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are hard reset and factory reset the same thing?

Q: are hard reset and factory reset the same thing?

hi,i wanted to know if hard reset and factory reset are the same things?my laptop won't turn on and i found out that i can hard reset that, but i do not want any of my data on hard disk to be erased. is it possible?(i've shut it down before so there is no data on RAM)thanks in advance.

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A: are hard reset and factory reset the same thing?

Hi, No, factory reset will bring your machine back to facory status (the time opening the box) byt hard reset won't. Regards.
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Hello Very sorry but no. Bad HDD must be replace with new HDD. The Grzy
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Before resorting to a Factory Restore, could you describe your computer and the problem that you are having?  There is a tremendous amount of expertise here on this Forum, and they might be able to find a solution that preserves everything.
Most computers have a recovery partition and it is a matter of pressing an F# key to initiate a factory image recovery, but I would not do that until I had backed up all of my data to an external drive.  Some companies, like Acer, claim that they will put your data in a separate folder and preserve it, but that did not work on a friend's computer that did require a factory restore.  You do not need the Windows disks if you do a factory restore, at least in most cases that I am aware of.  I am not a pro here.
Is your backup drive an external USB drive?  If so, make sure it is unplugged ... just in case.  If not, copy your backups, after they have been verified by the backup program (assuming you are not using Windows backup), to ensure that they are good, and make sure that you have created a backup recovery CD to boot from just in case the factory recovery is not successful.  They can fail if the recovery partition is corrupt, or their are issues with the sector integrity on Drive C:\.
I really recommend that you post more information to assist the pros here (not me) to help you correctly diagnose what the real issue is.  If you have a dying hard drive, for example, doing a factory restore is a waste of time.
Hope this helps.  Have a great day.
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A:Windows Detected a Hard Disk Problem after factory reset?

 I'm afraid it doesn't sound good for that hard drive.  You could run Speccy which you can download from here and look at the SMART data for your drive.    After running it click File -> Publish snapshot... Copy and paste the link it gives you into your next post.  
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Sorry the model is Qosmio X500/00X
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A:How can I do a factory reset

You can create a Restore Disc to restore your computer to factory defaults.


Complete the following steps to create the recovery disc set:
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Click Next when the Welcome screen displays.
A window opens listing the number of blank discs required to make a complete recovery set.
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A:factory reset

tenwen said:

how much storage is on 6GB SSD?Click to expand...

About 6 GigaBytes.

tenwen said:

how do I factory reset this PC?Click to expand...

Upon power on: Esc - F10 - will get you into the area. Details here.
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Welcome to Windows Eight Forums, HighCountry.

You have the right idea to back up all important files.

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Factory reset?
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Quote: Originally Posted by Oneiroi

Hello, I have an older custom built PC from my father and it's starting to get a little buggy as of late, freezing and such, and honestly the hard drives are getting too full, I feel it'd be better to just wipe the thing clean and start over.
The downside is I have no CD with which to reset it, and I want to make sure I'm doing it completely right, IE I don't want to delete my OS with it or completely break my PC. Any info you need for this I can provide willingly, thank you!

Ask your father for the Windows 7 DVD's.
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A:Factory Reset

Since you did the free upgrade to Win 10 the computer would have been registed with Microsoft, hence just download the OS from Microsoft and the it should activate automatically.Alternatly:Since the computer is loaded with Win 7 which was not shipped with the computer, you need to get a Recovery Disc from HP and run Recovery.:
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I am new to this forum and this is my first post... In light of recent events my computer has a ton of malware and spyware for the second time now... The first time I was able to go in and just go to control panel and factory reset it by clicking the option... now it no longer exists and It says I need a point to go back to... but I just want it clean and wiped, I went back to before I got the virus and it was still there after I restored it to that point so it was unsuccessful... How do I go about doing this with a complete system restore without using a point, I do NOT have an original disk with my OS because it came pre-installed with Home Premium... Any help would be appreciated!

A:I could use some help with a factory reset...

Welcome to the Forum.
A restore point probably would not help because it is probably infected also.
We need some information to start off with.
What infections were found?
What programs did you run to remove the infections?
What anti virus programs do you use (Active)?
Could you do this to give us some more information.

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A:factory reset

If your computer came preinstalled with Vista, it will not be erased.
I will get you information on how it is done.
If you installed Vista, after purchase, it will be erased. The OS that came with your computer on day 1 will be reinstalled.

Information is shown for Toshiba, hope it works and helps.
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A:factory reset

Hi and welcome to TSF

Have you checked the manual for your PC on how to do a factory restore?

Did you make recovery disks when you first got it?

The make and model of your PC?

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A:Factory reset

Hi,Unless you have deleted the Recovery partition on your machine, otherwise your machine should have a Recovery partition. Make sure backing up all of your files before restoring the PC/laptop to factory settings.To set your PC/laptop to factory settings, restart the PC/laptop. At the HP welcome screen hit repeatly the F11 key (or Esc key) to launch the recovery process. Follow the instructions provided on the screen.Please also check this: Otherwise you need a Recovery set. Regards.
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A:cannot factory reset

If you bought the computer with Vista and upgraded to Windows 7, that restore partition may be history.
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Thanks in advance

A:I want to factory reset!

i need factory reset because my warranty has expired lol

If warranty is already expired, why do you need a factory recovery ? ( when everybody usually want a clean install ). I am at a loss here.

