It is almost inevitable to avoid problems like a corrupted operating system, malware, virus attacks, or some other unwanted distortion issues that you might come across. The best way to deal with these problems is to factory reset your laptop.
The factory reset option wipes everything from the laptop. Therefore, it is likely that this method will get rid of the problem. Be aware of the fact that as soon as you factory reset your laptop, it will also erase all your data like files, installed software, applications, images, and videos from the laptop.
So, it is a good practice to backup your data on an external memory or uses cloud storage services. This helps you retrieve all the critical data even if you have to factory reset your Lenovo laptop.
Since factory reset comes with such a severe implication, Lenovo has made sure that the process to reset a laptop is not that simple. If it were too straightforward, people would often report cases of their data getting lost due to “accidental factory reset”. But this does not mean that you can not reset your Lenovo laptop yourself.
Here is a detailed guide showing how you can reset your Lenovo laptop in case of both Windows 10 or Windows 7 operating systems.
How to factory reset lenovo laptop windows 10?
Resetting a Lenovo laptop with Windows 10 is not a challenging process at all. There are four different ways in which you can factory reset your laptop. Here is how:
1.Using The Built-In Factory Reset Method
Step 1: Go to the search bar in the toolbar and type “settings”, or use the Windows panel to reach the settings of the laptop.
Step 2: Now go to the “Update & Security” panel and find the “Recovery” tab. As soon as you click the Recovery tab, you will see a heading saying “Reset this PC”, and a small button underneath this heading that says “Get Started”.
Step 3: As soon as you press the “Get Started” button, a pop up will appear on the screen, and you will see two options. The first option will allow you to reset the laptop without losing your files and data. Whereas the second one will completely wipe the laptop and all the data will be lost.
Step 4: If you choose the “Remove Everything” option, some advanced settings will show up. You can customize according to your needs. The “Data Erasure” option will only remove the data stored on the same drive, whereas the “Data Drives” option will delete data from all the connected drives.
Step 5: Once you have customized the settings, you will click the “Reset” button, and the process to factory reset the laptop will be initiated.
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2.Using The Fresh Start Option
Step 1: Go to the Settings of your laptop and open the “Update & Security” tab. You will find the “Recovery” option underneath this tab.
Step 2: Browse to the bottom of this page, and you will see the “Fresh Start” heading. Fresh Start is a method of resetting your laptop that saves all your data and files. This method also protects some Windows settings; however, it does not specify which ones.
Step 3: Press the “Get Started” button, and you will be able to start the process to reset your laptop. Another distinction between the Fresh Start method and the Factory Reset option is that the Fresh Start option will automatically install the latest version of Windows 10. However, applications and software will be wiped. Therefore, you will have to use the license keys to reactivate Windows applications.
3.Reinstallation Via Windows Installation Media
Step 1: The Windows Media Installation involves deleting the existing Windows 10 operating system and reinstalling a new one. The first thing you need to do to reinstall Windows 10 is to download an ISO and use it to boot Windows 10 to a disc or a USB.
Step 2: Restart your laptop and simply insert the disc or USB which contains Windows 10.
Step 3: When you select the troubleshooting option, you will see the Windows setup screen. Select the USB or disc where Windows 10 is booted and use it to install Windows 10 all over again.
Step 4: Once the booting is complete, restart the laptop and you will see that the previous operating system will be replaced by the new one. All the files will no longer be available and you will have to reactivate all the Windows applications using a license key.
4.Booting Windows 10 Using Advanced Methods
Step 1: Open the settings of your laptop and go to the “Update & Security” tab. Browse to the “Recovery” option.
Step 2: Go to the “Advanced Startup” option and find the “Restart Now” button.
Step 3: While the laptop is restarting, hold down the “Shift” key from the keyboard or press the F11 key.
Step 4: Doing this will take you to the Troubleshooting mode. You will see the option to “Reset this PC”.
Step 5: Upon choosing this option, you will see the built-in factory reset settings.
Step 6: Customize the settings as needed and press the “Reset” button to initiate the factory reset process.
How to Factory Reset Lenovo Laptop Windows 7?
Step 1: Go to the start icon on the taskbar and find the “Control Panel”. Click on it to open the control panel.
Step 2: On the upper right corner of the control panel, you will find a group of settings titled “System and Security”.
Step 3: After entering the “System and Security” section in the settings, scroll downwards till you reach the “Backup and Restore” option. Here you will find a link to the “Recover system settings on your computer”. Go ahead and click it.
Step 4: On the new page that you reach, click the “Advanced Settings” button, and you will reach a page that says “Choose an advanced recovery method”.
Step 5: Select the “Return your computer to factory condition” option. An option asking whether you wish to backup your data will pop up. Skipping the option will clean the computer, and you will no longer be able to access any data that you have stored on the computer. But if you want to save your files, you can create a backup on an external memory or cloud storage.
Step 6: Click the button that says “Restart Now“. Once the laptop restarts, the data and files will be wiped, and the laptop will be reset.
How to Factory Reset Lenovo Laptop Windows 7 Without Password?
If you have forgotten your laptop’s password, you can still reset it using the following method:
Step 1: Restart your laptop and press the Function key F8 as soon as you see the Windows logo on the screen. This will take you to the boot options menu.
Step 2: Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to navigate through the options and press enter when you reach the “Repair your Computer” option.
Step 3: Selecting the option will take you to a screen that will ask you for the username and password. If you know the administrator password, go ahead and enter it in the respective field. Otherwise, leave it blank and hit enter.
Step 4: Now, you will see a couple of recovery options on the screen. Navigate using the keyboard’s arrow keys and select the option which will reset your laptop back to the factory mode.