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How to Factory Reset Samsung Laptop (1-Minute Tutorial)

Do you own a problematic Samsung Laptop that won’t run properly? Do you want to reset it to factory settings?

Congratulations! You’ve landed on the right page.

In this little guide, I will show you how to factory reset Samsung Laptop in just a few steps.

Samsung Laptops come pre-installed with the Samsung Recovery Solution application in their laptop to help you Restore and Backup your laptop.

However, in this guide; I will show you how to restore Samsung Laptop to Factory Settings with Samsung Recovery Software, and also with Windows built-in reset function that comes with Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

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If you use older Windows OS like Windows 7 or Windows Vista, then the process is little different, and you would be required to format your PC because the OS doesn’t come with reset option.

However, you could still download Samsung Recovery Solution software and follow the below process.

I’ve explained the procedure in 3 different processes. One is about How to Factory Reset Samsung Laptop with Samsung Recovery SolutionWindows 10 and Windows 8/8.1 respectively.

Hence, without wasting much time, let’s jump onto the real tutorial.

Are you ready?

Let’s get started!

How to Factory Reset Samsung Laptop using Samsung Recovery Solution

Before you follow this process, make sure to backup your important data that you wouldn’t want to get lost in the process, or if things to go haywire.

In our process of Samsung Laptop factory reset, we are going to do a ‘Complete Restore’ that formats your entire C: Drive and deletes all the files and software while keeping data in other drives intact.

However, it’s still advisable to backup your important data either on an external hard drive or Google Drive.

Before you follow the below steps, make sure your laptop is connected to its charger.

Step 1: Power up your Samsung laptop and press the F4 button as soon as it starts

Step 2: If done right, you’ll see a screen that displays ‘Samsung Recovery Solution 5 [EMS Enabled]’ within few seconds.

Step 3: Press Enter and within a minute your Samsung Laptop will open ‘Samsung Recovery Solution’ application

Step 4: There you will see 3 big boxes with options for Restore, Backup and System Software. Click on Restore

Samsung Recovery Solution to do Samsung Laptop factory reset

Step 5: Inside Restore, click on Complete Restore

Step 6: In the next screen, select ‘Computer Initial Status’ and click Next (This option will reset your laptop to the day you bought it)

Step 7: Press OK, if prompted to ‘Start Restore’

Step 8: Your Samsung Laptop will take around 15-45 minutes to do a Complete Restore depending on your Laptop specs and installed applications. Your laptop will reboot multiple times during the process

Once the process is done, press OK when prompted to ‘Restart PC.’

This completes our process on How to Reset a Samsung Notebook Back to Factory Settings using Samsung Recovery Solution.

In case your Samsung Laptop didn’t boot with Samsung Recovery Solution, or you had issues with the above procedure, then you can download Samsung Recovery Solution by clicking this link, install it on your laptop and follow the above process from Step 3.

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Now let’s move on to other procedures where we will factory reset Samsung Laptop in Windows 10.

How to Factory Reset Samsung Laptop in Windows 10

The steps to factory reset Samsung laptops in Windows 10 are very simple and straightforward, but they are entirely different from Windows 8/8.1, hence the requirement for creating separate processes for both OS.

Just make sure to plug your laptop to its charger.

Make sure to back up any important files and data from C: Drive because we are going to wipe the entire C: drive partition in this procedure

Step 1: Click the Start button and open Settings

Step 2: Click on Update & Security

Step 3: Click on Recovery on the left sidebar

How to Reset Samsung Laptop with Recovery and Reset PC

Step 4: Once clicked, you’ll see Reset this PC option on top, click on ‘Get Started’ button below it

Step 5: A popup will be displayed with two options: ‘Keep my files’ and ‘Remove Everything’. Click on ‘Remove Everything’

Step 6: Another popup will be displayed with two options: ‘Just remove my files’ and ‘Remove files and clean the drive’. Click on ‘Just remove my files,’ as this option will format your C: drive whereas the other option will wipe your entire hard drive and all partitions in it

Step 7: If you had recently upgraded your laptop from Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10 S Mode to Windows 10, then a Warning message will be displayed, click on ‘Next’

Step 8: Again a popup will be displayed for final confirmation to Reset the laptop, click on ‘Reset’ button

The reset process will take place, and your laptop will restart a few times to complete the Reset process.

Once reset is complete, you’ll be asked to setup Windows 10 like a brand new laptop, and this completes our process on how to hard reset Samsung laptop in Windows 10.

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If you use Windows 8 or 8.1, then jump onto the next procedure.

How to Factory Reset Samsung Laptop in Windows 8/8.1

Step 1: Move your cursor to the top-right or bottom-right corner of your screen to display the Charms bar and click on Settings

Step 2: New sidebar will open, at the bottom of it, click on ‘Change PC Settings’

Step 3: PC Settings window will open, at the bottom of the left sidebar, click on ‘Update and Recovery’

Step 4: After that click on Recovery in the left sidebar

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Step 5: You’ll see 3 options on the right side, under Remove Everything and Reinstall Windows click on the ‘Get Started’ button

Step 6: New window will open that shows what will happen if you reset your PC, click on Next.

Step 7: In this step click on ‘Just remove my files’ which will hard reset your entire C: drive

Step 8: Again a popup will appear to reconfirm if you want to reset your PC. Click on ‘Reset’, and the reset process will continue

This completes our procedure on how to factory reset Samsung Laptop in Windows 8/8.1

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Will it take to Reset my Samsung Laptop?

Depending on your laptop configuration, it may take around 5-15 minutes to complete the entire reset procedure.

A modern laptop with powerful hardware will result in quicker reset time.

Can I reset my Samsung Laptop without Losing Files?

If you follow any of the 3 steps mentioned above, you won’t lose files and data from drives other than the C: Drive.

However, Windows 10 has the option to reset your Samsung Laptop without removing any personal files from C: Drive.

Though it is recommended to reset the entire C: Drive to have the full effect of reset.

I am not able to follow the above steps correctly. What should I do?

If you’re not able to follow the tutorial above. I suggest you watch the video tutorial below.

If you still have issues to reset your Samsung Laptop, I would be more than happy to help personally. Just leave a comment below.

Can I use this tutorial on laptops from other brands?

You can use the 2nd and 3rd method on laptops from any brand. However, the first method is reserved for Samsung Laptops only.

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I hope this article was able to help your question of ‘How to Restore Samsung Laptop to Factory Settings?’

If it did, then please let me know in the comment section about your experience.

Moreover, if you faced any issue or are not able to follow these steps, then make sure to let me know your issues in the comment section below.

I will try to help you as quick as possible.

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3 thoughts on “How to Factory Reset Samsung Laptop (1-Minute Tutorial)”

  1. Jelmer Scheltes

    I have a series 5 laptop NP535U3C
    Original with Windows 8 upgraded to Windows 10.
    Witch suddenly has problems with the start-up.
    I managed once to come into windows to try to run a virus program .
    It turns of and now I’ve got only the Samsung logo and it’s not going further.
    I can access the BIOS but that brings nothing. Running Windows manager didn’t bring a solution as well.
    I try to reset my computer to the defaults when I bought the computer but this don’t work. The screen goes with F4 from the Samsung logo to a black screen.
    What else can I do..?
    Thanks for your help here.

    Kind regards

  2. Anis Shahira bt Saadon

    After i click get started, it says that some files are missing, your window installation or recovery media will provide these files. How should i get the files?

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