There are three sure-fire methods you can reset your Lenovo laptop to factory settings without any password. The first one is resetting the laptop right on startup using the advanced startup options (particularly on Windows 10).
The second method involves using a Windows setup or repair disk that enables you to easily bypass the password and other requirements and get to the “Reset this PC” screen without any hassle. And the third one implies utilizing the Lenovo Onekey Recovery feature – the NOVO button.
The last method could perhaps be applicable on some selected laptops only i.e. ThinkPads, IdeaPads, and some Yoga laptops, etc., as not all Lenovo machines come with the NOVO button.
However, Confirm One Thing Before We Go Any Further!
First of all, let me know what issue you are actually facing? Why, literally, did you happen to ask how to factory reset Lenovo laptop without password?
- Is your laptop showing unusual performance setbacks, BSOD, or other issues, and meanwhile, you forgot your login password as well? Or let’s say the laptop isn’t accepting the pin even.
If yes, there’s no need to tax your brain to remember the password or think about how to fix the issue(s). You can fix such a situation via the above-mentioned methods and easily perform a factory reset even without putting the password or logging in.
- Or there’s no such issue with your laptop/PC and you want to reset it just because you’ve forgotten your password? And you don’t know how to regain control of your system?
If this’s the case, here’s a pro tip for you. There is no need to perform any factory reset and pointlessly lose all your data. All you need to do in such a scenario is somehow crack/burn/remove the password which is most often done only by using a quality password recovery tool/software.
Well, for now, let’s move on to the main body of the article and then step by step explore all these things at all the needed length.
How to Factory Reset Lenovo Laptop Without Password?
So here are all the possible and promising methods how you can completely reset your Lenovo laptop without having to remember and put the password.
#1. Factory Resetting Lenovo Laptop On Startup – Particularly for Windows 10/8.1/8
For those using Windows 10, 8.1, or 8, and whose laptops boot normally to their first screens (i.e. the login interface), here is how to factory reset Lenovo laptop Windows 10/8 without password on startup:
- Navigate to the power button icon on the bottom right-most corner of your login screen > press and hold the Shift key on keyboard > tap on the power icon > and click on Restart from the drop-down.
- You’ll get to a Choose an option (Advanced startup options) screen.
- Select Troubleshoot.
- Click on Reset this PC next and the approaching window will prompt you to these two options: Keep my files or Remove everything.
- Select Keep my files if you want your files, folders, etc. to stay there and are resetting the system just because of a corrupt application or some update issues, etc. However, select Remove everything if you want to have a complete restore.
- Follow the on-screen prompts, and on the upcoming Reset this PC interface you’ll further see two options: Just remove my files and Remove everything/Fully clean the drive.
- Read the subtitled explanations with both the options and select the one you deem appropriate.
- Finally, you’ll be on the Ready to reset this PC screen. Tap Reset and it’s done.
In some cases, if your laptop asks you to put the recovery key to get going with the process, you can get it by signing into your (or the device’s owner’s) Microsoft account. Go to aka.ms/myrecoverykey, and you’ll get the recovery key there.
Note though, if your laptop doesn’t boot up properly and you can’t even get to your first/login screen, proceed to the next method. Alone and only that (repair/setup disk) method can then get you to the desired (PC resetting) menu so that you can do the hard reset.
How to Factory Reset Lenovo Laptop Windows 7 Without Password?
If you are on Windows 7, you can factory reset your Lenovo laptop via the Advanced Boot Options menu here as well. But accessing that menu is a bit complicated here. So let’s see how to do that:
- Start (or Restart) your Lenovo laptop and rapidly and repetitively press the F8 key as soon as the boot-up starts.
- Release the key when you see the Advanced Boot Options menu showing up.
- Over there, navigate down to the Repair Your Computer option and press Enter.
- The approaching window will read as System Recovery Options. Set the language and select your keyboard’s layout there and click Next.
- After that, you’ll be asked for your username and password. So sign in with your administrative rights and tap OK.
- Look for the Reset your PC in the list that comes next, click on the Restore button, and follow the on-screen prompts to reset your laptop to factory default state.
For Windows 8 users: Although the “Advanced Startup Options” screen is usually approached the same as is done in Windows 10 i.e. pressing and holding Shift and tapping Restart from the power button icon on the login screen. But if that method doesn’t work for you, you can try the Windows 7 method. It will hopefully work for you.
Or go with the next (setup/repair disk) technique because that’s gonna be an ideal approach to follow regardless of what Windows is installed on your laptop.
#2. Factory Reset Lenovo Laptop Using Setup Disk (or Repair Disk)
Discussed above is, without doubt, the easiest method you can perform a complete system restore on your laptop without a password.
But most of those who have tried that approach complained that you are still at one stage asked to pick your user account and enter the password first to get to the system reset interface.
So in such a scenario where you’ve completely forgotten your password, using a Windows “Setup Disk” or “Repair Disk” sets up to be the only potential solution. It allows you to easily sidestep the password requirement as well and have the reset favors.
So here’s how to factory reset Lenovo laptop without password using a repair disk:
- Connect your setup/repair device to your laptop and let the laptop boot from it.
- In case it’s unable to boot via the “repair disk”, press F12 (or Fn+F12) multiple times to open the Windows Boot Manager/Boot selection menu.
