How to factory reset Gateway laptop: Windows 10, Windows 7

How to factory reset Gateway laptop: Windows 10, Windows 7

Read on to find out how to reset your Gateway computer to its factory settings.

What do you need to know before you start?

Always remember to create a backup of your data before resetting your computer to factory settings, no matter the model. Also, don't forget to put your laptop to charge, as the process may take a while.

How do you reset a Gateway computer to factory settings on Windows XP?

For laptops under Windows XP, you can use the Gateway System Recovery:

  • Restart your computer.
  • When the Gateway logo appears, press the F8 key - you may have to do this several times.
  • From there, select Repair your computer
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.

How do you reset a Gateway computer to factory settings on Windows Vista?

This option restarts the computer and restores it to the factory installation of Windows using Gateway Recovery Management.

  • 1. From the Windows Vista default Start menu, click All Programs >Gateway > Gateway Recovery Management
  • 2. In the Gateway Recovery Management window, click Restore and then Restore system to factory default
  • 3. In the Confirm Restoration dialog box, select Yes, and then click Start

Note: You will be prompted to enter your password if a password was set

  • 4. In the Confirm Restoration dialog box, click OK
  • 5. The computer will restart and Windows will load the files.
  • 6. The Please wait a moment screen is displayed
  • 7. In the Restore from factory default dialog box, click Next
  • 8. In the Destination Disk Information dialog box, click Next
  • 9. In the Notice dialog box, click OK
  • 10. The hard drive partition will be created
  • 11. The factory default installation will be copied to the hard drive
  • 12. In the Finished dialog box, click OK
  • 13. The Please wait a moment screen will be displayed and then the computer will restart
  • 14. Windows will prepare to start for the first time - this may take a few minutes
  • 15. Windows will continue setting up the computer before restarting.
  • 16. In the Setup Windows screen, click Next
  • 17. In the Please read the license terms screen, select 'I accept the license terms for each item and then click Next.
  • 18. In the Choose a user name and picture screen, enter the appropriate information and click Next
  • 19. In the Type a computer name and choose a desktop background screen, enter the appropriate information and click Next
  • 20. In the Help protect Windows automatically screen, click Use recommended settings
  • 21. In the Review your time and date settings screen, select the appropriate settings, and then click Next
  • 22. In the Select your computer's current location screen, click the appropriate option
  • 23. In the Thank You screen, click Start
  • 24. Windows checks the computer's performance. Depending on your hardware, this process could take up to 15 minutes to complete
  • 25. Windows prepares the desktop
  • 26. The Gateway Recovery Management is installed
  • 27. The installation is now complete

If this doesn't work, you can try following the same instructions as for Windows XP.

How do you reset a Gateway computer to factory settings on Windows 7 (without password)?

If your computer is under Windows 7, then you can follow the same instructions as for Windows Vista or Windows XP. You can also try these steps:

  • Restart your computer.
  • Press Alt + F10 when the Gateway logo appears - you may have to do this several times.
  • From the Recovery manager select Completely Restore System to Factory Defaults.
  • Don't forget that by confirming, you will lose all your data. If you don't want to lose your data, select Restore Operating System and Retain User Data
  • You can now create a new account and start using your device. 

How do you reset a Gateway computer to factory settings on Windows 8?

There are many ways that you can factory reset your Gateway laptop under Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1):

System Recovery Tool:

  • Go to Start.
  • Select All Programs.
  • Click Gateway Recovery Center.
  • Select System Recovery

Troubleshoot:

  • Start your laptop.
  • Press the Shift key.
  • Click the Power button. From there, select Start.
  • Click Troubleshoot.
  • Now, choose Reset your PC.
  • From there, select Just remove my files. Select Reset.

Windows Safe Mode:

  • Restart your computer and press F8 when the Gateway logo appears. You may need to press it several times.
  • Next, select Restore computer.
  • You can now follow the on-screen instructions. 

How do you reset a Gateway computer to factory settings on Windows 10?

You can try the same solutions as for Windows 8. 

How do I reset my Gateway laptop without a password?

If you want to reset your Gateway laptop to factory settings without a password, then you can follow the Troubleshoot instructions from the Windows 8 section of the present article.

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