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Using Recovery Media to perform a full factory reset.

Posted 05-14-2022, 10:46 AM
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If you believe you have exhausted all the troubleshooting steps to get your computer in functioning order, this may be the last step you would need to do to get the issue resolved, or if you are just mainly looking for a fresh start. Here is some information depending on OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) on your type of recovery media. Ideally, you could always download the recovery media straight from the Microsoft website, but here's the list if you want to download the media directly from your OEM.

Disclaimer: Performing a reset with recovery media will wipe out all the data on your computer. Be sure to back up your files before doing this. I am not held responsible for your data. If you need assistance, though, I am here for you. Please send me a PM.

Prerequisites:
  • 16 GB Flash Drive
  • A computer that has access to the internet can do these steps. If not, you may need another machine to create the recovery media.

Links to obtain recovery media/ISO:



Step one: If you're using Recovery media or Windows installation media.


  1. Connect a USB cable to a working computer.
  2. Launch the Recovery Tool
  3. Agree to the terms.
  4. Let it create the recovery media.
  5. Choose an operating system (64-bit or 32-bit)
  6. Continue with the message
  7. Allow it to download and copy to the USB.
  8. Once completed, close the Recovery Tool.

Step one: If you're going to use the Windows ISO.

  1. Insert the flash drive into a functional computer.
  2. Make sure you have the command prompt open and run it as administrator.
  3. Type "diskpart" and then press enter.
  4. To find the USB Flash drive, type in the command "list disk" and press enter.
  5. Once you find the drive go ahead and type in "select disk [NUMBER OF DISK YOU'RE TRYING TO FORMAT]," then press enter
  6. type in create "partition primary" then press enter
  7. Once it succeeds in creating the partition, go ahead and type in "select partition 1" it will always be one since it's the primary.
  8. After that, we need to type in "format fs=ntfs quick" and then press enter, once it's at 100%, follow the next step.
  9. Type in "active." and then press enter.
  10. Now, you can assign a letter to this partition by typing "assign" and pressing enter.
  11. The last and final step is to extract the contents of the ISO and put it in the root of the flash drive.


Step two: Alter the boot order.

  1. After creating the recovery media, we must change the boot order on the computer so that it can boot from the USB. Ensure that you do so in BIOS.
    The BIOS keys are F10, F2, F12, F1, or DEL Key.
  2. Once you've changed the boot order, you can save changes by pressing the F10 key or selecting exit & save.
  3. Restart the computer after selecting USB at top priority in the boot order.
  4. Choose a language.
  5. Accept the terms of the agreement.
  6. Choose custom installation.
  7. Delete the Windows partition and ensure that it is marked as unallocated space.
  8. Select "create new partition" and use the unallocated space.
  9. If asked to create a new partition, select yes.
  10. Click Next and wait for it to install.
  11. Install and test the computer.


If I miss anything in these steps please let me know this is my first time doing this hope you enjoy. :)
Anyways questions of concerns please post below.