Sony Vaio Factory Reset

Sony Xperia XA Ultra hard reset or reset device

Sony Vaio Factory Reset

If the mobile phone stops responding or restarts correctly, then to correct the situation, you may need to perform a forced reboot or a full reset to the factory settings of the Sony Xperia XA. At the same time, all personal data, settings, program parameters, files and other changes made throughout the entire life of the device are lost without the possibility of recovery.

Therefore, if you want to save valuable data, then before the Sony Xperia XA hard reset procedure, you should create a backup archive on an external media or synchronize with special cloud services such as Google Drive or Dropbox. To do this, in the menu, you need to select the section for creating backups and restoring. You can use XperiaCompanion to reset the settings on a device that does not turn on.

Restore with XperiaCompanion

If restarts and other recovery methods do not help the stability of the smartphone, then you can make repairs using Xperia software. The program must be installed on a computer, then connect the smartphone using a USB cable. Launch the XperiaCompanion program, and click on the Software Recovery item, which will be immediately on the main screen of the application. Next, follow the instructions that will appear on the screen

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Sony Xperia XA hard reset

Remember, a low battery charge can interrupt the reset procedure, so make sure that the percentage of charge is at least 60. Or you can connect a charger during the procedure. First we turn off the smartphone.

  • Press and hold the sound rocker to increase the volume, at the same time press the power button
  • We release the buttons after opening the menu. In it we tap on the reboot point, and the device will reboot.
  • We do this a second time, and select forced shutdown in the menu.
  • If the menu is not shown, then continue to hold the buttons. The smartphone will respond with three vibrations and turn off automatically.

After that, we proceed to the reset procedure, do not interrupt it in order to avoid data loss and damage to the device at a low program level. This option is suitable for work phones that still turn on normally.

  • We pass from the initial working screen of the smartphone to the settings
  • Next, tap the item backup
  • We go to the general reset, we agree to reset the settings
  • We agree to erase all data. After a few seconds, the smartphone will reboot with clean settings.

If you updated the Android OS version by air or with a file, then Sony Xperia XA hard reset will not return the earlier version. The last installed Android will remain on the smartphone.

How to reset your laptop to factory condition: Sony VAIO

With this article, I continue a series of materials devoted to restoring laptops to factory state from the recovery section. As the name implies, it will focus on Sony VAIO laptops.

It’s a shame, but I rarely come across Sony VAIO laptops. In this regard, I was never able to write a manual for restoring models running under the Windows 7 operating system. Several of these computers came to me, but that was even before I started writing a series of articles about restoring laptops from different manufacturers.

Therefore, in this example we will use one of the laptops with the Windows 8 operating system.

However, the basic principles are the same, so before starting the recovery procedure, be sure to read the article How to return a laptop to factory condition: introduction, as this guide assumes that you clearly understand what you are doing and have taken all the necessary precautions. Otherwise, you risk irrevocably losing your personal data and even disable your computer.

To start the recovery procedure on Sony VAIO computers, use the dedicated Assist button located on the computer case. You can use it both from under the running operating system, and on a turned off computer.

We will consider the second option, since it allows you to restore the laptop to its factory state, even in the case when the operating system no longer boots.

Pressing the Assist button will load VAIO Care. In its menu, select the item System Recovery or Maintenance.

The VAIO logo appears on the screen and the download starts.

Soon we will be asked to choose a keyboard layout. Choosing what we need.

In the next menu, click on the Diagnostics item.

Then Revert to original state.

We will be warned that our data will be deleted and the computer settings will be reset. Since this is exactly what we need, click Next.

Now we need to select our operating system. Here, I think, everything is clear.

Then we select the option to clean up the disk. I need a full disk cleanup, although this method takes significantly longer.

Finally, everything is ready. Click Return to its original state.

The display returns to the VAIO logo. Below you will see information about the level of recovery readiness from the corresponding section. Now you can leave the computer alone and go about your business, as the procedure is not quick. Especially if you chose the option with a full disk cleanup.

An indication that your Sony VAIO has successfully returned to factory state will be a prompt to select the operating system interface language.

