How to Factory Reset iMac 2011 With Windows Keyboard?

how to factory reset imac 2011 with windows keyboard

Reset of device considers the all-in-one solution for multiple issues that are running on iMac and are invisible. Here we are going to start the controversy of how to factory reset iMac 2011 with windows keyboard. Most iMac users want to ask the same question due to their working manners with the Windows keyboard. It is not the first time to hear about getting together iMac and Windows because their relationship gets too old and their years of working criteria combine. 

Suppose you are an iMac enthusiast and also a Windows user. In that case, it seems problematic to press the combination of command keys, which is the Window key on the Windows keyboard to get the actions of the MacBook keyboard. The task of Factory reset is similar and has a separate way to exist through the window keyboard

How to Factory Reset iMac 2011 With Windows Keyboard?

iMac 2011 is the oldest model of apple and is easy to factory reset with a Windows keyboard. As there is no command key on the Window keyboard, but you need the combination of command and R key to factory reset your mac, the window key of the Windows keyboard will take the place of the command. By mapping the keys on Mac with the accurate method, you can change the window into a command key.

If you are an old user of Mac and Windows, you can do it without any instruction but if you are the new one, let’s start. 

  • Go to the Apple Menu
  • Select the System Preferences
  • Scroll down and open the Keyboard Setting
  • Open the Modifier Keys
  • It will show you the Panel of hotkeys
  • Select the command key as the window key
  • You have done it.

After this action, you can reset your iMac from every model in the factory mode because the combination of these keys will help you for doing so. Here are just two keys.

  1. Command key, which is your window key
  2. R key

Use this combination for factory reset like this one.

  • Turn off your Mac
  • Make sure the electric connection is on.
  • Press and hold the combination of the Window + R keys
  • Hold the down still Apple logo doesn’t appear
  • Once you see the Apple logo, click on it
  • Your Mac is in Factory resetting mode, and it will reset after a while automatically.

How to Factory Reset Your Mac Using USB?

Whenever we talk about the secure ways of factory resetting on Mac, the name ‘using the USB method’ is on the top. Locate the critical issue on your Mac to choose the method of resetting. If there is no crucial problem on your Mac, you can factory reset it by the recovery method. But if you note some critical bugs start creating problems in working, you need to factory reset by creating a bootable USB.

If you don’t have a bootable USB, then make a simple reset on your Mac. It will help you for the time of arranging a bootable USB. Start the process like the following. 

  • Go to the Apple Menu
  • Select the System Setting
  • Click on General Option
  • Scroll down and select Transfer or Reset
  • Click on Erase All Contents and Settings
  • You have done it

You can reset your Mac by reinstalling macOS with the help of USB, but you need to choose or create a bootable. Let’s make it in acuity, by using the following steps. 

Choosing USB

A hundred types of cheapest USBs are available in the market, but there is no benefit to buying them from online stores. Try to buy a unique and branded USB drive for installing macOS to reset your Mac.

Formatting USB

If you have a new USB, there is no need to format it because it is already done, but checking is necessary. On the other hand, used USD requires a complete format before downloading macOS. Format the USB after plugging it into the Mac.

Downloading macOS Installer

Go to the AppStore or System preference to download an installer for the USB. You may find difficulty in this step, so use the following instructions to download the installer.

  1. Go to the System Preferences
  2. Open the Software Update 
  3. Download and install the latest version of macOS

After completing the installation of macOS, your mac will reset and become the renewed version. Now, you have the factory reset iMac, but this is only possible if you have a MacBook keyboard instead of a Window keyboard.

Also Read: How to Factory Reset iMac Without Keyboard?

How do I Completely Factory Reset my Mac?

In the case of using a Mac keyboard, there is no need to reach the window keyboard and combinations of command keys because this question has a different way to resolve. You need to backup first on mac because your data on mac will remove after a factory reset, and without a backup, you can’t get your Mac data Back. If you don’t have significant remarks on Mac, you can continue the factory reset without making a backup.

The complete factory reset of Mac demands different criteria that are described below:

  • Make a new Backup on your Mac
  • Go to the Apple Menu and open the System Preferences
  • Click on the Erase All Contents and Settings
  • Go to the following options under Erase All Contents and Settings
  • After finishing, your Mac will completely factory reset


When it comes to using a non-mac keyboard on Macbook, the problem of “how to factory reset iMac 2011 with windows keyboard” takes birth unexpectedly. It becomes easy for old versions of iMac with the help of the combination of window + command keys. If you want to reset your Mac with the help of a bootable USB drive, you can follow up the given steps of choosing the USB, formatting the USB, and downloading macOS on the USB.

By Brandon S. Lee

Hi, My name Brandon S.Lee and I am a professional Gamer, I also worked with the keyboard making company called Logitech. I was the quality check manager of the Logitech keyboard department. Here we have a team of people who researched on the keyboards, talked with keyboard users and analyzes the user reviews and then write the product reviews.

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