In order to restore Windows XP to its factory settings, use the system restore feature than can be found by hitting "F10" when the computer is restarting. Find out how to use system restore to start a computer from scratch with help from the executive producer of a video production company in this free video on restoring Windows XP to factory settings.
Hi I'm Michael Burton, executive producer for Reel Entertainment located in Atlanta, Georgia. We offer full service video production for any project. Now I want to talk to you about how to restore Windows XP to factory settings. First of all let me start off by saying that Windows XP is a registered trademark of Microsoft and I am not affiliated with Microsoft. Now to restore your Windows XP to the factory settings is actually pretty simple. There's a couple of different ways that you can accomplish this. I know that for me I have an old laptop where I actually had to have the install disks. And in order to restore it I could not do it through the computer alone I had to actually insert the install disks, delete the partition and reinstall Windows XP on the partition. Now with my newer XP the one that we are doing this video on, it has the system restore feature and I can you know go to my start menu, I can either restart my computer, turn it off and then restart it either way. And as it reboots it will give me the option to go to my system restore. I think it's I believe it's F10. If I hit F10, takes me to the system restore, walks me through the steps. It asks me two things, one do I want to delete the computer completely, do I want to completely restart from factory conditions, that means deleting all program files, all data files, basically everything. And it's starting brand new, fresh. You can choose that, they recommend not to if you don't need to, but believe me from my experience I recommend doing that. If you are going to do a system restore you do it all the way. I have had so many problems restarting my XP which is the other option where you do basically a system restore and start it from factory condition but you hold on to all of your data files that you have created. Of course you have to still reinstall all of your software but I have found that I have many more glitches and problems with my Windows XP if I do that. I prefer fresh install and delete all those data files. But of course you are going to want to backup all those files then on your CD on a CD, DVD, on an extra external drive, or on a second drive. As a matter of fact, I even take everything off my second drive just in case something happens and that gets deleted. So that way my computer is completely starting over from scratch both, you know everything. So that's one way to do it. The other way to do it is to use an install disk. If your Windows XP, or if your PC laptop, PC desktop computer came with install disks you can actually install those disks by putting them in and of course running them through the DVD-ROM and then you can follow the on screen instructions. It will ask you you know whether you want to delete your partition or whether you want to setup another partition or whether you want to delete to your.. or restore you system, whether you want to reformat your drive. It gives you options and of course you are going to want to do any of those. You know reformatting your drive is great because it completely erases your drive and starts from scratch and then you just reinstall right after that or at the same time your new operating system. Your new Windows XP. If you want to a partition you can actually install a fresh Windows XP on the exact same drive just in a separate partition. You can also install Windows XP I believe on your second drive. I've never done that, I always install on my C drive but I also have a D drive. And so but I've never done that but I believe you can. So I know you can.