1. Reset the computer using the recovery partition
Often encountered on the laptop is installed Windows product key with the license key machine. The manufacturer will create a partition so that users can quickly restore the laptop to its original state as it was produced.
This partition is usually hidden and can not be easily deleted when the user reformats the disk. Depending on the manufacturer, the Recovery Partition feature will be hidden or displayed on the computer startup screen. And you can boot into this mode with the F key (from 1 to 12 depending on the line and manufacturer's settings) as soon as you press the power button to start the computer.
List of some shortcut access to recovery mode in some computer manufacturers:
Acer - Alt + F10
Asus - F9
Dell / Alienware - F8
HP - F11
Lenovo - F11
MSI - F3
Samsung - F4
Sony - F10
2. Reset Windows using Recovery Discs (Recovery Disc)
If your computer does not have a recovery partition, you will be prompted by the manufacturer to attach a recovery disc when purchasing a computer with a valid Windows license.
This is usually the CD or DVD that contains all the data so that the user can quickly set the Windows restore state back to the original state immediately upon purchase and will be stored in a recovery partition on the disk.
3. Reset your computer using the "Refresh" or "Reset" feature in Windows 8 product key
If you use Windows 8 or later, you'll be lucky enough to have Microsoft's "Refresh" and "Reset" features. Thanks to these two features you probably will not need to use the recovery partition and recovery disk whenever needed.
- Refresh: This option will install and refresh Windows 8 by default by the manufacturer but keep the same data on the same computer as the files, images, music and applications ( Desktop and Metro).
- This option can be used if you encounter some stubborn error on Windows that can not be resolved and above all do not want to lose files as well as applications are using on the system.
- Reset: Unlike Refresh, this option resets the Windows 8 operating system and deletes all applications, files, music, images as you re-install the system. This option can be used when you want to re-install the system or transfer your computer to another user. This process will require users to enter the key of Windows 8 can perform.
4. Reinstall Windows from scratch to reset the computer
If your computer does not use any of these methods, you can simply reinstall Windows product key. This method is quite tedious, but it will help you quickly control Windows from scratch.
And to be sure, you should make a copy of Ghost right after reinstalling Windows so you can quickly restore it when needed with Onekey Ghost. Wish you success!