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How to Factory Reset a Lenovo Laptop

This article explains how to factory reset a Lenovo laptop running on Windows 10.


This article explains how to factory reset a Lenovo laptop running on Windows 10.

We all love the stylish and quality laptops Lenovo produces, but what would you do if it is attacked by viruses, Windows is unable to start, gets black/blue screen, or you forgot its password? These unexpected issues can ruin your mood and efforts.

When this happens, you can do nothing with your machine, unless reinstall the system or hard reset your PC to factory settings.

Lenovo offers two options for factory resetting your device: You can keep your files or remove them.

How to Reset Your Lenovo Laptop While Saving Files

If you have a Lenovo IdeaPad or ThinkPad laptop, you may have the option of using the NOVO button to enter the Lenovo OneKey Recovery mode to factory reset your device. Instead of a button, your laptop may have a recovery button pinhole that you activate with a paper clip.

  • From the Start menu, go to Settings > Update & Security.
  • Choose Recovery and under Reset this PC, select Get Started.
  • Choose Keep my files to save your documents.
  • You’ll see a message saying This won’t take long as the system readies your machine for a reset.
  • Next, you’ll be prompted to review the changes, including removing all apps you’ve added, resetting the machine to system defaults, and reinstalling Windows.
  • Click Reset to confirm and start the process.
  • Factory resetting your Lenovo laptop may take a long time. To ensure it goes smoothly, keep your laptop is plugged into a power source.

Even if you choose the reset option that preserves your files, it’s best to first back up your files manually just in case something goes wrong.

If you also forgot the administrator password, and don’t know how to reset your Lenovo laptop to factory settings without password, we’ve got you covered.

How to Reset Lenovo Laptop to Factory Settings Without Password

Check your Lenovo laptop to see if there is a Recovery key on it. It is often on the right/left side of your laptop or the top of your keyboard that next to the Power button. If you have found the Recovery Key, go on to the steps below to restore your Lenovo laptop.

  • Power off your Lenovo laptop. If you can’t turn off it normally, you can take out of the battery, and then connect it again.
  • Connect the power source to your Lenovo laptop, press on the NOVO key (Recovery key) for 5 seconds.
  • When the Novo Button Menu pops up, press down (↓) arrow key to select “System Recovery” option, and then press “Enter” to get into the recovery environment.
  • On the OneKey Recovery mode, select “Restore from initial backup”, and then click on Next.
  • Click on “Start”, and click on “Yes” when the prompt message pups up, to begin the restoration process.
  • Wait for the system recovery process to complete, and then follow the on-screen instructions to configure your Lenovo laptop Windows settings.

If there is no Onekey Recovery on your Lenovo laptop, or you have clean installed the system on your laptop and cleared the system drive, and the Recovery file is removed or destroyed, this method would not work for you.

How to Perform a Hard Reset and Remove Files

If you’ll be donating your laptop or you want to fix nagging issues with a clean slate, try a hard reset to wipe the machine of everything and sets it to zero.

  • From the Windows Start menu, choose Settings > Update & Security > Recovery.
  • Under Reset this PC, select Get Started > Removing everything.
  • If you’ll be keeping your PC, choose Just remove my files.

This option is the faster of the two, but it’s potentially less secure if you’ll be giving your laptop away. You may want to opt for the longer but more thorough option to remove all files and clean the drive.

If you are donating your laptop or prefer to perform a more detailed reset, choose Remove everything > Remove files and clean the drive to delete all apps and custom settings.

If you choose this route, there’s no way to walk it back. This choice resets your device to its original factory settings, which means the process will remove all applications and files.

Whichever option you select, once you’re ready to begin, click Reset.

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