How to reboot my laptop back to factory without a disk

Updated April 17, 2017

In many circumstances rebooting a computer is the only option for repairing Windows. Rebooting a computer is technically known as performing a Factory Restore, which will cause your computer to revert to factory settings. All information on your hard drive will be erased. The good news is that all of the errors will also be gone. It's easy to reboot your computer to factory settings without the System Restore disc.

Power on your computer and wait for the black screen to appear. The black screen only appears for a short time, so be attentive. Proceed to Step 2 as soon as you see the black screen.

Press F11 to go to the configuration screen. A menu will appear, with the option to perform a Factory Restore.

Choose "Restore Factory Defaults". It may take a couple of hours to restore the computer. When the process is completed, Windows will reboot and walk you through the set-up process.


Back up important files before performing a System Restore.

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Based in Florida, Robert Ceville has been writing electronics-based articles since 2009. He has experience as a professional electronic instrument technician and writes primarily online, focusing on topics in electronics, sound design and herbal alternatives to modern medicine. He is pursuing an Associate of Science in information technology from Florida State College of Jacksonville.