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How to Reset Dell Laptop to Factory Settings without Administrator Password

"I was asked for an administrator password while doing a factory reset on my Dell laptop. But I’ve forgotten the password. How can I reset Dell laptop to factory settings without administrator password?"

Actually, an administrator password is required only while doing a factory reset on laptop based on Windows 7/Vista. For Windows 8/8.1, you can do it even without any password. Now here we show how to reset Dell laptop to factory settings without administrator password, whether your laptop is based on Windows 7/Vista/8/8.1.

Tips:

1. A factory reset will return a Dell laptop to its original state when you bought it. So make sure you have backed up all of your important personal files.
2. Plug your laptop into the AC adapter, just to make sure it doesn’t run out of battery while going through the reset process.

How to reset Dell laptop to factory settings without administrator password


Part 1: Reset Windows 7/Vista Dell laptop to factory settings without admin password

Step 1: Remove administrator password before factory reset

1. On another PC, download and install Windows Password Refixer. Launch this software and burn it into a USB drive to create a boot USB for Windows password reset.
2. Connect the boot disk into your Dell laptop. Start/Restart it and set laptop to boot from USB drive.
3. Once laptop boots up, you can reset password to blank.

Step 2: Reset Dell laptop to factory settings without administrator password

1. Start or restart Dell laptop. Once Dell logo appears, instantly and continuously press F8 until you enter Advanced Boot Options. Select Repair your Computer.

2. Select your Keyboard input method, and click on Next.

Select keyboard input method

3. Choose your administrator account. As the password has been removed, just leave the password blank. And click on OK.

Leave password filed blank

4. When you access to System Repair option, choose "Dell DataSafe Reduction and Emergency Backup".

5. Choose “Other system backup and more options”, and click on “Next”.

6. Choose “Restore My Computer” and click on “Next”.

7. Select the right factory image, and then click on Next to start to reset system to factory settings. Restart is required when system restore is completed successfully.

Part 2: Reset Windows 8/8.1 Dell laptop to factory settings without administrator password

You can factory reset a Windows 8 computer/laptop within system or without system. Here we imagine you are unable to log into to system without password and explain how you can reset Dell laptop to factory settings in such a case.

Step 1. On Windows 8 sign-in screen, click on the Power button. Press and hold the Shift key while clicking Restart.

Step 2. When your Dell laptop boots up into Windows 8, you can get three options at the start screen: “Continue” to your desktop, “Troubleshoot”, and “Turn off your PC”. Select Troubleshoot option to bring up the next screen.

Troubleshoot

Step 3. Select Reset Your PC. Click on Next on the following menus until your Dell laptop goes ahead and completes a factory reset.

Tips:

1. In addition, you also can firstly remove Windows 8 password, and then login into system to do a factory reset on your Dell laptop.
2. In the whole process of factory reset on Windows 8 Dell laptop, you can go through without administrator password required.