There are several reasons why you need to reset a Windows 10 PC to factory defaults. You have too many apps installed and just start clean. You may also sell your PC or fix another problem. In any case, you can reset Windows 10 relatively quickly and easily. There are two ways to do that and we will both treat here. To reset Windows 10 to factory settings:
You can also reset Windows 10 by completely reinstalling Windows 10. Information on this can be found in our tutorial here. Do not forget to make a backup copy of your data, photos, videos, music, etc. before you reset Windows 10, because otherwise everything may be lost!
Method 1: How to Reset Windows 10 via the Settings menu
The fastest, easiest, and easiest way is to reset Windows 10 from the Settings menu as you would would do with your phone. How it works:
- Back up all sensitive data that you do not want to delete. Trust us, mistakes happen and it's easier to have a backup than to start over.
- Open the menu Start and click on the gear icon Settings on the left margin. [19659016SelectOption Update & Security and then click on the Restore option on the left margin.
- Click the Getting Started button at . Reset section PC of the recovery menu.
- A screen appears asking you if you want to Keep My Files or Remove All . As you can imagine, with the first option you can keep your personal files like photos or documents and with the second option you can remove everything when you reset Windows 10. Select the desired one.
- Follow the instructions until the system begins to reset.
- Here is the tutorial from Microsoft if you need further explanation.
Your computer may restart several times during this process. Just leave it alone until the Windows 10 setup screen appears. When that happens, you're all done! Your computer should be reset to its original factory settings, with or without your personal files, depending on which option you chose. This is the easiest way to reset Windows 10.
Method 2: Using the Start Menu
Sometimes the damage is so great that the computer can not access Windows. This is not a big deal because you can access a factory reset without having to enter the operating system. This method is a bit more complicated, but honestly not so difficult.
- Note – Windows 10 should automatically start in the Advanced Boot Options menu if Windows 10 can not start its own. If your PC can not access Windows 10, you should be able to get there automatically.
- If your PC is stuck in a boot cycle, simply unplug the power adapter (desktop) or unplug the battery (laptop) and try again.
- In the advanced boot options, select Troubleshooting . There should be the option Reset Windows 10 . From this point on, just follow the same steps as in Method 1.
Now the factory reset should be done, and just as in Method 1, your computer should be restarted a few times, and eventually reenter Windows 10 Setup. Return screen. If for some reason this does not work and your computer does not start, you may have a hardware problem or you may need to reinstall Windows 10. Here is our tutorial on reinstalling Windows 10, if you need this link again.
Resetting Windows 10 is easy. However, we recommend this only if you absolutely must return to the factory inventory and your data is secure. If we missed something, let us know in the comments!