How to Do a Factory Reset on a Dell Laptop

Is your Dell laptop showing signs of slowing down? Do you experience constant crashes even when doing the most simple tasks such as browsing through the internet? If you answered yes to both questions, then it might be high time for you to factory reset your laptop.

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In this article, we will teach you how to do a factory reset on a Dell laptop. We will also tackle the different signs that tell you that you need to do a factory reset on your computer. Doing a factory reset is a severe task because it wipes out all the data on your computer. Failure to correctly do a reset without prior background and knowledge can lead to accidental loss of valuable data. With this, it always pays to do some research, especially if you are not well versed about the technicalities of the process. So without further ado, let us start.

When to Do a Factory Reset

As we mentioned above, doing a factory reset is not a simple feat as it erases all the data on your laptop. If you experience several recurring problems on your computer, you might be well convinced to buy a new laptop. While this is a wise and proper decision, doing so is just impractical. Moreover, it is always more practical to think about simple solutions to address these problems. One of the most effective means is by doing a factory reset. With this at hand, what are the different signs that indicate the need for a factory reset?

1. Slowing Down

The first time you got hold of your laptop, you were immediately amazed by how fast it was. The bootup time was lightning fast, and you did not experience any lags. However, over time, the laptop receives some wear and tear causing it to slow down in the process.

The first thing you will notice is the slow loading of pages when browsing the internet. Also, you will also see that the laptop no longer multitasks efficiently. Cruising through one program to another will take a considerable amount of time, on top of that, you may experience constant lags and crashes. To remedy this, you might need to do a factory reset.

2. Out of Space

One of the specific scenarios you may observe on your laptop overtime is the fact that you will be running out of space. You can continuously clear the recycle bin and delete unnecessary files. However, after doing this, you may see only a small reduction in space usage. One of the most common culprits of this is the cache or data left by several programs that are not easily removed. You can always buy a new hard drive, but you might want to try doing a factory reset first.

3. Constant Damage

Another visible sign is the fact that you need to have your laptop fixed continuously. Each computer has its lifespan. However, if your computer hasn’t reached its breaking point and you are already doing regular visits to the laptop repair shop, then there might be something wrong.

The type and severity of damage may vary. Nevertheless, if you continuously experience problems that need to be fixed on your laptop, then you should consider doing a factory reset.

4. Weird Noises

Every laptop has its own set of moving components. These include hard drives, fans, and other hardware. Over time, the computer can experience some fatigue which may affect these hardware components. If you hear weird noises on your laptop, then you might want to consider doing a factory reset.

How to do a Factory Reset

Now that we already laid out the different signs that indicate the need for a factory reset let us now discuss the various steps needed for a factory reset on a Dell laptop.

Backup Files

A Factory reset will wipe out all the data on your laptop. With this, you should always do a backup before doing the factory reset.

To back up your files, you need to navigate through the control panel and look for the folders that you need to save. After doing this, copy and paste these folders to an external hard drive or any storage service or device you have. Make sure that you successfully copied and pasted all the necessary data.

Factory Reset

After doing the backup process, you can then proceed to the factory reset process. The first step is to remove any external hardware connected to the dell laptop such as a mouse, external drive or printers. On your menu bar, click on the search button and enter reset. This will direct you to the system settings found in the control panel. Once you get there, click on “Reset this PC” to start the reset process.  The process will take a couple of minutes.

Click on the “Restart Now” option which is found under the advanced settings. Doing this will show you a window with several setting options. In here, click on Troubleshoot and then click the Factory Image Restore. This will direct you to a series of permissions that you need to accept. Proceed with each of these permissions until the laptop finishes rebooting. This will last a couple of minutes depending on the unit and the amount of data to be restored.

At this point, you already have successfully done the factory resetting process, and your Dell laptop is restored to its default settings as when you first got the computer.

It is worth noting though that these steps are only applicable to Dell laptops that come with the Windows 10 Operating system. Older OS may require a slightly different process when doing a factory reset.

Push Button Wipe

The steps we mentioned above might be too tedious and lengthy for some. Thankfully, there is an alternative to this. You can do a factory reset by using the push button wipe.

To do this, go to the reset this pc on the control panel and then click on “Get Started.” Once there, click on “Remove Everything.” This will present you with the option to delete a portion of the data or the entire drive. After clicking on Ok, it will proceed with the preferred reset option to give you a restored ride.