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Restore a Wii, PS3, 360 to it's factory settings

These steps will show you how to restore a 7th-Gen Gaming Console (Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3, or XBOX 360) to its original factory settings. This is useful if you plan on giving/selling your console to someone else and don't want them to have any of your personal info, or if you're in a business that sells repossessed consoles. Please know that I will not go into detail about how to disable parental controls. I didn't do that because it's not really related to the topic and should be another How-To altogether (which I may do later :-P).

1.

Restoring a Nintendo Wii

First, disable the Parental Controls!

Second, delete the Wii Shop Channel Account because this information is NOT stored in the Wii system's memory (stupid Nintendo).
- Start up the Wii Shop Channel
- Goto 'Settings'
- Click on 'Remove Wii Shop Channel Account'

Finally, format the Wii system's memory...
- Goto the Wii's System Settings (bottom-left icon in Home)
- Go right two screens (click on the blue arrow)
- Click on 'Format Wii System Memory'
- Click on 'Format' until the system formats the Wii

That's it - the Wii has been restored to factory settings!

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Restoring a Sony Playstation 3

First, disable the Parental Controls!

Second, perform a System Restore...
- Goto the 'Settings' column
- Enter the 'System Settings'
- Click on 'Restore PS3 System'

Finally, select the Format Method you wish to use. A 'Quick Format' will simply erase everything from the Hard Drive (except the System Files). A 'Full Format' will do a Quick Format AND scan the hard drive for errors and fix them automatically. A 'Full Format' is recommended, but be warned: I've seen this method take anywhere between 2 and 32 hours! I don't know why it takes so long, it just does (stupid Sony). I usually let it do a Full Format overnight.

That's it - the PS3 has been restored to factory settings!

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3.

Restoring an XBOX 360

First, disable the Parental Controls!

Second, format the Hard Drive...
- In 'My XBOX', scroll over to and enter 'System Settings'
- Select 'Memory'
- Highlight the Hard Drive and press 'Y' for Device Options
- Select 'Format' to format the Hard Drive

Finally, start the Initial Setup...
- In 'My XBOX', scroll over to and enter 'System Settings'
- Select 'Initial Setup'
- Once the setup starts, turn off the system.

That's it - the 360 has been restored to factory settings!

*No, I didn't say "Stupid Microsoft" anywhere... that's just a given (you gotta pay a monthly fee to play multi-player games online). :-P


Almond
IT-Unicorp

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