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Here's how to reset a PC

The process to restore a Windows PC, laptop or tablet varies slightly depending on the version of the operating system you are using. Thus, we divided this tutorial into two parts: the first presents the reset process for Windows 10, the second for Windows 8.

Restore your Windows 10 to factory settings

Windows 10 has a program to restore the computer to factory settings, which makes the process rather simple.

First, open the Start menu and go to your settings by clicking on the tooth wheel symbol.

In the search bar, type RRESET and click on the option Reset this PC.

Now that you are in the section Rcupration, click on To start to start the restoration. You can then choose to keep certain files from your computer or to delete everything.

Restore your Windows 7 or 8 to factory settings

Restoring computers with versions 7 or 8 of Windows is a bit more complex.

Except for some Windows 8, these older operating systems do not have an easy-to-access tool to reset the computer. Take a look at your apps anyway to see if you don't have a program named Catering manager (or a variant of this name).

If you cannot find an application with this name, your computer may have been supplied with a installation CD-ROM. In this case, you are lucky. Just insert the disc into your PC and follow the information on the screen. Please note, do not forget to back up your important files on an external HDD, SSD or in the Cloud before starting the restoration.

Finally, if you don't have a disc or program to reset your computer, chances are your computer has a recovery partition.

A recovery partition is a small cache part of the hard drive that keeps a copy of Windows and its programs. It can be used to reset the computer and refurbish it.

Note: The reset process varies slightly depending on the make or model of your computer, as does the name of the recovery software.

from January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will no longer offer you updates or patches, so we advise you to switch to Windows 8 or 10.

First step

Restoring your computer to factory settings will delete all the files on it.

Before launching the process, save the documents you want to keep on an external hard drive or in the Cloud (photos, music).

Second tap

Turn on or restart your computer.

Third tap

While your computer is on, press the F key. Note that this shortcut varies by manufacturer, so we've made a list to help you below.

Also, to initiate the reset command, do not hesitate to press the key several times while your computer is on.

Shortcut according to computer brands:

Acer Alt + F10

Asus F9

Dell / Alienware F8

HP F11

Lenovo F11


Samsung f4

Sony F10

Toshiba press 0 (the key above the letter o – not the numeric keypad) until the Toshiba Logo appears.

If no shortcut works for you, read the message that appears when you turn on your computer. This may indicate which key to press to initiate the reset.

Finally, it happens that some computers do not have a recovery partition. If this is your case, you will need to contact your computer manufacturer.

Fourth step

present, you should see instructions displayed on your screen. As each computer has its own restoration software, we cannot present you with a detailed guide for this last part.

However, the process is almost always automatic, and you will probably only have to confirm the reset of your computer with a click.

After starting the process, leave your PC aside until a message indicates that the restore is complete.

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