How to Factory Reset a Toshiba Laptop

Problems with a Toshiba laptop? A reset may help

What to Know

  • Open the Start menu, type reset, and click the Reset this PC option. Follow the on-screen prompts.
  • Choose between keeping personal files or removing them during the reset.
  • Even if you choose to keep personal files, make sure to back up any critical data on your computer before resetting.

This article covers how to reset your Windows 10 Toshiba laptop.

How to Reset a 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: Windows Reset. 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.

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.)

Regardless of the manufacturer of your Windows 10 laptop, any machine running Windows 10, be it desktop, laptop, or tablet, can be reset in this manner.

  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.

    Windows 10 system reset
  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.

    System reset choose options
  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.

Tips for 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.
FAQ
  • How do I reset a Toshiba Satellite laptop back to factory settings?

    If you have a Toshiba Satellite laptop, the easiest way to reset it to factory settings is to use the recovery partition. Press and hold the power button for at least 10 seconds until the laptop powers off. Simultaneously press and hold the power button and 0 (zero) key to boot up the laptop. Release the 0 key when the laptop starts beeping. Select Yes to opt for System Recovery, then select Recovery of Factory Default Software > Next. Then, select Recover to Out-of-Box State > Next to start the process.

  • How do I factory reset a Toshiba laptop running Windows 7?

    If you're running Windows 7 on your Toshiba laptop, turn it off and remove any connected external devices. Press the power button, then press and hold the 0 (zero) key until you see a Recovery Warning message. If prompted, select the operating system. Then, select the recovery process you want, such as Recovery of Factory Software, and follow the prompts.

  • How do I factory reset a Toshiba laptop without a password?

    If you're locked out of your Toshiba laptop and can't remember the administrator password, you can still reset the device to factory settings. When you're on the login screen, press the power button and Shift key at the same time. Then, select Troubleshoot > Reset This PC.

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