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How To Factory Reset A Computer?

Resetting your computer to the factory defaults will remove all your installed programs and files. It is better to create a backup of all your data before performing a factory reset. The step-by-step instructions to perform a factory reset a computer.

Factory Reset A Computer

Method 1 – Resetting Windows 10 Using Built-In Reset

Step 1

  • Launch the Settings screen on your Windows 10 computer.
  • Select the Update & Security option.
  • Click the Recovery tab in the left panel.
  • In the main panel, navigate to the Reset this PC section and click the Get Started button.

Step 2

  • This will Launch the Reset this PC window displaying the following two options.
  • Keep my files (Your personal data will be retained)
  • Remove everything (Removes all your files and apps)

Step 3

  • If you select the Remove Everything option, click Change Settings and turn on both the Data erasure and Data drives options.
  • Click the Confirm option to proceed.
  • If you select the Keep my files option, click the ‘List of apps to be removed’ link.
  • Now, you can see a list of applications that will be uninstalled after factory reset a computer.

Step 4

  • Click Reset and wait until the process completes.

Method 2 – Resetting Windows 10 Using Fresh Start

Step 1

  • Launch Settings, choose the Update & Security option, and click the Recovery tab.

Step 2

  • Navigate to the More Recovery Options section and click the ‘Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows’ link.

Step 3

  • Select the Get Started option when the Fresh Start window opens.
  • This process will not remove any of your personal files. But, all the settings will be reset to the factory defaults.

Method 3 – Resetting Windows 10 From Boot Menu

Step 1

  • Click the Update & Security option on the Settings screen.
  • Navigate to the Recovery tab in the left panel.
  • In the main panel, go to the Advanced Startup section and click the Restart Now button.
  • Alternatively, hold the Shift key and select the Restart option from the Power menu.

Step 2

  • The Troubleshoot screen will open; choose the Reset This PC option.
  • This will factory reset a computer on Windows 10.
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