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Hello everyone,

I recently sold a Netbook computer on Ebay (Asus Eee PC 1018PB 10.1 Netbook) and want to reset it to the factory setting (i.e. when the user boots on the netbook, he has to run through the setup, create his account, set it up, etc.) before sending it off. Can anyone guide me in the right steps in order to do this? Thanks
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You should either have a restore disc or a repair on boot with the netbook. As if you didn't get a repair disc they have a hidden partition. You hit a "f9 key to start it and it will redo it and return it just like the day you bought it. Same way if you have the restore disk, put it in and run it.

Here is a link to help you.
http://lionpress.wordpress.com/2008/04/26/eeepc-how-to-restore-to-factory-settings/
Code:
1) During boot-up press F9 continuously up and down

2) In Black Screen select Factory Restore and enter

3) Agree with prompt and type in “YES” and then hit enter

4) Press Enter to reboot

Word of Caution: This wipes everything on the machine – but once I did it the Machine worked perfectly again

Edited by KILLER_K - 2/12/11 at 6:53pm
post #3 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KILLER_K;12365458 
You should either have a restore disc or a repair on boot with the netbook. As if you didn't get a repair disc they have a hidden partition. You hit a "f9 key to start it and it will redo it and return it just like the day you bought it. Same way if you have the restore disk, put it in and run it.

Here is a link to help you.
http://lionpress.wordpress.com/2008/04/26/eeepc-how-to-restore-to-factory-settings/
Code:
1) During boot-up press F9 continuously up and down

2) In Black Screen select Factory Restore and enter

3) Agree with prompt and type in “YES” and then hit enter

4) Press Enter to reboot

Word of Caution: This wipes everything on the machine – but once I did it the Machine worked perfectly again
And that wont leave any sign of the info that was on the laptop prior to the Restore? Just want to make sure.
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Correct, Everything will be wiped clean off of the drive. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by KILLER_K;12366308 
Correct, Everything will be wiped clean off of the drive. Good luck.

Thanks very much smile.gif
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I'm sorry, when I hit f9, what comes up is:

Windows Boot Manager

Choose an operating system to start, etc., etc.

And the only option available is Windows 7

Where do I go from here?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by im_not_an_artard;12377639 
I'm sorry, when I hit f9, what comes up is:

Windows Boot Manager

Choose an operating system to start, etc., etc.

And the only option available is Windows 7

Where do I go from here?

Did you possibly delete the recovery partition?

Also, see attached image.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by K10;12377839 
Did you possibly delete the recovery partition?

Also, see attached image.

After running through the menus several times I managed to get to the screen in your attached image. Now to find a USB large enough to back it up...
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Originally Posted by im_not_an_artard;12378011 
After running through the menus several times I managed to get to the screen in your attached image. Now to find a USB large enough to back it up...

back what up?
post #10 of 11
The only way to truly get all of the information off the drive is to use Darik's Boot And Nuke.

http://www.dban.org/

because while it may sound silly if there person wants to go though a lot of hassle they can recover files.
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