HP Desktop Hard Reset Factory Reset Windows 11

In this article, I will discuss how to perform a hard reset or factory reset on an HP desktop running Windows 11.

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Using Windows Settings and Recovery Environment for Factory Reset

HP desktop settings and recovery environment

To perform a hard reset factory reset on your HP desktop running Windows 11, you can utilize the Windows Settings and Recovery Environment. To access this, click on the Start menu, then select Settings. In the Settings window, go to Update & Security and then Recovery. From here, click on the Get started button under Reset this PC.

You will then have the option to either keep your files or remove everything. If you choose to remove everything, your computer will be restored to its factory settings. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. It is important to note that this will erase all personal files and applications, so make sure to back up any important data beforehand.

In cases where Windows is not functioning properly, you can access the Recovery Environment by restarting your computer and pressing the designated key (often F11 or F12) to enter the recovery mode. From here, you can navigate the options to reset your PC.

Performing a factory reset can help resolve issues such as malware infections or system errors. It is a useful troubleshooting step for when other methods, such as System Restore or antivirus software, have not been successful in resolving the issue.

Updated: April 2024

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Performing System Reset via HP System Recovery

Performing a system reset on your HP desktop using HP System Recovery is a straightforward process. First, ensure you have backed up any important data as this process will erase all files and applications on your computer.

To initiate the system reset, press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type ‘recovery‘ and hit Enter. This will open the HP Recovery Manager.

From the Recovery Manager, select ‘System Recovery‘ and follow the on-screen instructions to reset your system to its factory settings. This will reinstall Windows 11 and restore your computer to its original state.

During the reset process, your computer may restart multiple times. Allow the process to complete without interruption to avoid any issues with the reset.

Once the system reset is complete, you can begin the setup process by following the on-screen prompts.

Backing Up Data Before Performing a Factory Reset

  • Important: Back up all your important files and data before proceeding
  • Save any personal documents, photos, videos, and other data to an external drive
  • Make sure to sync any important information from apps or programs to a cloud service
  • Export any browser bookmarks or passwords to keep them safe
  • Transfer any software licenses or activation keys for programs you want to reinstall


How do I hard reset my HP computer?

To hard reset your HP computer, start by disconnecting all nonessential peripheral devices. Next, with the AC adapter unplugged, hold down the power button for about 15 seconds. Reconnect the AC adapter and power on the computer.

How do I hard reset my desktop computer?

To hard reset your desktop computer, navigate to Start > Settings > System > Recovery. Then click on Reset this PC and choose the option to reset your computer.

How do I factory reset my HP locked desktop?

To factory reset your HP locked desktop, you will need to turn off the computer, then press the power button and wait for the HP logo to appear. Once the HP logo appears, press F11 repeatedly until the Advanced Boot Options appears. From there, select Troubleshoot and then Reset this PC.

How do I factory reset my desktop computer without logging in?

To factory reset your desktop computer without logging in, you can press and hold the SHIFT key while issuing a restart command in the login screen. Then select the “Troubleshoot” option from the “Choose an option” window and choose “Reset this PC.”

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