How to reset Windows 10 or auto reinstall OS

Learn how to reset Windows 10 to factory settings, reset, roll back, or otherwise automatically reinstall Windows 10 on a computer or laptop. This has become easier than in Windows 7 and even in 8, due to the fact that the way of storing the image for resetting in the system has changed and in most cases you do not need a disk or flash drive in order to perform the described procedure. If for some reason everything described does not work, you can simply perform a clean installation of Windows 10.

Resetting Windows 10 to its original state can come in handy in cases where the system has begun to malfunction or does not even start, and you cannot perform a recovery (on this topic: Windows 10 Recovery) in another way. In this case, reinstalling the OS in this way is possible while saving your personal files (but without saving programs). Also, at the end of the instructions, you will find, in which the description is shown clearly. Note: A description of problems and errors when rolling back Windows 10 to its original state, as well as possible solutions, are described in the last section of this article.

Update: in the latest versions of Windows 10, additional methods of system reset have appeared, including removing all programs preinstalled by the manufacturer of the computer or laptop; Automatic clean installation of Windows 10, Restoring Windows 10 from the cloud.

Automatic clean install of Windows 10 using Refresh Windows Tool

In the latest versions of Windows 10, a new Startup feature (formerly called the Refresh Windows Tool) has appeared in the recovery options, which allows you to perform an automatic clean installation or reinstallation of Windows 10 while preserving the files, but removing the manufacturer’s pre-installed programs. Using it allows you to reset when the first method does not work and reports errors.

In the recovery options, at the bottom under Advanced recovery options, click on Learn how to start over from a clean install of Windows.

  • You will be prompted to go to the corresponding page in the Windows 10 Security Center, click Yes.
  • Click the Get Started button under New Start.
  • Check out what exactly Start Over is and if you agree, click Next.
  • Wait for the Windows 10 factory reset to complete.
  • Upon completion of the process (which can take a long time and depends on the performance of the computer, the selected parameters and the amount of personal data when saving), you will receive a completely reinstalled and functional Windows 10. After logging in, I recommend that you also press the WinR keys, type cleanmgr, press Enter, and then click on the Clear system files button.

    When you clean up your hard drive, you will most likely be able to delete up to 20 GB of data left over from the system reinstallation process.

    Reset Windows 10 in settings from the installed system

    The easiest way to reset Windows 10 assumes that the system on your computer starts up. If so, then a few simple steps will allow you to perform an automatic reinstallation.

    Go to Settings (via start and gear icon or WinI keys) Update and Security Recovery.

  • Under Reset this computer, click Get Started. Note: if during recovery you are informed that the necessary files are missing, use the method from the next section of this manual. Also, at this stage, an error may appear: Unable to find recovery environment.
  • You will be prompted to either keep your personal files or delete them. Select the option you want.
  • If you select the option to delete files, you will also be prompted to either Just delete files or Completely clean up the disk. I recommend the first option unless you are giving your computer or laptop to someone else. The second option deletes files without the possibility of their recovery and takes longer.
  • In the Ready to Reset This Computer window, click Reset.
  • After that, the process of automatic reinstallation of the system will begin, the computer will reboot (possibly several times), and after the reset you will get a clean Windows 10. If you selected Keep personal files, then the system disk will also contain the Windows.Old folder containing the files of the old system (user folders and desktop content may come in handy there). Just in case: How to delete the Windows.Old folder.

    How to reset Windows 10 if the system won’t start or factory reset won’t work

    In cases where Windows 10 does not start or a reset in the settings does not work, you can try using the manufacturer’s tools or with the recovery environment.

    If Windows 10 does not start, but shows a blue screen with an error, then clicking on the Advanced options item, you can get into the recovery environment. If the system starts but cannot reset the OS, go to Settings Update Security and click the Restart now button under Special boot options.

    After restarting, go to the Troubleshooting section, and then click on the item Reset the computer to its original state.

    Further, just like in the first described method, you can:

    Keep or delete personal files. If you select Delete, you will also be prompted to either completely erase the disk without the possibility of their recovery, or to simply delete them. Usually (unless you are giving the laptop to someone), it is better to use a simple removal.

