November 28, 2013

How to Factory Reset Windows 8 without Password

When you forgot Windows 8 logon or admin password, reset Windows to factory settings could be one choice. Or when you prepare to sell your Windows 8 computer to others, and want to delete personal data on computer, factory reset Windows 8 is also a good method, with which you can install the drive where Windows is installed or all drives. So you don’t need to worry about computer data leakage after computer is sent to others.

If you still have privileges to access Windows 8 computer, factory reset would be not a hard thing. But now without any administrator or password, it would be difficult. Therefore, we are going to talk about this here, how to factory reset Windows 8 without password.

Let's reset Windows 8 password without disk and administrator first. And then insert your Windows 8 installation DVD into computer optical drive. If you don’t have one, find an ISO file and burn it into CD-ROM as installation disc.

Step 1: Start Windows 8 computer and turn to Metro Control Panel from Start screen. In the left pane of Control Panel, choose General and there are two options listed on the right pane.

factory reset Windows 8
  • Refresh your PC:
    The Refresh your PC option will allow you to revert the system back to its default configuration, the way it was when it came from the factory. However, here, you won’t lose your personal pictures, videos, music, files, and any personalization that you’d have done.
  • Reset your PC:
    Reset your PC, is more like a complete Windows 8 reinstallation, removing everything that you might have had – apps, personalization, files and all – and bringing your machine to a completely fresh state.

Now we should choose Reset your PC.

Step 2: Click on Get started button below the Reset your PC to begin factory reset.

Step 3: A new window pops up and prompts you with a message "Your personal files and apps will be removed and Your PC settings will be restored to their defaults". Click on Next button to continue.

Step 4: And then Windows will ask "Do you want to remove all files from all drives". Now we should choose "Only the drive where Windows is installed", because we don’t want to delete all files from drives (partition). And we just want to reset Windows 8 to original settings.

Step 5: Next, there is still a message prompting you."This will permanently remove your personal files and apps from your PC and restore all settings to their defaults. Your PC will restart. This will take a few minutes"

Just click "Reset" button on the right bottom corner of window to automatically reboot your PC.

Step 6: When Windows 8 reboots, you will see "Preparing your PC" and "Reset your PC" messages in the screen. Few minutes later, all your documents, apps and other settings will be removed after restoring Windows 8 to factory settings.

Once completed, you have to enter Windows product key in the screen and click Next to continue. At last, you will see license agreement screen, tick the option "I accept the license terms for using Windows" and click Accept button to login into Windows 8.  

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