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Windows 8 tablet factory reset/hard reset problem!!! HELP!!

Q: Windows 8 tablet factory reset/hard reset problem!!! HELP!!

I have a Windows 8 tablet Acer Iconia W700(I5 Core) and i am trying to factory reset to the default settings again because of the stupid problems i am having on the tablet.
Here is the problem i am trying to get into the BIOS which is the 1 step on the Acer website but for some bizarre reason when it is completely off i press the Windows button and the power button to get in to the BIOS as it says on the Acer Website but it keeps going to the start menu/desktop now instead of going to the BIOS. :/
I have factory reset/hard reset on my Acer Iconia W700 a couple times and i never had this problem before, i gone in to the BIOS no problem!!!
Can someone help me please?? Thanks!!!

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A: Windows 8 tablet factory reset/hard reset problem!!! HELP!!

Is it still under warranty? You should try contacting Acer.

http://forums.windowscentral.com/general-tablet-laptop-discussion/397817-windows-8-tablet-factory-reset-hard-reset-problem-help.html
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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
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/speccy/ 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.  
 
 For more information about the drive, you could download hard drive diagnostics form the Seagate or Western Digital web site and run them.  I've used Seatools from Seagate a good bit.
 
 If you have to replace that drive, you'll probably lose the recovery partition, so be prepared for that.  Your user guide should have info on how to create the recovery discs if you haven't already done that.
 
Good luck.

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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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A:how do u factory reset asus tablet

Just put in the password and proceed from there. As you always have to input it you will obviously know what it is.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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so I got a warning saying I have a Trojan horse virus and I didn't click anything and I exited out of the page then I deleted downloads and I decided to factory reset my tablet. But updates don't come so i'm a little worried. So is my tablet going to be okay?

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That might depend on how you received the notice. If you received the notice via email then the email was a fake to get you worried and they hope that you will click on their site to 'fix' your machine and they can scare you into paying them to help you. In this case you are probably safe from it if you did not open anything or follow any links from it.The general rule is that a Factory Restore or Reset wipes out everything and reloads the original system from a compressed copy stored on the machine's drive in a secure location. This should remove anything you might have picked up then or in the past (to better than 99% probability). Anything previously on your machine's drive that was deleted during the factory restore could only be restored by someone with direct contact with your machine to install a recovery program on it (or remote access into it) and that is only as long as nothing was written to the location that it was stored on before. Once the location is overwritten, it is gone for good.The suggestions above were made with the intention of helping your peace of mind by allowing you to scan the machine for any remaining junk and to remove it if necessary.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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Just a word of thanks and a hint for anyone who has problems with these machines.

I tried for hours to hard reset my tablet. Nothing worked. In desperation I Googled and came up with a closed thread on this site dealing with my problem. I can't add to it to say how much I appreciate the help. If I am posting in the wrong place, please forgive a newbie.

To hard reset, first power off, then hold down the vol down button. Press the power button and hold down until a recovery screen pops up. Follow the prompts. Works like a dream.

Thanks again
 

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Bungle..... welcome to the TSG Forums...

If you want to refer to a CLOSED Thread then you can C&P the URL into your Post to enable others to view the Thread.

As for the instructions for a Hard Reset...... makes you wonder what exactly is that white powder that this programmer was putting in that cup of Java..... perhaps not sugar....

T.
 

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A:windows 8 factory reset problem

Welcome to EightForums.

Try doing Reset.


   Information

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





You can use the OEM version of
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
   Warning
Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.





The Recovery USB drive can be very problematic, I recommend you also make a Windows System Image.

System Image - Create in Windows 8

Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

or
look for a 3rd party ,Backup software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
Which is signed by Microsoft.

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A:Windows 7 Factory reset problem

How are you doing the system restore. Is it from a partition on the Hard Drive or through a set of recovery disks. If you are doing it from the hard drive and the drive was going bad this could have caused the problem. Also if a shop reinstalled the operating system they may not have put the recovery partition on the drive. In this case you would need recovery discs. If you do not have them, they can be ordered through the manufacturer.

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Your display driver is outdated.
Update it by following these instructions.

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Placidus:
 
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.
 
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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.
 
Regards,
-Phil

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A:WILL FACTORY RESET FIX HARD DRIVE FAILURE?

Hello Very sorry but no. Bad HDD must be replace with new HDD. The Grzy

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A:Windows Factory Reset Problem,Endless Loop of Setup and Booting Issue

Try this to get out of Safe boot.

