For computers, the restore button may be a hardware button, found on some laptop computers. The hardware button may be labeled as being a restore button or it may also be labeled as the name of the software utility that initiates the restore process. The restore button may also be one of the keys on the keyboard, typically one of the function keys. When the computer is starting up, the specific F key that will initiate the restore process may be displayed.
Tip: A listing of restore button function keys used with most computers can be found on our Hidden partition definition.
Pressing the restore button or F key will activate the software restore utility. The utility will guide the user through the restore process. It is important to note that since the restore process will "reset" the computer back to its originally installed software package, all data is usually erased. Any personal files and software programs installed after the computer was purchased will be lost, so it is important to have personal files backed up on a flash drive, CD, or external hard drive before starting the restore process.
Also see: Restore