In a MBR partitioned disk, giving OEM Recovery partition the "Active" mark can be used to kick start the recovery process. However GPT partition scheme changes everything and this old trick won't work anymore. If the installation image inside the "Recovery" partition is in "WIM" format, you may be able to manually restore the OS from it.
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A:Factory reset

System model?  Version of OS installed?  Does the system boot to Windows or not?
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A:Factory Reset Help

This is from the support site for your laptop:

Your Advent computer uses the latest recovery system that doesn't require any CDs or DVDs to restore your PC to it's original factory condition.

There are two ways to start the recovery:

Restart your computer. Then Press F10 repeatedly until the message "Starting System Recovery" is displayed.

In Windows by clicking: Start / All Programs / System Recovery / System Recovery.

The recovery will load and display a box with one option:

Non-destructive recovery: this option will restore Windows, supplied applications, and drivers. This option will not destroy your documents or programs. These will be backed up along with the registry. These are restored at the end of the recovery process.

To access the recovery options below that erase all data from the computer, click the Advanced button.

System Recovery - No format: this will reinstall Windows, supplied applications and drivers. It will move your files to a folder called "My old disk structure". Any applications (except those supplied) will need to be reinstalled.

System Recovery - Quick format: this option will erase your hard drive including your personal files. Windows, supplied applications and drivers will be reinstalled.

Select the Non-destructive recovery option and press Next.

You will be informed about System Restore in Windows, click Yes.

The recovery will begin. Once this is complete click Restart.

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A:how can I do a factory reset

See the Users Manual here: Support - All-in-One PCs DP700A7D | Samsung PCs

Starting on page 93.

1 - If Windows does not start
Turn your computer on and press the F4 key.
Run recovery mode.
- If Windows is running
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All apps in the bottom right corner.
Then, click Recovery.
2 If the program is running for the first time, you need to agree
to the User Agreement.
3 If the initial menu screen appears, click Recover.
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If you set the User Data Maintenance to ON, the computer is
restored while maintaining the current user data.
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A:factory reset

Hi, You will need to use your Recovery Media ( Discs or USB Drive ) to reinstall Windows 7 - a guide on this can be found on the following link. If you don't have this media, you can order a replacement set - a link to the HP Partner 'Best2Serve' can be found on your notebooks driver page below. Regards, DP-K
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A:Factory reset

Hello and Welcome to TSF!!!

So you want to install operating system from scratch right?

You will need an operating system CD [don't know which one operating system you want to install on your machine],
and do a clean install...

Here is the link where it is provided step-by-step how to install operating system:

Step-by-Step install
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A:Factory reset.............

Laptop Recovery Instructions - Tech Support Forum

If this does not work. Give me the model of your computer and I will help.
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A:factory reset

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A:Win 10 Factory Reset

Try holding F12 during power up to show the boot device menu, then select "HDD Recovery".
This should take you to the Win10 Troubleshooting screen. Choose "Reset" or "Refresh".
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RAM: 4.00 GB (350 USABLE)
I would like ALL FREE software to help me stay safe and clean and yes I know common sense will help me safe and clean.
At the moment I have Bitdefender Antivirus FREE installed and I would like to know if I could also add the following:
1. Malwarebytes FREE Antimalware?
2. CCleaner?
3. Add Block Plus?
4. Heimdal Free (Heimdal Free is a program that scans your computer for outdated and possibly vulnerable programs and automatically updates them to the latest version for you.)
5. Last but not least FREE SpywareBlaster?
Thank you in advance for your help, advice and comments, I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Kind Regards

A:Factory Reset

1. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free: Certainly yes. MBAM Free is an effective on-demand scanner and also adept at removing malware. Just remember to run a scan regularly, as the free version do not offer real-time protection and automatic scanning.2. CCleaner: Yes. Don't use the Registry Cleaner option, though.3. Adblock Plus: Yes. If you use Chrome however then I recommend uBlock, which is less resource intensive than Adblock Plus.4. Heimdal Free: I prefer Secunia PSI, as Secunia scans everything - Heimdal doesn't.5. SpywareBlaster Free: Yes.Hope this helps Regards,Alex
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A:HELP i cant factory reset.

By 'factory reset' I assume you mean format and re-install from scratch.

I suggest you purchase a Genuine Windows 7 CD to go with your Genuine Windows 7 CD Key. Beyond that I am unable to help as this forum does not support cracked/illegal software, while you may have a valid CD key you are still using a cracked version of the operating system.
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A:Factory reset

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Are you using the exact procedure here (see 1 to 7): expect you are but just wanted to make quite sure.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek
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A:Need help with factory reset.

You can download the ISO of windows 7 OS - bit version you have and burn to a disc. Then do a clean install with that. Making sure to use current Product Key. If you can't find it, use Belarc to show you.

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life
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A:trying to do a factory reset and cant

Dell restore disks are sold online. (Google for vendors.)

You will need the product key off the sticker on your Dell. The Dell site shows where to find those.
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A:Factory reset help

Hi Deathwishxvi,

Are you actually looking to reset your computer's setting to original factory settings?

or... clear clutter in your hard disk (i.e. files, software, etc...)?
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A:Help With Factory Reset!

What is the make and model of the computer? Right click Computer > Manage > Disk Management. Is there a partition that is about 12GB in size labeled recovery?
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A:Help! Had to factory reset!

Get the latest drivers from the PC (or motherboard) manufacturer's web site. If no specific instructions for installation order install the chipset first, then I like to install the networking and graphics and then the rest randomly.

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A:How can i reset my graphics card settings without seeing a thing???

If you boot into safe mode that should allow you to undo the changes you have made.