When you are booted go to System Configuration.
Select Boot and uncheck Safe Boot and then Restart.

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A:factory reset problem

Hey Mate,

In my experience, if you put a card in the PCIe slot, it will usually be the default after that. Try plugging the monitor cable into the new card you installed, it should run just off the stock VGA driver in windows. Otherwise, on some MB's you can go into the BIOS and select the default port. If that fails, remove the new Graphics card, perform the factory reset again, and then install it after putting on windows 10 again.

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A:Problem with factory reset

Reboot, turn off automatic updates and look for KB3145739 in update history. If you do not have it then install it manually. Are you currently as SP1? Right Click Computer > Properties. If not at SP1 you can install it manually and then KB3145739. Reboot and then check for updates with auto updates still disabled. See if this solves the problem. 

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Also like to add i have sent the laptop for repair under warrenty through which i have had the motherboard and wireless card replaced. i did not check however then if the system information was correct.

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A:Factory Reset Windows10: There was a problem resetting your PC FIX

Originally Posted by Tankachoo


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A:Solved: Factory reset. Connect problem

Did this system come with a wireless card or was it added? If it was added, you probably need to install the driver for the card. Post a screenshot of device manager.

In addition when you restored the system, you removed any stored pw. Have you scanned for the wireless network and inputted the correct pw?
 

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Unfortunately, a Dell computer with XP does not give you the Restore to Factory settings. That only applies to newer Dell computers, unless you have a Restore CD in your collection? If not, you can try to contact Dell https://www.dell.com/support/diagnos...t=y&redirect=2, but since it is XP, they probably won't help you.
You can purchase one from Ebay or Craigslist,

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Sorry for my bad spelling and grammar errors.

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It's doable through tutorials on this site IF your PC has the capability. Some do, some don't.

But a few questions:

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Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

   Information

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
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What version of Office are you running? There are no bare-bones versions of Word unless you are talking about free programs that can open Office Documents. There are number of those including Kingsoft, Open Office, and Softmaker's Free Office.

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Just hit it with the oem disks that came with the computer that should wipe everything and return it to a factory state.

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JC442 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!A "factory reset" returns the PC to the state it was in when it left the factory, so of course, it will reinstall the original OS, drivers, and apps.

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What are you trying to reset? Are you looking to reinstall Windows.

A program such as this one should be able to grab your key:

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JoryLee,

Do you have any data you need? A fresh install would be ideal here. You should get an installation DVD and install the OS on a fresh HD.

Let us know if you need help with this...

Good luck,
Ben

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A factory reset does the job, see http://www.manualslib.com/manual/667014/Hp-Elitebook-8560w.html?page=131 .
 
Louis

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A:Can't Factory Reset on Windows 8.1 (ASUS)--Looking for ISO

Probable cause is that your recovery partition is corrupted. You may order Recovery Disks from Asus:
http://www.service.asus.com/#!faq/c24i6

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It may be a corrupt Windows Update, is your PC set to auto update?
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Also check the disk health with its manufacturer's tools.

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To reset to factory conditions, F9, Troubleshoot then reset. These instructions are on page 84 of the owners manual.

Notebooks & Ultrabooks - ASUS ROG G750JM - ASUS

Refresh or reset is covered in this tutorial.

Refresh or Reset Windows 8 without Installation Disk

You should create a Recovery Drive

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Always backup your data on a regular basis.

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If you could get your hands on a Windows 8.1 disk/USB then you can use that to boot into the advanced options and reset the PC. As most helpers and advisors on here would probably agree, resetting the PC should always be a last-ditch effort when all other options were exhausted. You could try visiting the malware removal forum: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-logs/ and posting the logs requested to get help by a trained BC member.

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A:Factory Reset Stuck Windows 8.1

Control Panel > Recovery > create a recovery drive..

Boot from recovery media and select refresh..

http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/58346-factory-reset-stuck-windows-8-1-a.html
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Okay, all of a sudden, I log in today and everything is back to normal again. All of my files have been restored just the way they were. The theme has been restored, my tiles, my browsers, everything. Very strange, maybe it is a virus, either way I am not ready to mark as solved because it might happen again.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/random-windows-8-factory-reset.1105883/
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A:Can't do a factory reset after reinstalling windows 7 pro

unfortunately; this sounds to me like something may have corrupted the boot manager when you tried to downgrade to windows 7. If you have the windows 7 disk; i would try running it off the windows disk and doing a repair. Also; you might want to refer to the following link which will give more in depth detail on how to troubleshoot this:

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http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/365842-cant-do-factory-reset-after-reinstalling-windows-7-pro.html
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Well...eMachines was acquired by Gateway...which was acquired by Acer...which no longer supports the eMachines line.  See http://www.neowin.net/news/acer-ditching-cheap-emachines-pc-brand .
 
