Solved old toshiba satellite - no recovery disk - reset to factory

March 13, 2017 at 16:15:09
Specs: windows XP
old toshiba satellite - no recovery disk - reset to factory.

how can I reset my 2004 to factory without the original recovery disk?


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March 14, 2017 at 00:17:14
You can always use a generic XP installation disk to do a reinstall. You'd probably need to install some additional drivers but they should be available on the support page for that model.

Or clean it up manually--uninstall any software you've added; do a Disk Cleanup (Programs--accessories--system tools--Disk Cleanup) and/or run Ccleaner:

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

(the free version) Delete the contents of My Documents and any other folders that may contain personal information. Maybe run some malware scans with something like Malwarebytes:

https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-do...

(the free version. It'll coax you to upgrade to the pay version. Just ignore that. But it's OK to update the definition files when it warns you they're outdated.)



#1
March 13, 2017 at 17:18:42
Which exact.model Toshiba do you have; and do you wish to run XP on it again?

Also is there a sticker - possibly on the base or inside the batery compartment (if a laptop) a showing the Windows XP key?


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March 13, 2017 at 18:42:37

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March 13, 2017 at 19:42:41
It's a Satellite M70 circa 2004, running Windows XP Professional. Stickers all still on bottom.

I want to sell or give away so basically just want to reset to factory. I'm not concerned with using XP again. The buyer or recipient of the machine may wish to update it anyway. Solid machine in good condition but not used for 4 years at least.

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#4
March 13, 2017 at 20:47:27
Thanks for response riider, but that doesn't work on this older XP machine. I don't have the original disks anymore but I want to clean up so I can dispose of the machine securely. Sell or give away. Regards MLT

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March 14, 2017 at 00:17:14
✔ Best Answer
You can always use a generic XP installation disk to do a reinstall. You'd probably need to install some additional drivers but they should be available on the support page for that model.

Or clean it up manually--uninstall any software you've added; do a Disk Cleanup (Programs--accessories--system tools--Disk Cleanup) and/or run Ccleaner:

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

(the free version) Delete the contents of My Documents and any other folders that may contain personal information. Maybe run some malware scans with something like Malwarebytes:

https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-do...

(the free version. It'll coax you to upgrade to the pay version. Just ignore that. But it's OK to update the definition files when it warns you they're outdated.)


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#6
March 14, 2017 at 04:54:57
Thanks DAVEINCAPS. Useful information and I may just do that.

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#7
March 14, 2017 at 19:27:31
You're welcome. I hope you get it fixed.

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