How to Reset My Toshiba Satellite to Factory Default Without the CD

by Tyson Cliffton

A heavily-used notebook computer can quickly become unusably slow due to viruses and system errors. If your Toshiba Satellite laptop develops serious problems, you can reset it to its factory default settings. This process erases everything on your Toshiba Satellite: you'll have to reinstall all your programs and reload your music, videos and photos back onto the notebook. You don't need a Toshiba recovery CD to reset your laptop, and the process typically takes less than two hours.

Step 1

Turn on your Toshiba Satellite. Click "Start" in the lower-left corner of the Windows 7 desktop, then right-click "Computer." Select "Properties." The "Properties" dialog box will appear. Make a note of your Windows version, which will be either 32-bit or 64-bit. This appears next to "System Type" in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.

Step 2

Close the "Properties" dialog box and shut down your Toshiba Satellite. Hold down the "0" key on the keyboard, then press the "Power" button to turn on the notebook. If a screen appears asking you to select a Windows 7 version, choose the appropriate version and click "OK." If not, continue holding down the "0" key and allow the notebook to continue booting up.

Step 3

Release the "0" key when the warning screen appears. Click "Yes" to start the Toshiba Recovery Wizard.

Step 4

Select "Recovery of Factory Default Software" from the list of options, then click "Next." The "Recovery of Factory Default Software" dialog box will open.

Step 5

Click "Recover to out-of-box state," then click "Next." A final warning that resetting your Toshiba Satellite to factory default will erase all of your data will appear. Click "Next" to initiate the recovery. The Satellite will display a confirmation message when the recovery process is complete. Press any key to restart the notebook. The Toshiba Satellite will boot up to the Windows 7 setup screen, which will let you begin setting up and personalizing Windows.

Tip

  • Back up all of your personal files to external media before resetting your Toshiba Satellite notebook to factory default. You can move these files back onto your Toshiba Satellite after the recovery process.

About the Author

Tyson Cliffton has been writing professionally since 2001. His work has been published at thealestle.com and KMOX.com. Cliffton earned a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in management and leadership from Webster University.