In this post I explain how to reinstall factory operating system. This should work for most laptops running Windows Vista or Windows 7 OS.

This could be useful if your OS stopped working properly, got corrupted or infected with a virus.

WARNING! Running system restore utility will erase all personal data on the hard drive and re-image it back to factory defaults. Make sure all personal data is backed up before reinstalling the OS. Also, make sure the laptop is running on AC power during the recovery process.

These days most computers are sold without recovery discs. Instead they have a hidden (or visible) recovery partition with the factory image. In order to re-image the hard drive back to defaults it’s necessary to initiate the recovery wizard and it’s very similar for many different brands.

As an example I’ll show step-by-step operating system re-installation process on HPs.

How to start Recovery Manager on HP laptops.


Turn on the computer and press the F8 key when HP (or any other brand) logo appears on the screen.


On the next screen you should see Advanced Boot Options.

If for some reason you don’t get this screen, restart and try the F8 key again.

From all available options select the very first line: Repair Your Computer and press on the Enter key.


This should take you to the System Recovery Options.

Select available language and keyboard layout. Press on the next button.


On the next screen select your user name (must be user with administrative rights) from the drop down menu.

Enter the user password and press the OK button.


This will take you to the next System Recovery Options window.

The last option will be HP Recovery Manager. Click on it.


This will take you to the next window: HP Recovery Manager.

There are many different options here and one of them – System Recovery (Restore your computer to its original factory conditions).

Select this option and follow the instructions on the screen.

How to start Recovery Wizard on Toshiba laptops.

In order to start Toshiba Recovery Wizard you follow STEPS 1-5.

This will bring you to the same System Recovery Options with Toshiba Recovery Wizard at the end.

Click on the Toshiba Recovery Wizard button.

On the next scree you’ll see Toshiba warning about data deletion. Click the next button.

In the next Toshiba Recovery Wizard window you can select Recover to out-of-box state option.

Click on the next button and follow instructions.

How to start Backup and Recovery Manager on Dell laptops.

Here’s another example.

Again, follow steps 1-5 and on the System Recovery Options select the very last option: Dell Backup and Recovery Managers.

This will take you to the next window where you can start the operating system re-installation process. Follow the instructions.

Other options.

If the above mentioned way doesn’t work, try this.

Hold down the “0″ (zero) key and turn on the computer. Do not release the key until the recovery interface starts loading.

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  1. 21
    Sreeraj Says:

    incase of samsung n150 plus,press f4 when samsung logo enters,you get complete reset options.

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    jason Says:

    my hp laptop model G60-23ous does not have the recovery option come up

  3. 19
    Oliver Says:

    Hi, I have a Hp laptop and its running windows Vista. I cannot on it or boot it.. its charger is okay and the power light is showing when I plugged in the charger but when I press the power to come on the light just showed up and it shutdown again.
    any advice would be greatly appreciated. Please if anybody can help i will be very great full.

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    Paul Says:

    On Acer laptops you can press ALT + F10 when logo screen comes up and follow the instructions.

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    Cool Says:

    Hi,Guys i have a HCL laptop .First i have windows xp then i installed windows 7 on it but on another portion of disk after that i shut down my laptop and when i turn it on it just start and keeps on restarting,no motherboard logo just a blank screen ,No keyboard works,No cursor on he screen,Please Help me to repair my laptop

  6. 16
    msi Says:

    In MSI you press F3 when the laptop start.

    just wanted to share and thank you all.

  7. 15
    Ricky america Says:

    my problem is vedio card,, how to fixed im working a ship for 8 months pls help me how to fixed hp note book vedio card i search they say beak,, but no procedure ,, thank you for support.. God bless

  8. 14
    Peace Says:

    Thanks for the tutorials it has really been informative

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    Bhavin Says:

    I have an HP laptop and tried same steps as mentioned.. however in my laptop System Recovery option is disabled on HP Recovery Manager Screen.
    Pllzzz help me out… how to get that enabled and proceed with system recovery…

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    George imade Says:

    Sire, my Toshiba satelite can only display with battery but when charger connected to it or alone it shut down the system or the system will be restarted severely without an end with no display. I have check the mother board but there is no phisical damage on board.
    pls if there is any idea on any component that is causing the problem. Thanks

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