How to Restore Your Computer to Its Original Factory Setting

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ryu150By IN TAI RYU

If your computer’s so confused, and you need to start over, it’s very easy to do on your own.  First, check your system restore points in the Control Panel. A restore point is a date and time in the past to which you can restore important Windows files using the System Restore tool. Microsoft creates system restore points regularly.  This simply means that you can go back or “restore” your computer to the previous setting before the virus or software download screwed up your computer.

If you don’t have any restore points, you can restore it back to the original factory setting and rebuild your machine.  Before you do that, MAKE SURE TO BACK UP YOUR HARD DRIVE TO SAVE FILES YOU DON’T WANT TO LOSE, because you will lose them.

If you have an older computer, most likely you will have to use the recovery disc that came with your computer. A recovery disc is a general term for media containing a backup of the original factory condition or a condition of the computer before the problem started.

Pop in the disc, turn on (or reboot) your computer, and follow the instructions on the screen.  The Product ID is usually located on the disc packaging and labeled on the computer.  Newer computers have a system boot partition.  Upon rebooting the computer, there’s a screen that shows which button will access this partition.  I own an HP and it’s the F11 key.  Again, follow the instructions on the screen.  You should always create a recovery disc in case the hard drive fails.  Replacing a hard drive is easy but locating a recovery disc for your PC is a pain.

This should take less than an hour.

Next month – How to Rebuild Your Machine from Scratch

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