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How to Reset HP Laptop to Factory Settings without Password

"I bought one used HP laptop with Windows 10. I want to restore it to factory settings, but it is password protected. I have no clue what the password is. How can I restore HP laptop to factory settings without password? "

There are several options to reset HP laptop to factory defaults, such as using a recovery disc, or using the HP Recovery Manager. To perform the restore, you might be asked for a Windows administrator password. Now the problem is, if you don’t know the password or if you have forgotten the password, how can you go on the HP laptop factory reset? Here in this post I will show you how to factory reset HP laptop Windows 10 without password. You have two options.


Tips:

  • Before you start to restore HP laptop to factory settings, make sure the keyboard, mouse, and power supply are connected to the laptop.
  • Newer HP laptops usually do not come with recovery discs, so I will perform the factory reset with the HP Recovery Manager.
  • The HP Recovery Manager screens can vary from model to model, but they are broadly similar.

Option 1: Factory reset HP laptop after Windows 10 password is removed

You can first remove the admin password, so that you can sign in to Windows 10 without password and then perform HP laptop factory reset. Steps are as follows.

Step 1: Remove Windows 10 password

1) On any working Windows-based computer, install and run Windows Password Refixer.

2) Burn the Windows Password Refixer to one USB flash drive to create a password reset disk.

3) Connect the USB drive to the password protected HP laptop and set the laptop to boot from the USB drive.

4) Remove the admin account password by the Reset Password button.

Click Reset Password

5) Click Reboot and disconnect the USB drive to restart the laptop for the changes to take effect.

6) After laptop starts, you can sign in to Windows 10 without password.

Step 2: Restore HP laptop to factory settings without password

Now password is not required to perform HP laptop factory reset.

1) Start typing recovery manager in Windows 10 Search box, and then click HP Recovery Manager from the search results.

If you are prompted with a User Account Control dialog, click Yes to confirm that.

2) After the HP Recovery Manager opens, click Windows Recovery Environment from the Help section on the left pane.

Select Windows Recovery Environment

3) Click OK, so the system will reboot into the Windows Recovery Environment.

Click OK

4) After the Choose an option screen appears, click Troubleshoot.

5) Click Recovery Manager.

6) Select Recover without backing up your files, and click Next.

7) Click Next to continue.

8) Wait while the Recovery Manager is preparing for system recovery.

9) From here, simply follow any on-screen instructions to finish the HP laptop factory reset. The laptop may restart several times during the process.

Option 2: Reset HP laptop to factory settings without logging in

Password won’t be required if you perform HP laptop factory reset without logging in to Windows 10. Steps are as follows.

Step 1: Disconnect all connected devices and cables.

Step 2: Turn on or restart the HP laptop and repeatedly press the F11 key until the Choose an option screen is displayed.

Step 3: On the Choose an option screen, click Troubleshoot.

Step 4: Click Recovery Manager.

Step 5: Click System Recovery from the Help section on the left pane.

Click System Recovery

Step 6: When Recovery Manager prompts you to back up your files, select a backup option, or select Recover without backing up your files option if you don’t want to back up your personal files, and then click Next.

Step 7: From here, simply follow the on-screen instructions to finish the HP laptop factory reset. This process can take 30 to 50 minutes, and the laptop can restart several times during the process.

Conclusion: The above are the two ways you can reset a password protected HP laptop to factory settings without password. Choose any way that is easy for you to achieve.