How to Restore the EeePC to its Factory Settings

If you have somehow messed up your EeePC but still have the factory OS loaded on it, you can restore it to the original, out-of-the-box settings in under 5 minutes.

First off, make sure you have all your important data backed up to an external drive or SD card and then reboot you EeePC. Please note that any additional software that was installed will also be erased.

When the EeePC reboots press the F9 key over and over under you get to a black screen that has an option to “Restore to Factory Settings”. Select that option and wait about a minute or so and the EeePC will reboot itself.

When the EeePC reboots it will ask you to enter a username and password just like it did when you took it out of the box, and then boot to the original “easy” desktop.

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28 Responses to “How to Restore the EeePC to its Factory Settings”

  1. Ches says:

    Are there any ways to use the Verizon CDMA Data card with the Eeepc 4G Surf? I’m referring to the USB727 modem.

    If not, are there any data cards that work with the Eeepc?

    Ches

  2. admin says:

    Ches, thanks for visiting the site.

    Unfortunately I do not know the answer to this question.

  3. abi says:

    Thanks VERY much. Saved me from spending a ton of money.

  4. margot says:

    the f9 thing doesn’t work. wat can i do?

  5. wcchin says:

    after i updated the bios .i cannot now restore my eee pc using f9 what happen?

  6. scrybe says:

    It seemed to me that I couldnt get the F9 to work either, as it was starting too fast for me to hit F9 in time. So I had to go into the BIOS (F2) and disable the BootBoost (or whatever its called). After that I was able to start the restore process with F9.

  7. Dan says:

    I tired disabling the “BootBoost” and still can’t get the F9 to work. Is there another way to restore to factory sittings? I don’t have any disk as I bought this computer used.

  8. Sabrina says:

    how do i restore it, like what do i press i have no idea????

  9. mike says:

    wow, its works.
    thks so much

  10. Becca says:

    I’m having the same problem. I did disable the bootboost, and it’s still not working.

  11. jeff says:

    this computer is a piece of crap..how stupid is it to have to sit here and press teh f9 key 500 hundred times and still not have it work…i would love to throw the computer on the floor. Never worked since I bought it new. Will never go cheap again

  12. Joel says:

    Thnx. My machine works fine now.

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  14. Jack says:

    use f8 instead of f9

  15. Jack says:

    I was advised to use f8

  16. rhenz says:

    i tried to dis abled the boot booster.. f9 does’nt work for me… i tried hit f9 faster and slower, holding and etc…

    i have cd and i’d copied the files on 8gig usb storage…. how can i restore using usb storage device?

  17. Roly says:

    This worked for my 1215N:

    1. Turn on computer

    2. Boot (Tab) > Disable Boot Booster (Follow instructions on the right of the blue
    screen on how to change it)

    3. Exit (Tab) > Exit Saving Changes

    4. [Asus Grey Screen] > Press F9

    5. Recovery > Accept.

  18. TenYearOldTechGuy says:

    i tried to dis abled the boot booster.. f9 does’nt work for me… i tried hit f9 faster and slower, holding and etc…

    ***This is what I did. When windows reboots press F2, then when you’ve been taken into that specific settings menu, in addition to disabling the boot booster, enable the “onboard Lan” option. Then save the settings then quit. The computer will then reboot once again.. And this is where you continuously will press F9. You should be good from there.

  19. George says:

    I have an ASUS Eee pc 1000H notebook and i am unable to get access to the internet thru lan or wireless. On checking thru my Device Manager i notice all of the following in need of repair: Network Adapters….802.11n Wireless LAN Card, 802.11, 802.11n Wireless LAN Card – Packet Scheduler Miniport, Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Network Adapter-Packet Scheduler Miniport, Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCI-E Ethernet Controller, Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCi-E Ethernet-Packet Scheduler Miniport, Bluetooth LAN Access Server Driver – Packet Scheduler Miniport, Direct Parallel, WAN Miniport (IP), WAN Miniport 9IP) – Packet Scheduler Miniport, WAN Miniport (L2TP), WAN Miniport (PPPOE) and lastly WAN Miniport (PPTP).

    When i look at properties for all of those it tells me ” Windows cannot load the device for this hardware. The drivers may be corrupt or missing (code 39).

    As i cannot get on to the net i am stuck and when i tried to reload to factory settings it doesnt appear as though the os is on drive d as f9 doesnt do anything and f8 doesnt have restore option and drive d is virtually empty.

    Please help if you can,

    Regards

    George

  20. Zed says:

    the first thing i see when pressing the power button (from totally shut-down) is the ‘windows loading’ screen… running XP from factory.
    i used to see a screen with the ‘press F2′ thing at the bottom… it also says ‘press TAB to see post bios messages’. i think that’s a problem with what i’m having… but i can’t seem to see that screen… the few times it seems to work, it loads too fast for me to press F9.
    most times, i see a cursor flash in the top left, then windows loads…
    any help would be apreciated…

  21. Zed says:

    disabled boot booster, activated the lan… but nothing… i’m using a 904HD and something is massivley FUBAR in it’s system… i can’t alter things like user privelages, power or even open NOTEPAD!
    i’m getting kinda desperate with this poor lill ol thing…

  22. Ndidika says:

    I went through disabling the Bootbooster and enabling the the OnBoard Boot RAM and F9 isn’t working. A
    ny more suggestions?

  23. Ndidika says:

    I went through disabling the Bootbooster and enabling the the OnBoard Boot RAM and F9 isn’t working. Any more suggestions?

  24. tyler says:

    i have a eee 701Sd and cant reboot it help!?

  25. Alex says:

    I recently had a virus, which I think wiped everything, it won’t boot. Is it possible to restore the factory default without booting the system?

  26. Jessie says:

    TenYearOldTechGuy says:
    July 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    i tried to dis abled the boot booster.. f9 does’nt work for me… i tried hit f9 faster and slower, holding and etc…

    ***This is what I did. When windows reboots press F2, then when you’ve been taken into that specific settings menu, in addition to disabling the boot booster, enable the “onboard Lan” option. Then save the settings then quit. The computer will then reboot once again.. And this is where you continuously will press F9. You should be good from there.

    Thank you, Thank you TENYEAROLDTECHGUY–THIS WORKED!!!!!

  27. Blake says:

    Instead of turning the computer off from the menu, press and hold the power button till it shuts off. Thats how i got the boot menu to pop up. Then press the F2 and disable the bootbooster. Then it will restart and then you do the F9 command and reboot it

  28. rillim says:

    In BIOS, set to default settings and then the F9 key will work to get you to the factory restore.

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