Trying to reset my laptop to factory settings

September 13, 2014 at 09:43:16
Specs: Windows 7
I am trying to reset my Toshiba laptop to factory settings. Its newer than 2007 so does not have a system disk. I have tried holding down zero while starting up and that does not work. Any help to solve this would be great

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September 13, 2014 at 10:41:30
What Model? And why the need to factory restore/reset? There may be other options less drastic...

And have you already safeguarded your personal files etc. off the system as is. Wise to copy all that "stuff" you wouldn't wish to lose to external storage - typically DVD but also an external hard drive if possible... - before you set about doing anything in terms of a factory reset... A factory reset will erase everything on the drive during the process of the reset/restore...

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September 13, 2014 at 12:35:35
Its a Satellite Pro L450D-14V.
Main reason for factory restore is the laptop use to belong to elder son. He just got himself a new windows 8 laptop. And is giving this to the younger son. So has copied everything to new computer and wants to make sure nothing is left

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September 13, 2014 at 13:50:56
Seems Toshiba use a variety of keys to start the process; depending on which model one has...


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September 13, 2014 at 18:27:35
Mid 2007 was about the time they switched over from disks to a restore partition. If holding down the zero key while turning it on doesn't get you to the restore process then it doesn't have the partition so you'll need disks for a reinstall. You may be able to still order the disks from toshiba or sometimes they can be purchased from elsewhere.

It would probably be easier, since it's working OK, to just clean it up--delete personal documents and settings and uninstall any added software.

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September 13, 2014 at 22:35:01
If you reinstall OS it way take another day to install all the updates up to the latest.

Try creating another (administrative) user with the new user's name.
Delete the other user(s) from the OS. Most personal docs will be removed too.
Installed apps may still work with the new user.

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