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How to reset computer?


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I'd really like to go back to the factory default. Could anyone tell me a way without having to format my hard drive?
(I have HP, Windows XP)

Thanks in advance.
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What do you mean by factory default?

If you mean that you want to go into the BIOS and reset the parameters to the factory defualt settings, that's easy enough to do.

Reboot...go to DEL key just at the end of the first screen and before it disappears, and tap on it

When the BIOS pop up appears open any one of the tabs and you will see at the bottom what you are looking for...do each tab that has the choice ...save all when exiting and reboot.
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You could always do a Repair Install.
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Factory default as in erasing the hard drive and making my computer the way it was when I first bought it.
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Just pop in your sytem restore disk and follow the directions.
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I'd really like to go back to the factory default. Could anyone tell me a way without having to format my hard drive?

Factory default as in erasing the hard drive and making my computer the way it was when I first bought it.

A reformat and an "erase" of the hard drive are kinda the same thing. Set your system to boot from cd and follow the prompts. Make sure all of the data you want to keep is backed up, including address books, favorite bookmarks, and downloaded programs. If you don't know your product key, use Belarc to find it. Johanna
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can someone help me i forgot my log in password to get in the administrator account and i want to reset the computer and delete everything how can i do that all i have open is guest but i want to just reset the whole computer i need help asap i have widows xp
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can someone help me i forgot my log in password to get in the administrator account and i want to reset the computer and delete everything how can i do that all i have open is guest but i want to just reset the whole computer i need help asap i have widows xp

Hi latiesha lashea parsons, welcome to Geeks to Go! Please start a new thread asking how to do this. You might also want to write up a bit more information so that someone can help you better - things like make/model of computer, if you have recovery discs or an XP disc etc...
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There is no need for a new thread!!!

He has already received help. Without a password, all thats needed, as already explained, is to put the recovery CD in and follow the instructions.
All data needs to be backed up, unless they do not want it. If the comp has a recovery partition, he can recover from there, which would take it back to factory defaults. (the way it was purchased)
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