  • In the select target operating system window, select Windows 10.
  • In the Reset this computer window, review what will be done to remove programs, reset settings to defaults, and automatically reinstall Windows 10 Click Reset.
  • After that, the process of resetting the system to its original state will begin, during which the computer may restart.

    If your device was preinstalled with licensed Windows 10 upon purchase, then the easiest way to reset it to factory settings is to use certain keys when you turn on your laptop or computer. Details on how this is done is written in the article How to reset a laptop to factory settings (also suitable for branded PCs with a pre-installed OS).

    Windows 10 factory reset errors

    The first and simplest methods when you have problems resetting Windows 10 to factory settings consist of the following steps:

    • Make sure there is enough free space on the system disk partition (drive C). Ideally 10 GB or more.
    • Remove all third-party antiviruses and other protection programs before starting recovery.

    If, when you try to reset Windows 10 after restarting, you see the message Problem returning your PC to its original state. Changes were not made, usually this indicates problems with the files required for recovery (for example, if you did something with the WinSxS folder, from the files in which the reset occurs). You can try checking and restoring the integrity of Windows 10 system files, but more often you have to do a clean install of Windows 10 (however, you can also save personal data).

    The second option is the error you are asked to insert a recovery disc or installation media. Then there was a solution with the Start over function described in the second section of this guide. Also, in this situation, you can make a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 10 (on the current computer or on another, if this one does not start) or a Windows 10 recovery disk with the system files included. And use it as your required storage device. Use a version of Windows 10 with the same bitness installed on your computer.

    Another option for action in the case of a requirement to provide a drive with files to register your own image for system recovery (for this, the OS must work, the actions are performed in it). I have not tested this method, but they write that it works (but only for the second case with an error):

    You need to download the Windows 10 ISO image (the second method is in the instructions on the link).

  • Mount it and copy the install.Wim file from the sources folder to the previously created ResetRecoveryImage folder on a separate partition or computer disk (not the system one).
  • In the command line as administrator, use the command reagentc / setosimage / path D: \ ResetRecoveryImage / index 1 (here D acts as a separate section, you may have a different letter) to register the recovery image.
  • After that, try again to start the system reset to its original state. By the way, for the future, we can recommend making your own backup of Windows 10, which can greatly simplify the process of rolling back the OS to a previous state.

    Well, if you still have questions about reinstalling Windows 10 or returning the system to its original state, ask. Let me also remind you that for pre-installed systems there are usually additional ways to reset to factory settings provided by the manufacturer and described in the official instructions.

    How to hard reset on Sony Xperia with buttons

    Resetting the smartphone settings with the buttons is a forced measure due to the accumulated bugs and the full memory of the smartphone. This measure is considered extreme and is not applied to revive a suspended device.

    To bring a frozen device to life:

    First of all, I would like to note that Sony Xperia smartphones (quite a lot of models) have an emergency reset button, it is located in the SD card slot.

    To abnormally restart a device:

    Turn off your smartphone. Open the memory card slot.

  • In the corner there is a small metallic button. Take a toothpick or similar pointed object and hold it for 3-5 seconds.
  • Now you can turn on the phone, it will restart, even if you did not want to turn on before.
  • However, with the accumulated number of problems, forgetting the password, clogged memory, suspicion of viruses and just to sell or give the smartphone to parents, you will need to completely reset the Sony Xperia smartphone to the state of the box.

    Sony Xperia factory reset with buttons

    You can hard reset Sony Xperia in many ways, but the most convenient ones are with the buttons.

    Recall that before zeroing, you need to transfer all valuable data from the smartphone to the memory card, as well as copy the phone book to the SIM card, otherwise everything will be irrevocably erased.

    • Most Xperia models can be reset with the buttons after turning off the device.
    • Press the volume and lock buttons at the same time, after a few seconds the logo will be displayed on the smartphone monitor.
    • We release the lock button, hold the sound key. After 3-5 seconds, in addition, we hold down the lock button until the Sony icon is displayed on the screen, and after another couple of seconds the Android icon is now releasing the buttons.
    • Press the camera key, a list of possible actions in system recovery will appear.
    • With the sound button. Select the sub-item on the screen: Wipe data / factory reset confirm with the power key.