Or you can do this by toggling your PC’s UEFI firmware settings. For that, immediately press the F1 (if not, F2) key multiple times as soon as you turn ON the laptop (or when the Lenovo logo appears) to get to your BIOS settings. Over there, change the booting process to be done from an external device, click on Use a device and you can then select the repair device there.
- Select the external device you want to boot from on the screen and press Enter.
- As soon as the laptop/PC boots up from the repair device, you’ll see a Windows setup (installation) screen showing up.
- Click the Next button down there, and select Repair your computer after that to arrive at the Choose an option screen.
Now the upcoming steps are what you’ve already been through in the previous method. So just like we did there, follow the same steps i.e. select Troubleshoot next > Reset this PC > and go the same way all along till the end.
If you don’t have a repair/recovery disk, you can also use the Windows installation disk to reset the laptop without any password, etc.
#3. Perform Hard Reset On Your Lenovo Laptop Using OneKey Recovery
Some of Lenovo’s stretches, for example, ThinkPad, IdeaPad, and YOGA series feature a NOVO button preloaded with OneKey system reset and recovery software on their laptops.
It’s located either on one of the two sides of the laptop or somewhere alongside the power button on the top and is denoted by an Inverted-U-shaped Arrow. The NOVO key enables you to access your BIOS menu and perform several different functions. So if you want to factory reset your Lenovo laptop without the password via OneKey recovery, here’s how to do that:
- Turn your laptop OFF if it’s already ON. Make sure you’re plugged in so that issues like battery drain, etc. don’t create mess later on.
- Find out where the NOVO button is located on your laptop and press the button for like 5 odd seconds (use a slim, sharp tool to prick the NOVO hole and press it).
- You’ll immediately see the Novo Button Menu on your laptop’s screen.
- Navigate down to System Recovery in that menu and press Enter.
- In the next window, select Restore from initial backup and click Next.
- Finally, click on the Start button and tap Yes to the message that pops up to start the resetting process.
Once done with the 6th step, wait for the process to complete (it may take long), and then follow the on-screen prompts to reconfigure your device from scratch.
Cracking/Removing/Resetting Your Forgotten Windows Password is a Wiser Approach than Doing a Factory Default Restore
As already mentioned in the intro section, factory resetting a laptop means washing every single thing out of it. While it’s recommended if you’re planning to sell your laptop or waste it, straight away doing a hard reset is not the best approach even if there’re issues with your laptop.
And it’s never recommended if you are doing it just because you’ve forgotten your login pin because you’d this way unnecessarily lose all your data. So the ideal way is to crack or reset your password and regain control of your machine (then do if anything further is needed).
How to Remove/Reset a Forgotten Windows Password Using a Password Recovery Tool?
Well, there are oodles of free and paid professional password reset software available online. For now, I’m gonna take you up with one of the most authentic software for the purpose i.e. PassFab 4WinKey. One of the so many reasons why I picked it is that PassFab is compatible with all Windows versions ranging from Windows 10 back to XP and Windows Vista as well.
So let’s check out how it works.
- The first step is, obviously, to download and install the software on some other laptop or PC you have the access to.
- Connect what’s available (i.e. USB/CD/DVD) to the computer and launch the software.
- Now select your (the plugged in) boot media in the software and click Next. Tap Next for the upcoming prompt popup, and finally, click the Burn button. Eject the device when the burning process finishes.
- After that, plug this newly created password reset disk into your locked Lenovo laptop and boot it from this device.
- When the laptop starts booting, rapidly press F12 multiple times to enter the Windows Boot Manager (aka Boot selection menu).
- Select your reset disk (the inserted device you want to boot from) from the list there, press Enter, and exit BIOS.
- Restart your laptop again, and as soon as it boots up, the software will automatically launch on your display having all the “Windows versions”, “User accounts”, and other details.
- Choose your Windows OS first > click Next > and then select the (perverted) user account you want to remove/reset the password of.
- In Step 2 there in the software, select the appropriate option i.e. remove account password or reset it.
- If you want to reset the password, select this option, and click Next.
- You’ll be soon asked to enter your new password > type the new password > and click Reset.
- Finally, click on the Reboot button to restart your laptop.
You’ll now be able to sign in and operate the laptop using the newly created password. So if there’s any need to do the system reset, you can at least back up your critical data now and thus perform the process with a bit higher surety.
Regarding how to factory reset your laptop when you’ve got in, follow: go to settings (press Windows + I both at once) > Update & Security > Recovery (from the left pane) > Reset this PC > Get started. For what comes further and what to do next, refer to method 1 above.
How do I Reset my Lenovo computer to factory settings without a password?
With Lenovo laptops, there is a unique “reset button”, known as the Novo button, that can be held down for a couple of seconds to reset your laptop, allowing you to perform a “restore from initial backup” from the recovery menu.
To reset your Lenovo laptop, press the reset button located beneath the back panel for a few seconds.
Final Thoughts on How to Factory Reset Lenovo Laptop Without Password
In conclusion, I’d again say that although there are two definite methods you can do the hard reset without any need to remember and put down your login pin, nevertheless try going for the password recovery method before anything else.
I always recommend this and not the other two methods because what’s wise in senselessly losing all your data? But it’s still wholly up to you what method you follow. Go, learn all the methods in detail above, and let me later know in the comments if the job went exactly as you wished.