how much slack in "Factory Reset"

Subject: how much slack in "Factory Reset"
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 14:49:59 -0400

Hey gang, please weigh in...

If a command for a piece of electronic/computer equipment says:
"Factory Reset", do you assume that it clears some stuff and
revokes some stuff and puts the equipment in a condition that's
suitable for a new user, starting "fresh" to configure and begin

OR, do you assume that it wipes out literally anything that was
not "as shipped from factory", including rolling back firmware,
removing any capability updates (that you might have purchased
for good money...), and generally leaves no trace that the
item has had a life of any sort since it first left the factory...??

For the first scenario (first paragraph, above) what might be
a better term than "Factory Reset".

Yes, thanks, I'm having an argument with someone. How did you know? :-)

Kevin McLauchlan
Senior Technical Writer
SafeNet, Inc.

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