How to Restore a Compaq Armada E500 to Factory Settings

Compaq's line of computers includes the Armada laptops. The Armada E500 features a built-in keyboard, mouse, speakers and CD or DVD drive, depending on the options you choose. While using this computer, you can add your own programs and change the settings as you wish.

However, sometimes doing this can cause the computer to run inefficiently or poorly. You can reset the E500 to its factory settings by accessing a special menu on start up.

Turn off your computer if it is on. Wait for the system to shut down completely. Once it is off, press the "Power" button to turn it back on. Press the "F10" button at the top of the keyboard repeatedly as soon as you see the screen turn on. This will let you enter the set-up menu.

Use the arrow keys to move between the various menu tabs at the top of the screen. Press the "Right" button until the "File" tab is highlighted, then press the "Enter" button to enter this menu. Here you can make changes to the settings of your computer, or in this instance, restore factory default settings.

Use the "Up" and "Down" arrow buttons to move to the "Restore Defaults" option, then press enter. You will see a screen asking "Are You Sure You Wish to Restore System Defaults?" Press the "Y" button to continue. The system will begin restoring your default settings. Do not press a button until a screen says "System Defaults Restored."

Use the arrow keys to move down to the "Save Changes and Exit" option and press "Enter." The system will save your changes and automatically reboot your computer. You do not need to press "F10" this time as the computer will start Windows normally. You will see the factory settings have been restored once the system loads.