How to Restore ASUS Laptop to Factory Settings Without Disc

ASUS has become one of the world’s biggest brands in laptop. They’ve consistently improved over the years going head to head with the titans in the laptop industry. Today, ASUS laptops are considered to be one of the most durable and affordable pieces of mobile computing equipment in the world.

Most ASUS laptops run with the Windows operating system platform. Though users are not prohibited to run other operating systems, such as Linux, Chrome, SkyOS, FreeBSD, etc., on an ASUS laptop, the majority are still using the Windows OS.

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When it comes down to resetting an ASUS laptop to factory defaults due to system issues, degraded performance, low storage, recurring crashes, virus, and malware infection, both ASUS and Windows make it more convenient to do just that. Most especially when you don’t have an ASUS disc with you.

The traditional way of resetting a laptop into factory defaults is by formatting the hard drive, using the laptop’s install discs to go through the setup, which also includes the whole operating system reinstall through the use of an OS install disc or an install file saved in a flash drive or USB storage device. That whole process becomes painful when the disc and/or the USB device doesn’t have the correct operating system in it. Worse, you won’t be able to even initiate the reinstall if you don’t have the disc.

Today, we’re going to go through two methods of resetting an ASUS laptop to factory default settings. This means restoring the ASUS laptop to the point when you first got it – with the operating system installed and all the other software and applications that came with it.

Restore ASUS laptop to factory default settings in Windows 10

Most ASUS laptops you can buy today come with Windows 10 installed. If you have an ASUS laptop that runs on Windows 10 OS that you want to restore to factory default settings, follow the steps below.

  1. Back up all your files, games, software, and other applications to an external hard drive storage or to a cloud storage. You can sign up to any cloud storage providers, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon Cloud, etc. This is important and critical because when you do a factory reset, it will delete everything on your computer and wipe it clean. If you’re unable to log in to your ASUS laptop anymore to perform a backup, you may need to visit a local computer shop that has a backup specialist to pull all the files in your hard drive.
  2. Once you’re done backing up your files and any other important software, plug the power on the ASUS laptop and make sure it’s connected to the power outlet.
  3. Turn on the laptop and log in to the Windows desktop.
  4. Navigate to the bottom leftmost corner of the screen and click on the Start button (the Windows icon).
  5. Click on the Settings option on the ribbon’s leftmost pane. This should take you to the Settings window.
  6. Find Update & Security in the options under the Settings window and click on it. This should take you to the Update & Security page.
  7. At the left column of the page, click Recovery, and then click on the Get Started button under the Reset this PC option located at the right column. This should take you to a blue-screen, which is the Windows recovery environment.
  8. At the “Choose an option” window, click the option “Restore factory settings” to move to the next window.
  9. At the “Your PC has more than one drive” window, click the option that says, “All drives” to move to the next window.
  10. Click “Remove files and clean the drive” to wipe out all the files in your hard drive.
  11. Click “Restore” at the “Ready to restore” window to start the restore process.

The restore process will take a while and will likely restart the ASUS laptop automatically as part of the process. At the end of the process, you’ll be asked to log in to your Windows desktop as if you’re logging in for the first time. This whole process should erase everything out of the laptop and revert it back to when you first received the laptop.

This is all possible because ASUS has integrated a recovery partition in their ASUS laptops to be able to restore it much more easily without the need for restore/install discs. If you encounter an error during the restore process, say at about 50%, and an error pops up that says, “An error occurred and caused a recovery failure”, or a similar error message, this could potentially mean that the recovery partition is damaged. You may want to take your ASUS laptop back to the nearest service center to have it diagnosed and repaired.

The quickest way to restore ASUS laptop to factory default settings

There’s also a quicker way to restore an ASUS laptop to factory default settings without going through the steps above. This method is using ASUS’ quick recovery method without the need to log in to Windows.

This is extremely convenient, especially when you’re no longer able to log in to your Windows desktop. This whole process also only takes about five minutes to complete. Make sure you have backed up all your files before you do this. Below are the steps.

  1. Restart your ASUS laptop and keep pressing F9 as soon as it powers on or while it is booting up. Doing this should take you to ASUS’ boot screen.
  2. In the boot screen, choose the option, “Recover Windows to Entire HD” and press the Enter or Return key.
  3. Press the “Y” key on the keyboard to confirm the restore when asked if you are sure to restore the laptop to factory defaults. The process will take place and restore the laptop to factory settings. The laptop will then shut down automatically and restart.
  4. When the ASUS restarts back, you’ll be prompted to accept the license agreement, click on the Approve option.
  5. Select your language under the “Language preference” option.
  6. Enter your name into the open field, and then click the Next button.
  7. Enter your password twice on the password fields, and then click the Next button.
  8. Enter the date and the time zone on the date and time zone fields, and then click the Next button.
  9. Select the Finish button on the last screen. This will then reboot the ASUS laptop and take you to the starting Windows desktop login screen.

Conclusion

These two methods of resetting the ASUS laptop to factory default settings are much faster and convenient compared to the traditional method of formatting the hard drive, inserting the install/setup discs into the CD-drive, and then going through the tedious operating system reinstall process. Thanks to ASUS’ recovery partition and Windows’ more improved recovery process.