Clearing a DirecTV Receiver Memory Cache

By Elizabeth Mott

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The DirecTV satellite TV service provides entertainment and sports programming to an audience of 20 million subscribers as of November 2013. Its proprietary receivers include models that offer built-in DVRs. All of its equipment features a large array of preferences and options that customize onscreen guides and settings for your needs. The receivers also retain lists of the shows you program and purchase. To zero out your receiver's memory, use the reset procedures built in to the software that controls your onscreen experience.

Step 1

Press the "Menu" button on your DirecTV remote control. Select "Parental, Fav’s & Setup" and choose the "System Setup" option.

Step 2

Press the down-arrow key to scroll through the list of setup options to "Reset." Press the "Select" button to switch to the Reset screen.

Step 3

Select "Reset Defaults" to purge all the preferences you've set on the device, including scheduled programs, parental controls, guide settings and favorites. Select "Reset Everything" to revert the receiver to its factory setup and display the Guided Setup procedures that you use with a new device. Press the "Dash" key -- located below the "7" key on your remote and typically used as a separator in multi-segment channel numbers -- to confirm the reset procedure.