Windows Security Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 3.00, by Dr. Herong Yang
Windows 7: Recovery Option 3 - Factory Reset
This section provides a tutorial example on how to apply the factory reset on Windows 7 system. Factory reset processes are defined differently by individual computer manufactures.
If your system gets infected by a malicious software you have tried for hours to remove it without success, you should consider to take a Windows 7 recovery option.
You should first try the "Restore Point" and "System Image" options described in previous tutorials. If that does not solve the problem, you should consider "Factory Reset" as the last option. Applying a "Factory Reset" will wipe out the current system, application programs and personal documents. So you should backup any files that are important to you.
1. If the current system is still running, copy all files from hard disk drive C: to an external hard disk. This backup is needed to restore your personal documents after the system recovery is done.
2. Shut down and turn off your computer.
3. Press the function key defined by the manufacture to start factory reset while boot the computer.
For example, the function key to start factory reset for my ThinkPad computer is the "F11". The factory reset process is called "Product Recovery program".
4. Follow the instruction to finish the factory reset process.
5. Restore personal documents from the backup.
Last update: 2013.
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