How to Factory Reset an Asus Laptop

Start with a clean slate

What to Know

  • Perform a Windows Search for Reset this PC and select it. Click Get Started and follow the on-screen prompts.
  • There are two self-explanatory reset options: Keep my Files: and Remove everything:
  • If you have a Windows 10 laptop that shipped with Windows 8.1, you can select Restore factory settings to re-install Windows 8.1.

This article covers a factory reset of an Asus laptop running Windows 10. Use our guide to performing a factory reset of Windows 8 or a factory reset of Windows 7 if you have an older device.

How to Factory Reset an Asus Laptop

Performing a factory reset of an Asus laptop will reinstall Windows and return settings to their default state. A factory reset is often the last resort when troubleshooting a persistent problem with the computer. It's also essential if you want to sell or gift a laptop.

  1. Perform a Windows Search for Reset this PC and select it.

    Reset this PC button on an Asus laptop.
  2. The Recovery menu will open. You will see the Reset this PC section at the top. Tap the Get Started button beneath it.

    Get Started button on Recovery options in Windows on an Asus laptop.
  3. You will see up to three options. Any of these will reset the device, but the details depend on the method you select. Tap the option you prefer to continue.

    • Keep my Files: This will remove apps and reset settings but will keep personal files. Select this if you plan to keep the laptop.
    • Remove everything: This will remove all files, apps, and settings and perform a clean re-install of Windows. Select this if you plan to sell or gift the laptop.
    • Restore factory settings: This is only available on an Asus laptop running Windows 10 that shipped with Windows 8.1 installed. It removes all files, resets all settings, and installs Windows 8.1. Only select this if you prefer to have Windows 8.1 installed.
    File options in the Reset this PC dialog.
  4. After a short wait, a new menu will provide two additional options. Tap the option you prefer to continue.

    • Cloud download: This will download the latest version of Windows from Microsoft during the reset. It will also install the latest drivers. Select this if you have Internet access during the reset.
    • Local reinstall: This reinstalls using the version of Windows currently on the laptop. It might seem more straightforward, but Windows Update will bug you to install updates after you've finished, so you're not saving time. Select this if you won't have Internet access during the reset.
    Choose how to reinstall Windows when you reset an Asus Laptop.
  5. The following menu shows the settings Windows will use for the factory reset. These depend on the selections you've made, so there's generally no need to change them. If you want to tweak them, however, tap Change Settings.

    Tap Next to continue.

    Change Settings and Next on the Additional Settings dialog box.
  6. You'll see a final confirmation of your settings and several warnings about what will happen to your files. Thoroughly read this screen, then tap Reset to continue.

    This is the point of no return! Your Asus laptop will begin its factory reset once you tap Reset. Double-check any important files or settings are backed up to another device.

    The final reset option on an Asus laptop.
  7. You can leave the device unattended while it resets. The process can take 15 minutes to over an hour, depending on your Asus laptop's performance and your Internet connection speed.

When Is a Factory Reset of an Asus Laptop Necessary?

Performing a factory reset can resolve various problems because it will return Windows to its default settings and remove the software. It can wipe away driver or software conflicts. It's typically a last resort only used when you can't identify the cause of a problem.

You'll also want to perform a factory reset if someone else will use the laptop as their primary device. The factory reset will remove all your data, so the next user doesn't have access to it, which is vital for your privacy and security.

You might also perform a factory reset to freshen up your laptop. It provides a clean slate, which helps you feel you've downloaded too many apps and files and don't want to pick through them one-by-one.

How to Prepare for a Factory Reset of an Asus Laptop

It's essential to back up your files and settings before performing a factory reset. You'll generally want to back up files individually using cloud storage or an external drive. Backup solutions that create an image of your entire PC defeat the point of a factory reset because they'll restore everything that was on your laptop before the reset.

Plan to go without the computer for 15 minutes to an hour while the reset process completes. You can cancel the reset while Windows downloads and prepares files for install, but you can't cancel the reset after that point.

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