Factory Reset using System Recovery Options Command Prompt

Posted by @Ivy

October 12, 2018

In this article, you can learn to access system recovery options command prompt and factory reset Windows 7/8/10 in simple ways.

About system recovery options command prompt

System recovery options command prompt in Windows is a text-based console. You can use it to troubleshoot your computer via commands. With the help of various commands, you can check the integrity of files, rebuild BCD, restore system files and settings, recover files from formatted SD card, etc.

Windows 7 and later version command prompt allows you to run graphical programs such as Notepad, Regedit, and possibly some anti-malware programs.

How to get to system recovery options command prompt in Windows 7/8/10?

To access command prompt in system recovery options, you can use Windows preinstalled recovery tool as well as installation disk.

Access system recovery Windows 7 command prompt

Using advanced boot options

In Windows 7, the preinstalled recovery tool is Advanced Boot options. See below and learn how to access System Recovery Options command prompt.

Step 1. Restart your computer and press F8 until the Windows 7 logo appears.

Step 2. Select Repair your computer at the Advanced Boot Options page.                                             

Advanced Boot Options

Step 3. Select a keyboard layout and click Next to summon the system recovery options window.

Using installation disk

If you already have an installation disk, you can directly see the detailed steps to access system recovery options command prompt in windows 7. If not, you can download ISO files from Microsoft Store and burn it to USB drive.

Step 1. Connect the installation disk to your computer.

Step 2. Restart your computer and press any key to boot from the installation disk when prompted.

Step 3. Select language and other preferences on the Install Windows page, and then click Next.

Step 4. Click Repair your computer.

Repair Your Computer Win7

Step 5. Select the operating system to repair and click Next.

Note: After that, Startup Repair will start automatically and fix problems it finds. If it does not detect any problem, you will be prompted to run System Restore. You can click Cancel and view advanced options for system recovery and support. This option will bring you to System Recovery Options.

Access recovery command prompt in Windows 8/10

For Windows 8/10 users, you can get to command prompt in system recovery options via Choose an option feature as well as installation disk.

Using Choose an option feature

Step 1. Hold Shift key while pressing Power and Restart option.

Step 2. Select Troubleshoot at the Choose an option page.

Choose an Option

Step 3. Select Advanced Options. After that, you will see many recovery options, including System Restore, Command Prompt, System Image Recovery, etc.

Using installation disk

This method will use installation disk. Thus, if you still do not have an installation disk, you should create an installation disk with media creation tool first.

Start with the detailed steps in the following:

Step 1. Connect USB flash drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected by Windows.

Step 2. Set boot priority to USB flash drive via BIOS.

Step 3. Restart your computer and press any key when prompted.

Step 4. Select languages and other preferences, and then click Next.

Step 5. Click Repair your computer on the Windows Setup interface.

Repair Your Computer Windows 10

Step 6.Click Troubleshoot and Advanced Options. In the next window, you can see command prompt option and other recovery tools, which can help you to repair Windows 10.

How to factory reset Windows 7/8/10 using command prompt?

No matter what operating system you use, you can get to system recovery options command prompt commands. After that, you can use command prompt to factory reset windows 7/8/10.

Step 1. Click Command Prompt in the system recovery options.

Step 2. Type the following command and press Enter to run it.

rstrui.exe

Step 3. Click Next in the Restore system files and settings window.

Restore System Files Settings

Step 4. Select an available restore point in the following list, and then click Next.

Step 5. Confirm the selected restore point and click Finish to start the pending operation.

System recovery options command prompt missing –how to fix?

Sometimes, you will find you cannot run system restore from command prompt because of system recovery options no command prompt.

To avoid this situation, you can use free backup and restore software like AOMEI Backupper and create a system image backup for your computer ahead of time. It can solve all kinds of system issues and restore your computer to a good state.

Besides, AOMEI Backupper offers you more advanced features, which provides you greater user experience. You can compress the backup using Normal or High compression level. To only backup the changed part, you can use incremental or differential backup. Besides, you can create schedule backup at a fixed time, including daily, weekly, month.

System recovery options command prompt missing – fixed

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper free version and open it.

Step 2. Click Backup and System Backup.

Backup

Step 3. Select a path for your backup. AOMEI Backupper will automatically select system partition and recovery partition, which is related to booting your computer.

Path

Step 4. Set up settings if needed.

Settings

Step 5. Click Start Backup and wait the final result.

Wrapping things up

System recovery options command prompt is one of the common recovery solutions to repair your computer when something goes wrong. You can use both preinstalled recovery tool and installation disk to access command prompt in system recovery options and troubleshoot the problems.

But you may find there is no command prompt in system recovery options in some cases. To avoid this situation, you are supposed to create a system image backup and save it to external hard drive or other storage devices. With one or more backup, you can restore system image from external hard drive at any time.