This article will run through the most basic process for resetting your computer to its default state. Note that the procedure for resetting your device to its factory default varies slightly by model.
How To Restore Your Computer to Its Factory Settings
Before beginning the restoration process, it is crucial that all of your important data be backed up on an external hard drive, or on a cloud storage service. All personal data (documents, photos, music) will be deleted during the recovery process.
Windows 8.1: Reset to Factory Settings
Windows 8.1 has a built-in feature that enables you to quickly and easily reset your computer to its factory default. To begin, open the Charms bar, and click on Settings > Change PC settings > Update and Recovery:
Under the Recovery section, you will see two options: Refresh your PC without affecting your files and Remove everything and reinstall Windows. The latter option will completely reset your computer, deleting files and any personal information you have saved:
Once you select your option, you computer will begin its restoration process.
Reset According to the Computer Brand
The links below will provide you with information on the restoration process for other computer brands: