Installing conflicting programs or surfing websites that contain spyware or virus programs may cause your Toshiba Satellite P200 laptop to run slowly or shut down at random times. If you are unable to fix the problem by deleting files or using an antivirus tool, the most efficient option is to recover the hard drive back to its factory state. The P200's hard drive includes a secondary partition that has a recovery program for deleting all existing data and reinstalling the operating system.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Close all applications currently running and open the laptop's "Start" menu. Select the "Shut Down" option and wait for the operating system to completely shut off.
Press the Satellite's power button and wait for the Toshiba image to pop up on the screen. Tap the "F8" key to bring up the "Advanced Boot Options" menu screen.
Scroll to the option named "Repair Your Computer" and press "Enter" to access the "System Recovery Options" menu screen. Select the language you prefer from the "Language" drop-down menu and choose your preferred keyboard layout in the "Keyboard" drop-down menu.
Click "Next." Type your existing Windows username and password in the text boxes and click "OK." Leave the password field blank if you don't use a password for your Windows username.
Click the "Toshiba HDD Recovery" link at the bottom of the window. Choose "Next" and click "Yes" when a prompt appears warning that all your existing data will be completely erased.
Click "Restart" after the laptop's hard drive is formatted. Proceed through the Windows set-up prompts that appear to select your new Windows options and network settings.
Tips and warnings
- Save any files you don't want to lose to another location before recovering your Satellite P200 back to its factory condition. For example, connect a USB memory device to the laptop's USB drive and click "Open a Folder." Drag each file you want to save over to the new window. Close the window and double-click the "Safely Remove Hardware" option at the lower-right end of the desktop. Choose the option for your USB drive and click "Stop."
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