Both Gateway and eMachines seem to have a history of possibly faulty recovery mechanisms.
 
The only thing I can suggest is to contact someone at the eMachines website and try to get replacement disks,
 
eMachines Customer Service
 
Louis

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Hi

Please take a look at the bottom of your laptop and check whether there is a COA sticker like the below one.


If yes, you can use the key printed on that sticker to perform a clean installation. Please refer the detailed guide written by "gregrocker" for more info.

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Activate Windows 7 by Phone

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A:Unable to reset windows 8 to factory

if that is the case your system is using a customrefresh.wim and not the needed istall.wim

right click > command prompt > run as admin then type

reagentc /info

post the results by using the snipping tool

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A:Vista/windows 7 Factory Reset.

Did this machine come with Vista installed and then you installed Windows 7?
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So, you will need to get a Vista recover CD from the OEM of the computer OR use the Windows 7 DVD that you upgraded with.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/vista-windows-7-factory-reset.971418/
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A:Windows 7 Cannot Install After Factory Reset

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I would first try to recover your files this is a little complicated but there's a good video available
Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS

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A factory reset should never take more than a couple of hours if that. Obviously something is wrong. If you were having issues before the reset the failure could be due to a hardware issue such as a failing hard drive. You will need to stop the reset. 
 
Do you have access to another computer? If  you do then download UBCD and burn the iso to a CD on a Windows 7 or later computer by right clicking the iso file and selecting Burn Disk Image. Boot UBCD and at the menu screen select HDD > Diagnosis. Scroll down to Seatools for Dos and do the short/long tests. If Seatools for DOS does not detect your drive then at the UBCD menu screen select Parted Magic. At the Parted Magic desktop select Disk Health. It could be called GsmartControl. Run the short and long tests. If they pass boot UBCD again and use Memtest86+ to run a memory test. Let it run for at least 6 passes and preferably overnight. 
 
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

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Just do another factory reset chances are something went wrong on the previous one

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/566955/windows-8-slow-after-doing-a-factory-reset/
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Hi, factory reset = have the PC restored to the state it was in when you bought it (as far as what's on the disk is concerned!).

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Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums

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 Windows 7 Recovery: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01867418  Also see: Creating Recovery Media > Windows 7 

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A:Factory reset of lenovo g40-30 windows 8

Hi assybertran , 
 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
 
Usual for the G40-30 model to either have a single HDD or a hybrid SSHD that holds with 8GB NAND flash memory . Physical harddrive may hold multiple drive declared as partitions. 
 
Onekey recovery feature is a full factory reset that would be able to clear and delete everything out and restore the image the way it was when receive from out of the box which is ideal to having a fresh start for users as it deletes possibilities of infecting one drive from the others.
Data back up is definitely recommended on a different storage
 
To check both for availability and integrity  running diagnostics would help.  Going to the BIOS on the same Novo menu would also show physical drives available on the unit.
About the mentioned partitions , disk management would show it. Note that OKR is a hidden partition on the harddrive (highlighted links for further reference and details) .
 
Take time to review the procedure and back up everything needed. Run appropriate diagnostics before deciding. 
 
Update us how things go for you. 
 
Regards

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What is the make and model # of your computer?
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A:Windows won't boot or do a factory reset

Originally Posted by Adam Partridge


I'm beginning to reach the end of the road with my laptop, and I'd rather get it working than get a new one, but I'm a tad bit of a noob, so please explain things clearly, thanks.

Upon my intense dissatisfaction with windows 10, I decided to switch to linux, and I therefore created another partition on my hard drive and installed linux on it. Things were fine for a while, I was using linux fulltime, and despite windows 10 still being on my laptop, I never booted into it. This remained the case for around 2-3 weeks, before I decided to switch back to Windows 10.

However, upon attempting to boot into windows 10, the bootscreen came up, but it just stayed there forever, without booting, so I held the power button to get out of it.

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Hi Adam and welcome to Tenforums.
So, is your data backed up, and you're able to perform a clean install?
You can download the current W10 install media and wipe the hard drive and reinstall from scratch. Because W10 was on there before (and activated, I assume) you will not need to enter a key if asked, and it should activate once it's installed and online.

Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums

I would choose the custom install, and delete all partitions, so you install to a completely unallocated drive.

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Are you able to get to Safemode without delay ??

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Hello I am trying to attempt a factory reset on a Windows XP Professional Dell Latitude D Unfortunately the Reset XP Issues Professional) (Windows Factory computer was previously owned by another company and has a login which I do not know the username password to The laptop does NOT have a CD drive and I am using a USB drive to attempt to fix the laptop If the factory reset does not work I will be trying to install Ubuntu I do not have a Windows disk to repair reset Factory Reset Issues (Windows XP Professional) the computer On startup without any other bootup USB drives it would allow me to access the login screen but I would not be able to get through as I do not know the password username I have already tried using Ophcrack no users would show when loaded Offline NT Password amp Registry Editor no Windows installation was found and Trinity Rescue Kit no Windows installation was found I have also tried to install Ubuntu with no success I have tried to use Crtl F F to access a System Restore which did not work during startup Dell does not have this feature on some of its older laptops not sure Key Information - Windows XP Professional - Dell Latitude D - Unknown password username - Password recovery software failed to work - Failed to install Ubuntu other programs failed to see hard drive as valid Windows installation despite loading up as Windows normally - Factory reset option unable to be reached from boot menu I will try to respond to any requests or questions as soon as I can Thanks

A:Factory Reset Issues (Windows XP Professional)

IMO call the other company for assistance, helping to defeat passwords is highly frowned upon on any legitimate site.

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So i factory reset the laptop and it didnt prompt me to set up a user or anything just loads
up and says log in as other user and i can't log in tried enabling administrator and guest accounts
With cammand prompt and that didn't work so im stumped don't know what to do. I also tried logging
In with microsoft account and that didn't work either. I called toshiba and all they would tell me
(without paying them that is) is that i can't login with microsoft account since i haven't set up an
Initial administrative account but wouldn't tell me how of course. So any suggestions or help would
Be greatly appreciated. Thank you! P.S I factory reset because of a virus so I figured I should clear
The whole thing....big mistake i guess thank you again.

A:Can't login to Windows after factory reset on laptop

A factory Reset and it does not take you through setting up a user account?? strange...

Did it go through setting up devices and such?? and where are you at when the pc is up?? Login screen??

Can you post a pic of where you are now stuck at???

You can also try holding CTRL+SHIFT+F3 that should cause the PC to reboot in Audit Mode

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A:Windows 8 Activation Failing after Factory Reset

@Maetrix?, welcome to the forum. I don't know why MS is telling you to come to HP.  The Product Key for Win 8 is embedded in the BIOS at the request of MS.  HP does not have the ability to Activate any OS.  Changing the video card shouldn't have anything to do with the problem.  However, who knows what the activation software take into consideration.  I suggest contacting MS again to see if you get a Customer Rep who will help you. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Operating-Systems-and-Recovery/Windows-8-Activation-Failing-after-Factory-Reset/td-p/5688332
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Hi, i'm new here.

So I have recently obtained an ASUS X45CP pre-installed with Windows 8

then I saw this thing at Microsoft website about windows 8.1 and I thought about upgrading

(which now I deeply regret)

After upgrading I found out that some of the device drivers are not fully supported yet (like the switchable graphics card)

So I thought of rolling back the laptop to factory settings and unfortunately windows 8.1 got that, too.

I've read various topics about that (mostly here), none of which I could follow to solve my problem.

Help?

I did not find install.wim but here is a screenshot where the boot.wim is, I believe it's an important part on this process

A:Factory Reset does not work after windows 8.1 upgrade

You're kind of hosed unless you created an 8 recovery flash/usb drive before upgrading. There is no ASUS program on your laptop for recovery? I have this on Acer:

http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/43445-factory-reset-does-not-work-after-windows-8-1-upgrade.html
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Hi,I have a HP Envy 17 laptop, it was bought with Windows 8, I updated it to Windows 10 last year.Due to progressing issues, I factory reset it, taking me back to Windows 8.After the reset (which ran smoothly), it requires me to input a new product key. I was not aware that I'd have to puchase a new one.I've attached a printscreen of the system window which states that my window is not activated.And this below is a screenshot of the details in Windows ActivationWhat can I do now? I cannot get hold of the original product key on the box.Any help will be much appreciated.

A:Windows 8 requires activation key after factory reset

I would advice you uninstall the window10 or you reset to factory setting lf you don't get activation key.

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-System-and-Recovery/Windows-8-requires-activation-key-after-factory-reset/td-p/5615534