the Windows logo appears then restart the process.\nClick on Repair Your Computer, and then press Enter.\nSelect your language you wish to restore in. Then click OK.\nOn the “System Recovery Options Screen” click Restore Application.\nFollow the onscreen instructions.\nA prompt should appear asking to begin. Click on the Full Factory Recovery.\nClick Next to continue.\nFollow the onscreen instructions, which will guide you throughout the restore process.\nOnce finished, click the Finish button.\nThe computer will now restart.\n\n\n\nGateway Computer Restore:\n\n\n\nGo to My computer (or Computer) > All Programs > Gateway and then double click Gateway Recovery Management.a. This will begin Gateway’s Recovery Management.\n\nIn the Gateway Recovery Management window, click Restore and then click Restore System to Factory Default.\nIn the confirm dialog box, select Yes and then click Start.a. If you have a computer password you will be prompted to enter it.\n\nAnother confirm dialog box will appear, click OK.\nThe computer will now restart.\nIn the Restore from factory default dialog box, click Next.\nIn the Destination Disk Information box, click Next.\nA Notice box will show, click OK.\nIn the Finished dialog box, click OK.\nThe computer will now restart.\n\n\n\nSetting up Windows after the Restore Process:\n\n\n\nAfter the computer restarts, in the “Set up Windows Screen”, click Next.\nIn the “Please read the license terms” screen, select the I accept the license terms check box for each item. Then click “Next.a. By checking each check box and pressing next, you are agreeing to all of Microsoft’s Terms and Conditions along with their EULA.\n\nIn the “Choose a user name and picture” window, enter your information, and then click Next.\nType a computer name and choose a desktop background screen and then click Next.\nIn the “Help protect Windows automatically” window, click Use recommended settings.\nSet up your time and date settings in the window. Then click Next.\nIn the “Select your computer’s current location” screen, click Home.\nIn the “Thank You” screen, click Start.\nWindows will now check your computers performance. This may take up to 15 minutes.\nWindows will finish preparing the desktop and complete the Restore process.\nOnce Windows has shown the desktop the Restore process is complete.