How to Factory Reset windows 10 | Give your PC a Fresh Start

This procedure is like restoring windows operating to its original state, similar to how it was when you first Installed it on your computer.

Are you experiencing slow performance, frequent crashes, or persistent errors on your Windows 10 system? Sometimes, software issues or system file corruption can significantly impact the functionality of your computer, making it frustrating to use. In such situations, Reset Windows 10 (Factory Reset) feature can provide a fresh start and breathe new life into your PC. Whether you’re dealing with performance issues, malware infections, or simply want a fresh start, a factory reset can help restore your system to its original state. Here is how to factory reset Windows 10 and Give your PC a Fresh Start.

A factory reset can breathe new life into your Windows 10 system

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What is a Factory Reset in Windows 10?

A factory reset on Windows 10, also known as Reset This PC or system reset is a process that reinstalls the operating system, back to its original state as it was when you first installed your computer. This process removes all installed applications, settings, and user data from the system, essentially wiping it clean. However, it typically preserves personal files such as documents, pictures, and videos, unless explicitly specified otherwise.

Note: It will retain or remove personal files based on user preference. 

When to Consider a Factory Reset?

Performing a factory reset becomes necessary under various circumstances such as

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  • If your Windows 10 system has become noticeably slower over time, experiences frequent crashes, or exhibits general instability, a factory reset can help eliminate any underlying software issues that may be causing the slowdown.
  • In cases where the operating system files have become corrupted due to malware attacks, abrupt shutdowns, or other unforeseen issues, a factory reset can be a powerful tool to revert your system to a stable state.
  • When you encounter persistent errors that seem unresolvable through conventional troubleshooting methods, factory reset windows 10 can be a last resort to eliminate underlying issues and start afresh.
  • In the unfortunate event of a malware or virus infection that cannot be adequately removed through antivirus software, windows 10 factory reset can help eliminate the malicious software and restore system integrity.
  • Before selling or passing on your Windows 10 device to someone else, performing a factory reset ensures that your personal data and settings are wiped clean, safeguarding your privacy.

How to Factory Reset Windows 10

Windows 10 provides a convenient feature called “Reset this PC,” which allows users to initiate a factory reset without the need for external installation media. But before the start, we recommend backup all your important data so you don’t lose anything. Also Unplug any external hard drives, USB devices, or peripherals connected to your PC.

Whether you’re troubleshooting performance issues, selling your computer, or simply starting fresh, a factory reset can be a powerful tool for you.

  • Press the Windows + I Keyboard shortcut to open the settings app,
  • Click on Update & Security then Recovery.
  • Under the “Reset this PC” section, click on the “Get started” button.

Reset This PC

  • Next click either “Keep my files” or “Remove everything,” depending on whether you want to keep your data files intact.

Note: Click the Remove Everything option, which will result in a clean installation erasing everything on your device. Ensure you’ve backed up any important files beforehand.

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  • Let’s click on the Keep My Files option to reset Windows 10 without losing data

Keep my files

The next screen presents you with a choice between a local reinstall and a cloud download:

  • Local reinstall: Uses existing assets on your PC to rebuild a clean copy of Windows.
  • Cloud download: Fetches a new copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft.

Here You can use either method, but keep in mind that cloud installation will consume more than 4GB of data and take time depending on internet speed.

cloud download vs local download

  • The next screen will display the list of apps that will be removed after reset Windows.
  • We recommend note down the application list so that you can install them later, And when you are ready click the next button.

The apps removed while reset

  • In the next window, you’ll see a message detailing what will happen during the reset process (the message varies based on your chosen method).
  • When ready, select the “Reset” button.

click reset button

Your Windows 10 PC will begin the factory reset process, which may take several minutes. Be patient. Once finished, your computer will reboot.

reset windows 10

After the reset, check if all your hardware components (graphics card, sound card, etc.) are working correctly. If not, download and install the necessary drivers from the manufacturer’s website.

Reinstall any essential software applications you need for work or personal use.

Take advantage of this fresh start to customize Windows 10 settings according to your preferences.

Windows 10 factory reset from Boot Menu

Performing a factory reset from the Boot Menu is a powerful solution when your Windows 10 PC encounters critical issues preventing it from starting. If you notice PC does not start after the recent Windows 10 upgrade or is Stuck on the boot menu here is how to reset Windows 10 from the boot menu.

  • Hence your PC wont start normally you need to Boot from installation media,
  • Skip the first screen, and select Repair your computer,
  • Select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC to reset your PC from the menu.

Reset This PC advanced options

You’ll be prompted to choose between keeping your files or removing everything. If you’re facing severe issues and wish to perform a complete factory reset, choose the “Remove everything” option. Ensure you have backed up important files before proceeding.

keeping your files or removing everything

Follow the on-screen prompts to confirm your choice and initiate the factory reset process. This may take some time, depending on your system’s specifications.

factory reset windows 10

Once the reset is complete, your system will guide you through the initial setup process, similar to when you first acquired the device.

By following these steps, you can initiate a reset even when traditional troubleshooting methods fail. Remember to back up essential files before undertaking this process.

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