How To Factory Reset Toshiba Laptop in 7 Steps

If you are wondering how to factory reset a Toshiba laptop then you have come to the right place.

Eventually all laptops will run into problems, and factory resetting them can be a good solution without taking it in for repair.

You can easily reset your Toshiba laptop to factory settings with some simple steps that I will outline below. Make sure to backup your data via an external storage device or cloud storage before factory resetting.

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How to Factory Reset Toshiba Laptop Windows 10

Here are the steps required to factory reset your Toshiba laptop. Make sure to backup before doing this method.

  1. Plug your laptop into a power source.
  2. Click on start
  3. Press and hold the shift key
  4. Press restart and continue to hold the shift key
  5. Select troubleshoot from the menu
  6. Click on Reset This PC and press Next
  7. Click fully clean the drive and do not close your laptop while in process.

Alternatively you can choose to keep your files, this will be a shorter factory reset and less in depth. However, I recommend backing up your files and doing a full reset to get the best results performance wise.

How to Factory reset Toshiba laptop for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 7

Backup all of your data prior to doing this, to make sure nothing is lost in the process.

  1. Shutdown your laptop and remove any other connected devices.
  2. Plug your laptop into a power source.
  3. Turn on your laptop while holding down the 0 key. Keep holding it down until you see a new screen appear.
  4. In the “system recovery options” window, select your operating system from the list then press “Next”
  5. Choose an option from the list. I recommend “Recovery of Factory Default Software”. Press “Next” then finish the wizard.
  6. Wait until the process is complete and do not shutdown the laptop

Alternatively you can choose to keep your files, this will be a shorter factory reset and less in depth. However, I recommend backing up your files and doing a full reset to get the best results performance wise.

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There are two types of factory reset options that you can choose from in Windows.

  • System Restore: This option will restore your system back to a saved backup state. Often times your laptop will not have a saved backup state unless you have enabled this feature yourself.
  • System Refresh: A system refresh is what you are looking for if you want to factory reset. This will wipe all your drivers and files from your laptop.

How to factory reset toshiba Windows XP satellite laptop

Toshiba is a well established brand so there are very old laptops in their manufacturing line. So this method is for you if you have one of these old laptops.

To factory reset an old Toshiba satellite laptop do the following:

  • Backup any important files and data that you don’t want to be erased during the process.
  • Unplug any external devices connected to your laptop
  • Plug in your laptop into a power source so it doesn’t run out of battery while resetting.
  • Hold down the 0 button and press the power on button at the same time.
  • After you hear a long beep, Windows is now in troubleshoot mode.
  • Press “Yes” on the warning screen
  • Select “Recovery of Factory Default Software” and press “Next.”
  • Keep selecting “Next” until you complete the wizard and wait for the laptop to factory reset.

How to Factory reset Toshiba laptop Windows 8 Without password 

There are ways that you can factory reset your Toshiba laptop without having a password. Keep in mind that you may lose any files and data that is on the laptop if you don’t have access to login.

To factory reset your Toshiba laptop on windows 8 without a password do the following:

  • Switch off your laptop, remove any uncecessary devices and plug it into a power source.
  • Press the “Power on” button whilst pressing the F12 key repeatedly until you see the troubleshooting screen.
  • Use the arrow keys to navigate. Press “Yes” to get to the next screen.
  • Choose your keyboard layout
  • Select troubleshoot from the menu
  • Click on Reset This PC and press Next
  • Click fully clean the drive and do not close your laptop while in process.

Toshiba Recovery Disks and Drives

Toshiba provides recovery USB drives that you can use to fix a lot of Windows problems.

These USB drives have to be purchased and they support Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.

Some Toshiba laptops come with a recovery disc. If you have one then you can insert it into your laptop and go through the recovery process that way.

Backup Your Data Before You Reset

A factory reset will completely wipe all of your hard drives and solid state drives on your MSI laptop. This means that any data that you have not backed up externally will be lost.

The easiest ways to backup your data before a factory reset are:

  • Using cloud software like google drive to store your files.
  • Using an external hard drive. (this will take some time to transfer files over)

Google offers 15GB of free storage space and dropbox offers 2GB of free storage space in the cloud. Now 15GB is not that much, so you might want to consider getting an external hard drive which price around $50 and can store up to 1000GB of data.

Cloud storage is a lot more reliable at storing your data compared to a physical drive because a physical drive can have ports that break and the files would be unretrievable.

What does a factory reset do?

Factory resetting your Toshiba laptop will remove all files on the storage drives, any device drivers you have installed and revert the system settings back to the settings that existed when you first got your laptop.

Sometimes factory resetting your Toshiba laptop can even remove all of the bloatware and extra files that come with the operating system upon purchasing.

This can be done by doing a factory reset in an alternative way which includes partitioning the hard drives.

Factory resetting a laptop is usually a good option when the laptop is running slow due to overuse or too many files. It will give you a clean slate to start on and can improve your FPS in video games.

Another benefit to factory resetting your Toshiba laptop is that it can fix any driver issues or bugs that you may encounter.

Why should i factory reset my toshiba laptop?

I think everyone can benefit from factory resetting their Toshiba laptop.

Toshiba is known for making some good laptops with good build quality. However, most laptops are faulty in the long run and will eventually begin to die after a few years.

If you have any software bugs with your Toshiba laptop, it may be easier for you to try and resolve the problem yourself then to take it up with their customer support.

Conclusion

Factory resetting your Toshiba laptop is necessary sometimes. The process is very simple and it will allow your laptop to run much more smoothly than it would be otherwise.

Toshiba laptops can come with a lot of bloatware, so factory resetting it is a surefire way to making sure you can get the most out of your laptop’s performance.

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Grayson
Grayson is a laptop specialist who writes informational articles and reviews about all kinds of laptops.