How to Factory Reset My HP Laptop: Step by Step Guide

Who doesn’t love laptops? This portable productivity device can get things done in an instant wherever you go. However, bugs, glitches, and any other laptop woes are just around the corner.

And what better way to get rid of it is by factory resetting the laptop itself if you are left with no other choice. Any laptop can experience these technological complications, and an HP laptop is not an exception. HP laptops are great. They provide a great, or not better laptop experience that puts its competitors to shame. But keep in mind that Windows 10 can be buggy sometimes. That’s why some people still opt on using Windows 7 as their preferred OS of choice.

But keep in mind that Microsoft already pulled the plug for Windows 7 just recently. Which means that you won’t get updates on that version anymore, forcing you to upgrade to Windows 10 and suffer from its buggy mess. However, it’s not always the OS’ fault.

Aside from blaming the OS, you should also blame yourself as well. Maybe you downloaded malicious software or unreliable apps full of viruses, just to name a few. Doing so makes your HP laptop slow and atrocious to use. 

If you are looking for a way on how to reset your HP laptop, then you have come to the right place. Listed below are two methods on factory resetting your HP laptop easily that even people with less IT knowledge can do it in a matter of minutes. With that said, let’s have a look at these short guides below.

Method #1 – Factory reset via Windows Settings

This one is probably the easiest way to reset your HP laptop because of its familiarity. This is because it works the same way as you would reset your Android phone or iPhone.

You don’t need extra tools or software when doing this reset method.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click on the Start Menu, select the gear icon on the left side above the shutdown icon.
  2. A new window will pop up, taking you to Windows Settings. Scroll down and click on the “Update & Security” section.
  3. Click on “Recovery.”
  4. On the recovery page, and under the “Reset this PC” section, select “Get Started.”
  5. Windows will guide you throughout the factory resetting process. Follow the instructions to avoid damaging your HP laptop and corrupting its files.
  6. If your HP laptop has more than one hard drive, it will give you an option to clean both hard drives or only the one where all of Windows’ system files are installed. Ideally, if you have backed up your files safely using an external drive or USB pen drive, you can opt to reset all hard drives.
  7. For the final step, Windows will offer a full drive clean up after removing the files on your drive. This option will make the resetting process much time-consuming but you will be assured that all your drives are cleaned up and restored back to its original state. Alternatively, you can also opt for the “Just remove the files” option instead if you don’t feel like waiting for a few hours or so.
  8. Windows will now reset your HP laptop back to your factory settings. Keep in mind that the process may take a significant amount of hours depending on the specs of your laptop and its contents.

Method #2 – Using Windows Recovery

For this one, you need to have a Windows recovery disc. This recovery disc is included on the package when you bought Windows 10.

But if you don’t have one, Microsoft has a short guide on their website how you can create your own recovery tool via USB drive or disc.

Keep in mind that you only need to opt for this method if your HP laptop doesn’t get past the boot up screen. If it does, you can follow method #1 above instead.

So here’s how it goes:

  1. Insert your Windows recovery disc/USB drive.
  2. As soon as you turn on your laptop, repeatedly click F11 until the Windows recovery options show up on the screen.
  3. Click on the “Troubleshoot” icon.
  4. Select the “Reset this PC” option.
  5. Just like the first method, you will be given two options to go with. Either keep your files after the reset, or remove everything and start anew. If you already backed up your files somewhere such as an external hard drive, USB pen drive, or cloud storage, then feel free to select the “Remove Everything” option. This will erase all files on entirely without a trace. This option is also ideal if you have a lot of files that are infected by viruses.
  6. Similarly, Windows will offer the option to clean up your drives after removing its files as well. We already explained this in the first method. Feel free to opt for one depending on your preferred choice.
  7. And now you’re done! Windows will now begin the resetting process. Just sit back, relax, and let Microsoft do its thing. Remember, it will take some hours before the factory reset is done. This also depends on the specs of your laptop and its contents as well.


Keeping our HP laptop at its peak performance isn’t hard as long as you avoid downloading malicious files that are bombarded with viruses and malware. All we need is just to be careful on what we do online.

Don’t believe in anything you see. That free game, for example, might be tempting to download, but you need to identify its source first if it is reliable or not.

As long as you are careful inside the digital world, you will never stumble upon this article today. But nonetheless, we hope this short guide will make your HP laptop get back on track. 

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn herself is a reviewer who loves to read and write so much that she turned down her job offer of co-writing an autobiography to focus on journalism instead. Marilyn also loves to travel and make new friends while living in different places. She enjoys playing with gadgets as well, which is why she believes everyone should own at least one laptop.