How to Restore Samsung NP-NC10 to Factory Settings

Samsung NC10 factory settings

 Why I needed to restore my Samsung NC10 back to factory settings

I was gutted. I went away a weekend, hoping to enjoy my wi-fi on my mean slick NC10. What happened, basically total Samsung NC10 breakdown.

I was ready to trash it.

I thought, hey I could backup and restore my Tosh notebook why not this one.

How to restore an NC10 back to factory settings in 3 steps!

From the PC being SHUT-DOWN, at the point of being restarted.

1. Press the on-button and immediately hold down F4 key.

2. Keep it held. Up pops an MS DOS screen. It shows

  1. Restore major files on the NC10,
  2. Backup NC10 
  3. or Clean wipe the NC10 [factory settings and loose all].

3. Obviously, press option 3, as you want to clean wipe and factory settings right!

Read the NOTES below.

Note: Read the following.

The Samsung NC10 ought to come with 2 partitions [a C/ and D/ drive].

Before you do a clean wipe, make sure you’ve copied over all your word / pics / videos / music etc to to other partition.

So if you’ve not done it now – I suggest you do. Try in MS safe mode on start-up and see if you can back-up your data.

If you’ve made a back up before you may find at least the first backup that’s stored somewhere on the partition.

Still you’ll have to update it with all the MS updates etc.. but hey, your favourite playtoy isn’t a brick any longer!

Best of luck.

BTW: This advice is pursued at your own risk with your Samsung NC10. 
You might have damaged hardware etc.

Always pursue IT help and advice with things you love.

I’ve restored mine today, so I can give my advice some credence.

It worked for me, it might not for you.

If it works for you.. then please give me a thanks comment below 😀

It's easy to restore a Samsung NC10 back to factory settings

After reading this you’ll be beating yourself over the head how easy it is  to restore a Samsung NC10 back to its original settings, or even clean wipe the hard disk if you wish to sell it on to others.

I wrote this guide as there were too many forums and help sites [asking for sign up fees]. At the time they occupied the first three pages of

It’s easy to restore an NC10 back to it’s factory settings, or at least minimally to set up the major windows files back in place. I hope you are now playing again with your favourite plaything!

14 Replies to “How to Restore Samsung NP-NC10 to Factory Settings”

  1. First I want to praise you, then I tried, and it doesn’t work. Boot screen does only offer to start samsung recovery crap .. all I want is to make a factory reset to sell that thing .. so hard??

    1. Hey dude.. I’m unsure then. It’s worked twice on the machine I’ve owned and so I decided to post the how to. I have to say, this works with Win XP and I’ve not updated the OS.

      If you’ve the same OS and followed my instructions step by step, I would say its best to TRY one last time and if not then take to a qualified repair specialist. If you’ve an IT department, I’d suggest asking if they can reset it and place a small incentive BILL on the screen when they open the laptop 😀

  2. It is not a full factory reset though, the very first person who started it up and registered the Samsung NC10 will still show up if you do a subsequent reset, how do you remove those details?

    1. Hey. I’ve not tried what you are asking to do. I know there is an option of CLEAN restore which ought to delete all personal information. Don’t forget that you will have to update all the browsers and drivers and I hope your samsung’s OS is WinXP with SP2, otherwise you’ll have to connect to an internet cable to download the patch 😀

      This is what you may do to clean WIPE the computer. Either press f4 on start up and choose clean reset from the options. I know that some Samsungs don’t have this option. Or you can use a Samsung disk recovery kit which ought to be active on your NC10.

      Click “Start” and then “All Programs.”

      Click “Samsung,” and then click “Samsung Recovery Solution.” Click “Samsung Recovery Solution” again to launch the Samsung Recovery Solution program.

      Click “Restore,” and then select “Complete Restore.”

      Click the empty circle to the left of “Complete Initial Status,” and then click “Next.” The computer will automatically restart.

      Click “Agree” when the licensing agreement appears on the screen… blah .. blah!

      Click “OK” after the computer restarts to begin the restoration process.

      When the process is complete, a dialogue box will appear on the screen telling you the process is complete and that you can click “OK” to restart the machine.

      I hope that works. Let me know if you have more problems. I’m intrigued to find out!

  3. Hi, i have a problem with Samsung NC10 Plus.I dont know what my daughter did but when i turn the system on, its shows on the display, The operating system not found.Please can you help me ?

    1. The machine comes with a disk as well, if my options didn’t help there’s a recovery disk [which came with the PC].

      You can follow the whole support process here. I’ve edited from inserting a recovery disk using an external DVD player.

      Sibu :
      insert the recovery disk inside
      Sibu :
      and reboot the netbook
      Sibu :
      then it will start recovery
      Customer :
      booting up now
      Sibu :
      Customer :
      ok it has into another advance option screen with an option to go to directory services restore mode
      Sibu :
      Sibu :
      factory restore menu should come
      Sibu :
      again reboot
      Sibu :
      and press F10 or F12
      Sibu :
      to start boot device menu
      Sibu :
      there select USB CD drive
      Sibu :
      and enter
      Customer :
      ok we now have the recovery solution page asking for a backup or restore
      Sibu :
      Sibu :
      choose restore
      Customer :
      it is now asking for either basic, complete or date restore
      Sibu :
      Customer :
      now estimation 3 to 4 minutes
      Sibu :
      Customer :
      after this proceedure do I need to run thesystem software media disc
      Sibu :
      no not needed
      Sibu :
      as you are going to sell it
      Sibu :
      if you will do it then also no problem you can do it
      Customer :
      ok system restore now complete, it is now rebooting

  4. I did the system restore but the original owner password has locked the computer. How do I clean off the password so I can reset it?

    1. Get hold of the owner and ask him for the password. Otherwise you’re stuck with going into an official Samsung outlet and asking them to flash the whole computer.

  5. Cool… Worked.
    The first option i got to select was the recovery option mentioned in his comment.
    When selected you get the 3 options:
    Restore from backup

    Did the Complete one and all is back like it was when it came out of the factory.

    I was hitting F6 and F8 before,,,, all these damed things have different F command keys.


  6. i have a problem .. i cant open my laptop .. the only light open is the power switch 🙁 what can i do ?

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