How to Perform A Windows 7 Factory Reset

How to Perform A Windows 7 Factory Reset

“I am using Windows 7 on my computer for professional use. But, I want to update my computer system, so I want to sell my old system. Before selling it, I want to reset its factory settings, by which my data will not transmit to purchasing customer. Hence, my main concern is How to do Windows 7 factory reset on the system. I try by myself but fail. Can anyone suggest me a perfect solution to this?” – A Windows user


In today’s era, everything is going digital. Everyone wants to do work with less effort and digitally. Windows plays an essential role in this digital world. Generally, Windows was created by Microsoft. It is a group of various proprietary graphical operating system families. Moreover, it allows the users to surf the internet using Windows Internet Explorer. There are different versions of Windows like Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10, and 10 S. 


Many computer manufacturers are providing installed Windows in the computer. But they didn’t offer actual installation media. Instead, they create a hidden recovery option for users to perform a factory reset. But users face problems during the Windows 7 factory reset. Hence, with this blog, we will present you with the perfect steps to perform a factory reset for Windows 7. But, before performing the factory reset, let’s look at why users want to do that.


Why does Windows 7 Factory Reset?

Following are some of the reasons why users want to perform a factory reset:


  • When the users wish to sell their computer system Windows installed, they want to reset the Windows for privacy.
  • To restore the computer settings, which were changed by the user that created the problem. 
  • The computer system is performing slowly.
  • Due to infected and corrupt windows infected by the virus.
  • To delete the files which are decreasing the Windows performance.
  • When there are corrupted files in the computer’s main server folder.


How to Perform a Windows 7 Factory Reset?

You can perform a factory reset with two solutions. Following are:


Solution 1: Factory Reset without Installation Disc


  1. Firstly, go to Start and select Control Panel
  2. Secondly, choose System and Security.
  3. Now, you have to click on Backup and Restore.
  4. Front the Backup and Restore Window, choose the “Recover System Settings on your Computer” option.
  5. After that, pick the Advanced Recovery Methods option. 
  6. Here, you will see two options
  • Restore Files From a System Image Backup.
  • Return Your Computer to Factory Condition.
  1. You have to click on the “Return Your Computer to Factory Condition” option.

Note: If your computer system doesn’t have a recovery partition, then you can’t do Windows 7 factory reset. Instead, you will see the “Reinstall Windows (needs Windows Installation disc) option

  1. Then, choose either create a Back up now, or you can skip it and go with the factory reset without creating any backup of the current files.
  2. Now, click on the Restart button to reboot the system and begin the factory reset process.


If you can’t see the “Return your computer to factory condition”, try the given below solution.


Solution 2: Factory Reset Using Recovery Mode


  1. Firstly Restart the computer in Recovery Mode.

When you are restarting, you will get information on how to get to the recovery mode at the bottom of the screen. You normally can use F-keys such as F11 or F9. In the notebooks, it will be with the combination of the “Fn” key.

  1. Now, in the recovery mode, utilize the arrow buttons to choose the option of Recovery.
  2. After that, click on Next, and again click on Next for confirmation. If possible, then disconnect the mouse and keyboards from the computer.
  3. In the end, the factory settings will be restored in some time.


Solution 3: Install Windows 7 Using USB/DVD

You can perform a Windows 7 factory reset with Windows 7 USB/CD. Here are the steps:


  1. Firstly, Turn off your computer system and disconnect all peripherals (except the mouse, keyboard, and monitor).
  2. Then, plug the USB  into the system’s USB port. If you have the original CD, then insert the CD into the Disk drive.
  3. Now, turn on the computer. 
  4. After that, use the boot menu – depending upon the BIOS or computer version, press and use the keys ESC, F12, F8, or DEL.
  5. In the boot options, choose DVD/CD drive where the disk is stored.
  6. Thereafter, follow the on-screen directions to complete the reinstallation of the Windows from the installation CD.
  7. The installation can take some time.


Things to Do Before Performing Windows 7 Factory Reset

It is always suggested to create a backup of the important files on an external hard drive. It will keep your data safe and secure, as the factory reset will delete all the previous information. You can also create a backup on the cloud, which you can access whenever you want. 

The Bottom Line

With the help of this write-up, we present you with the procedure to perform a Windows 7 factory reset. Resetting the Windows to the factory settings can be a bit technical task. You need some technical knowledge regarding Windows to operate the steps. If you still can’t factory reset the Windows, contact the experts. They will surely help you. Thank You!

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