How to reset your Windows 10 computer to factory settings

You may need to factory reset your Windows 10 computer because there are issues that cannot be resolved with the usual troubleshooting steps.

Reset your Windows 10 PC to fix the problem

Windows 10 has a built-in Reset this PC option that can be used to restore the computer to its original factory settings.

When you factory reset Windows 10 using the Reset this PC option, your computer’s hard drive will be completely wiped and the latest copy of the Windows 10 operating system will be installed on your device.

Fortunately, Windows 10 offers an option to keep your files or delete everything from your computer before resetting.

If you choose the “Remove Everything” option, almost everything on your computer will be deleted, including all your personal files.

If you choose the “Keep my files” option, the reset will remove all applications, programs, and settings from your computer, while keeping your personal files intact.

For example, all your Microsoft Excel files and Word documents are kept on the computer, while Microsoft Office programs are deleted.

Steps to reset your Windows 10 computer

Follow the steps below to factory reset your Windows 10 computer.

Go to Settings > Update & security > Select Recovery in the left pane. In the right pane, click on Get Started option located under the “Reset this PC” section.

How to reset your Windows 10 computer to factory settings

On the next screen, select the Keep My files option, in case you want to save your personal files. If not, click on the “Remove Everything” option.

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If you select Keep My Files, Windows will save all your personal files before starting the process of erasing and formatting the hard disk.

After the process is complete, Windows will show you a list of applications that will be removed from your computer and save the list of removed applications to your desktop.

Selecting Remove Everything will provide you with two sub-options – “Just Remove My Files” and “Remove Files and Clean the Drive”.

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Select “Just Remove My Files“, in case the computer is going to remain with you. Select “Remove Files and Clean the Drive” in case you are planning to sell the computer or give it away.

Either way, be prepared to have your computer restart multiple times as Windows finishes resetting your PC.

When the process is completed, you will see the computer starting with Windows 10 setup screen, prompting you to enter your Language, Time, and Keyboard Layout.

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Follow the remaining on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

After the process is complete, your computer should be free of all the glitches and issues you encountered.

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