How to Restore a Toshiba Satellite Laptop to Factory

Written by jean brewer
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If your Toshiba Satellite laptop is acting strangely, perhaps Windows has become corrupted and needs a new install. Regardless of the reason, if you need to restore your Toshiba Satellite to factory condition, all it takes is a little time and a little work.

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Things you need

  • AC adaptor for your Toshiba laptop
  • Toshiba Satellite Laptop Recovery Disk Set

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  1. 1

    Connect the AC adaptor to your Toshiba Satellite laptop and connect to AC power.

    Turn on your Toshiba laptop. Open your CD-ROM drive and insert Disk 1 of your Toshiba Recovery Disk set. Hold down the power button until your Toshiba laptop powers off.

  2. 2

    Turn your laptop back on. Press "F12" at the Toshiba boot screen to access the Boot Menu.

    Highlight your CD-ROM/DVD drive using your arrow keys. Press "Enter" to boot from the Recovery disk. Several messages will appear on the screen as the software loads.

  3. 3

    A large warning sign will appear, informing you that all data on the hard disk will be deleted and rewritten. It will ask if you have backed up all important data. Click the "yes" button to continue, if you have backed up all of your important data.

  4. 4

    The next window gives you two choices. The first choice is a basic recovery of factory default software, which will recover your Toshiba Satellite laptop to the out-of-box factory state.

    Highlight the first radio button and click "Next."

  5. 5

    The next window gives you three choices, two of which are for advanced configurations. Highlight the first radio button to recover your Toshiba laptop to the out-of-box state and click "Next."

    This window warns you that all partitions will be deleted and all data lost on the hard drive. Click "Next" to start the recovery.

  6. 6

    Your Toshiba Satellite will now restore to the factory default state. A time indicator will show how much time has lapsed, and how much time is remaining in the process.

    Insert the second recovery disk when the laptop requests it and click "OK" to continue.

  7. 7

    Click "Finish" when the laptop tells you that the recovery is complete. The disk drive will open. Remove your recovery disk as the laptop restarts.

  8. 8

    Listen for the music as Microsoft thanks you for purchasing your Toshiba Satellite featuring Microsoft Windows. Click "Next."

  9. 9

    Read the terms of Microsoft's End User License Agreement (EULA). If you accept the terms, highlight the "Yes, I accept" radio button. Click "Next."

  10. 10

    Highlight the first radio button that says "Help protect my PC by turning on Automatic Update now." Click "Next."

  11. 11

    Click "Skip" to avoid setting up networking information. Microsoft will pause while checking your Toshiba's connection to the Internet. Click "Skip" to avoid setting up an Internet connection right now.

  12. 12

    Highlight the two radio buttons labelled "No, not at this time" to avoid registering with Toshiba and Microsoft. The laptop will remind you to register at a later date, which will give you time to configure your personal settings. Click "Next" to continue.

  13. 13

    Type your name into the first user box labelled "Your name." Click "Next."

    Microsoft again thanks you, offering congratulations for completing the set-up. Click "Finish" to close the wizard.

  14. 14

    Log in and enjoy your Toshiba Satellite Laptop, newly restored to factory condition.

Tips and warnings

  • Erase the hard disk in Step 5 if you are planning to give or sell your Toshiba Satellite laptop to someone else. This will ensure that they cannot steal your personal data with hard disk recovery utilities. This method takes much longer than a standard recovery, however.
  • You will need to manually reinstall any third-party programs and hardware installed after you purchased your Toshiba Satellite laptop. This process only restores the laptop to factory out-of-box condition.
  • Back up any important data before beginning the recovery process. All data left on the laptop will be lost during the recovery procedure.

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