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.
- 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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