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Learn How To Factory Reset A Dell Laptop With Step-by-Step Guidance (For Windows 7,10)

Despite several useful features of the Dell laptops, there are some glitches that occur certainly while users use them and these issues need immediate repair. One of the common solutions to get rid of such errors is factory resetting the device.

If you are enquiring about how to factory reset a Dell laptop, then you have arrived at the right article. From this article, you will get the overall steps to reset your Dell laptop to a previous point in the correct manner. So, let’s begin.

Step-by-Step Guidance On How to Factory Reset A Dell Laptop:

To allow the factory reset of your Dell laptop, go through the steps at first and then apply them respectively.

For Windows 10

If you are a Windows 10 user, then follow these steps to factory reset your Dell laptop:

Step 1: Go to Settings Window

First of all, you need to open the Settings window. There are several ways by which you can open the Settings window and these are listed below. Follow your choice option.

Way 1: Firstly, navigate the mouse pointer onto the Windows logo of your Home Screen, and then right-click on it. Next, from the open Menu window, select the Settings option.

Way 2: Press down both the Windows and the letter X key at a time to open the Menu window. After that, from the Menu window, select the Settings option.

Way 3: Press down the Windows button along with the letter I key to open the Settings window. This is the best option that you can follow.

Step 2: Navigate to Choose an Options window and Continue

Now, under the Settings window, click on the “Update & Security” option. Further, from the left-hand side panel of the Settings window, click on Recovery. 

Next, from the right-hand side panel of the Recovery option, click on the Get Started button, which is under the Reset this PC section.

After following the above steps, you will get the Choose an Options window on the screen with the two options, and that is as follows:

  • Keep my files
  • Remove everything

Among the two options, the best to select is “Remove everything”. You can also proceed with the first option to get the options regarding Keep my files on the next window. Here, we proceed with the second option (ie Remove everything).

Now, under the Reset this PC window, you will get the two options for “Do you want to clean the drivers, too?”, and they are as follows:

  • Just remove my files
  • Remove files and clean the drive

Here, we are proceeding by clicking on “Remove files and clean the drive”. Now, from the prompted window, click on the Reset button to begin the process.

As the resetting is done, hopefully, you will get your system free from this problem.

For Windows 7

If you are a Windows 7 user and want to perform a factory reset task, then follow these steps to go through:

Step 1: Open Control Panel

The first task that you need to proceed with to perform how to factory reset a Dell laptop process on Windows 7 is to open the Control Panel window. There are several ways by which you can do this task. 

Take a look below to know the ways and then proceed with your chosen way.

Way 1: Tap the Windows button along with the letter R to open the Run bar window first. Next, ensure that nothing is present in the Run bar, and if then to remove the command you need to use the Backspace key. After that, in the Run bar, type control and lastly, click on OK to get the result on the Windows screen.

Way 2: Press down the Windows button from your keyboard to activate the search bar. After that, in the Search bar, type “control”, without the quotations. Next, from the search result, click on the Control Panel option.

Step 2: Navigate to Back Up or Restore your Files window and Continue

Now, under the Control Panel window, ensure that the View by option is set as Category. And if not, then as an additional step, you need to expand the options list for View by. After that, from the expanded list, select the Category option.

After ensuring that the View by is set as Category, now click on “System and Security”. Next, scroll down the window until you get the Backup and Restore section, and click on it.

Further, from the right-hand side panel of the Backup or restore your files window, click on “Recover system settings on your computer” which is present under the Restore section. 

Now, under the System Restore section, click on the “Advanced recovery methods” link. There are two options you will get under the next window and are as follows:

  • Restore files from a system image backup
  • Return Your Computer to Factory Condition

Select “Return Your Computer to Factory Condition” to continue.

Note: If you are not getting the Factory Reset option on the next window, then it means that you do not have a recovery partition present.

From the next window (that is, “Do you want to back up your files?”), you will get two options “Back up now” and “Skip”. Click on “Skip”. Next, select the Restart button to reboot your computer and start the factory reset process on Windows 7.

All these are the complete steps for performing how to factory reset a Dell laptop process. Hopefully, you will not face any problem in performing this task. For hassle-free services, you can also take help from an expert.

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