    There is another original way to reset the settings on Sony Xperia. When a smartphone does not allow you to get into the menu recovery without a password, but suppose he forgot.

    • ⦁ We enter the password six times, a warning will appear on the screen that 6 incorrect entries were made and with the next 24 unsuccessful attempts, the smartphone will be transferred to the factory settings.
    • After 30 attempts to enter the wrong password, the phone will start to reboot, reset all settings and zero the data, bringing the Sony Xperia to its initial state.

    Samsung Galaxy S7 (shell Samsung Experience)

    Go to the settings in a way convenient for you.

  • At the bottom, click on the General Settings tab.
  • Select Reset (Archive and Reset).
  • Tap on Reset data.
  • Click on the blue reset button.
  • Enter your device PIN and click Next.
  • Click Delete All (Reset Device).
  • Your phone will restart. It will remain to customize it as after purchase.

    Redmi Note 5 (MIUI firmware)

    Open Settings.

  • Go to the Advanced Options window.
  • Click Back up and reset.
  • Select Factory data reset.
  • To remove absolutely all applications and files, check the Clear internal memory box.
  • It remains to click on Reset settings and enter the password, if required.
  • Attention! As you can see, the main thing is to find the Reset section. In order to guarantee not to wander in all parameters in search of the desired menu, it is easier to enter the Reset query into the search box on the main page. Select the desired menu from the proposed list and you will immediately get into it. And then everything is as in the instructions.

    Factory reset (hard reset) for Sony Xperia XA2 Plus phone

    There are many reasons why you may need to perform a Hard Reset on your Sony Xperia XA2 Plus smartphone. Typically, this procedure is performed to restore the health of a system that has been violated by viruses, deleting system files, clumsy firmware updates, and many other things. Hard Reset is very easy to perform on any smartphone, but you should be aware of the consequences of this action and be able to back up your system and files. We will discuss all this in detail below.

    How to create a backup?

    Attention! A reset will erase all data on your Sony Xperia XA2 Plus phone. If you have not backed up your contacts, images, documents and everything else, then you must do so, otherwise you will lose all personal information that was on the device.

    To avoid losing your data, follow these guidelines.

    Transfer photos, documents, etc. To your computer via USB cable. You can also use Google to backup images, and Google Drive cloud service is suitable for documents and folders, but you can upload the number of files to it. You will have to pay to expand storage.

  • In order not to lose contacts and applications, activate cloud sync in the settings. Navigate to System Advanced Backup. Enable Google Account Backup.
  • Once done, you can Hard Reset Sony Xperia XA2 Plus.

    How to Hard Reset Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Phone from Settings Menu?

    Attention! Because of FRP (Factory Reset Protection, that is, protection against reset), Android will ask you to enter your account login and password, which was assigned before the Hard Reset procedure. Therefore, if you plan to sell a smartphone, you must log out of your Google account (Settings Google Accounts Delete account) before resetting so that the person who receives your phone can activate their profile on it.

    Given the wide range of Android phones and the difficulty of describing the factory reset process for a specific model, we will show the guide using three fundamentally different devices and firmware as examples:

    • Mi A1 on pure Android, which is also used in Nokia, Motorola, OnePlus (has a slightly redesigned system) and in all devices released about the Android One program;
    • Galaxy S7 running Samsung Experience. Recall that the Korean corporation is the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, so it makes sense to show this shell too;
    • Redmi Note 5 on MIUI. The products of this company are in great demand in the CIS, so we could not ignore it.

    The easiest way to do Hard Reset is through a special menu in the system parameters. Note again that the location and name of the items may differ slightly depending on the phone used. The main thing is to find the main category for recovery and reset.

    Xiaomi Mi A1 (pure Android 8.1 Oreo)

    Click on the Settings icon in the application menu or launch them using the icon in the notification shade.

  • Scroll down and go to the System section.
  • Click Reset.
  • Select Erase All Data (Reset to Factory Settings).
  • Confirm your intention by pressing the button below.
  • Enter the device PIN and click Continue.
  • Select Erase All.
  • The device will reboot and you will need to go through the initial setup again as if it were a new phone.