reset xp home edition to factory settings how?

By ffxiplayer ยท 10 replies
Mar 5, 2006
  1. can anyone give me the steps to reset windows xp home edition to factory settings? ^^;;
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    A little more info would help.

    What is it you want to reset?

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Sounds to me like you need to run your recovery disks and format everything back to default status. Just put in your disks and go.

    :wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
  4. ffxiplayer

    ffxiplayer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i have a windows xp home edition installation disk
    ive read somewhere that there is a file that lets you restore
    your OS back to factory settings but did not expain if anyone knows how to do this can you explain

    in xp proffesional u just restore bfore bootup but that option was removed
    from home edition and made a hidden option on installation disks

    not sure if i have recovery disk i downloaded windows installation disk from
    a network
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    What do you mean?

    If you are using a pirated copy of Windows. you won`t get any help here.

    Techspot does not condone piracy.
  6. ffxiplayer

    ffxiplayer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    do you guys know what to do to reset xp home edition to default? from installation disks?
  7. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    do you mean repairing windows (setting it how it was before you updated drivers/programs etc, but leaves all your data intact ->desktop, program files, etc..), usualy used when something catastrophic comes into play, or a full reformat which wipes out everything, data included?

    if its the above from the manufacturer or a legit win CD then stick it in the drive and it will do most of the work for you..

    or something else??
  8. ffxiplayer

    ffxiplayer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    factory settings meaning no files ive installed exactly what was given to me when i first installed it...and as ive mentioned >< windos xp home edition doesnt do this for you such as proffesional, there is something you must do before this action can take place. has anyone ever read or set home edition back to factory settings if so how and can you post it. thats all i want :(
    and ive repaired it and it just keep the files and data ive installed on drive so want to wipe it and set it to factory settings i just need the steps help me out
  9. ffxiplayer

    ffxiplayer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you i figured it out^^ up and running!
  10. herrgesell

    herrgesell TS Rookie

    I have the recovery CD XP Home and I agree there is not a way to reset to factory settings, it saves my settings and I need to reset, how?
  11. b2bomber81

    b2bomber81 TS Rookie Posts: 52

    Most PC's sold within the last couple of years have a recovery utility built in that allows you to revert the system back to manufacturer settings - that means wiping the drive(s) and reinstalling the default software that was included with the system.

    If this is what you are trying to do, check your Start menu. For Gateway, it's called the Gateway Recovery Center. Other manufacturers will call it something similiar. You may also have the option at boot-up to start a recovery utility.
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