How do i reset my Toshiba Laptop

Resetting your computer is not reversible, and you can choose to either save personal files or overwrite and delete them entirely. While resetting is a simple and easy process in Windows 10, it should only be done as a last resort if all other attempts to solve whatever issue you have failed.

Microsoft built into Windows 10 a simple and easy way to reset your computer back to factory defaults: Reset This PC. While using this tool is easy, if you’re trying to speed up an old or slow computer, there are other options you should take a look at first.

Step by Step Process

If you’re ready to reset, make sure to back up anything important, even if you choose to keep your files and remember that all the preinstalled bloatware included with Windows 10 will come back after a reset. (This includes stuff like the Candy Crush app to any number of less-than-useful utilities Microsoft packages with Windows 10.)

Resetting in Windows 10

When considering a reset of your computer, there are few things to keep in mind:

  • If you’re resetting your computer to try to fix an issue, if there’s a chance it’s either hardware-related or network-related, a reset will likely not change much.
  • If you have multiple user accounts on your computer, make sure to connect with the other computer users and back up any of their essential data alongside yours.
  • A reset isn’t like a System Restore and so isn’t undoable.
  1. Open up the Start menu, and search for Reset. Select the Reset this PC search result.

  2. In the next window, under the Reset this PC heading at the top of the window, click Get started.

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  3. Make your decision between keeping your files (Keep my files) or wiping all your data (Remove everything), and then follow the on-screen prompts to finish resetting your Toshiba laptop.

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  4. Over the course of your reset, your computer will restart, and the whole process may take some time depending on which option you selected above as well as what computer you’re resetting.

  5. Once your reset has finished, continue following the on-screen prompts to set up your fresh installation of Windows 10. After this, you’ll be left at your desktop with a completely clean computer.

    Factory reset a Toshiba laptop in Windows 8.1

    If you’re using Windows 8.1, you can follow the steps below to reset your Toshiba laptop:

    1. Open the Settings app in your laptop.
    2. Click Update and recovery on the left.
    3. Click Recovery on the left.
    4. You’ll see two options to factory reset your laptop:
      1. Refresh your PC without affecting your files: Refresh your computer without losing your photos, music, videos and other personal files.
        1. If you choose this option, click Get started.
        2. Wait for a while to it to be ready.
      2. Remove everything and reinstall Windows: Reset your computer to factory settings.
        1. If you choose this option, click Get started.
        2. Wait for your laptop to get ready.
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    5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the reset.

    Factory reset a Toshiba laptop in Windows 7

    If you’re using Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, follow the steps below:

    1. Turn off your Toshiba laptop.
    2. Remove any external devices such as a mouse, keyboard, and USB drive. Then check and make sure your AC adapter is plugged.
    3. Press the power button to start your laptop.
    4. Press and hold the 0 (zero) key on your keyboard when powering your laptop, until you see the recovery warning screen.
    5. Choose the operating system if prompted.
    6. Click Yes to confirm.
    7. Choose the preferred option for your recovery process, such as Recovery of Factory Software.
    8. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process.

    The whole process can take up to 2 hours to complete.

    Factory reset a Toshiba laptop when you can’t boot Windows normally

    If your Toshiba laptop can’t start normally, and you can’t log into Windows, don’t worry. You can still perform a factory reset. Here’s what you need to do:

    Step 1: Boot your laptop to the Advanced Boot Menu screen

    When your Toshiba laptop can’t boot normally, you can factory reset your laptop by entering the Advanced Boot Menu screen.

    If you’re using Windows 10:

    1. Ensure your laptop is off.
    2. Press the power button to turn on your PC, then hold the power button down until PC shuts down automatically (about 5 seconds) . Repeat this more than 2 times until you see the Preparing Automatic Repair (see below screenshot).
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    3. When the Startup Repair screen appears, click Advanced Options.
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    If you’re using Windows 8:

    1. Ensure your laptop is off.
    2. Press the power button to start your laptop, then press the F12 key on your keyboard until you see the Boot Menu screen.
    3. Press the arrow key to choose HDD Recovery, then press Enter.
    4. Click Yes to continue.
    5. Then you’ll see the Advanced startup screen.

    Step 2: Start the factory reset process

    Once you see the Advanced startup option:

    1. Click Troubleshoot.
    2. Click Reset this PC.
    3. Click Keep my files or Remove everything depending on your needs.
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the resetting process.
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