4 Ways to Factory Reset Your Windows Computer!

Applying a factory reset to your computer is a viable option when you meet a number of stuck problems. This provides great assistance in resolving different computer problems.

A factory reset allows you to remove unnecessary data from your computer and improves its efficiency and performance.

In this guide, we will provide you with Four ways that you can use to factory reset your Windows computer.

These methods are easy, so you don’t need to worry. But, before we start with the guide, you must back up the computer before you apply the factory reset to your Windows computer.

This is because when you do a factory reset, all the data and files are wiped out. This may result in you losing essential data. Therefore, do consider this. 

Now let’s start with the guide. 

Use Built-in Method To Factory Reset Windows 10

If we talk about factory reset, it was much of a complex and uneasy task in previous versions of Windows.

Use Built-in Method To Factory Reset Windows 10

But, in Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a much easier and simpler method and so does in Windows 10.

Using a built-in method to factory reset your Windows is still one of the best ways. Follow the below instruction to access this.

  • Navigate to Settings
  • Click on Update and Security
  • Then, select Recovery.
  • An option can be seen as “Reset this PC” head, you will click on the “Get Started” option below this header.

Remove Or Keep The Files?

When you will perform a factory reset to your Windows 10, you will have two options to choose from:

  • Remove Everything
  • Keep My Files

If you choose the first option, Remove Everything. It will set everything to default and will delete all the installed apps i.e games, browsers, Microsoft Office, editing software, etc.

Remove Everything is in the real sense a “ Factory Reset.” It deletes all files and applications and brings you back to default settings as when you bought the new computer. 

On the other hand, you have the “Keep My Files” option, it will help you retain all your data and keep it as is when the factory reset is completed.

But, we would still advise you to back up your data even if you are going for this option. 

Resetting Options

It is obvious that choosing this option will remove every file, but it doesn’t erase them properly. Only the data and the drive where you have installed these apps and Windows is removed.

To adjust these options you can select Change Settings. When you activate Data Erasure, Windows will make sure that nothing can be recovered by deleting each and everything.

Resetting Options:

We would suggest this option if you are selling your PC. It will take some time but it is the best best for this situation. Or you may ignore it if you are not selling.

Lastly, you need to allow Data Drives to remove everything on all the connected drives from your computer.

This includes recovery drives and external drives. You should consider this option only when you want to erase everything on your computer because the drive must be keeping your files and backups. 

On the other hand, if you have selected the Keep My Files option, a summary will be displayed on your screen consisting of information on what Windows is about to do.

You may check what apps will get uninstalled in this process by clicking on the List of apps to be removed

To begin with, you should choose Windows 10 20H1 update, at this point, Microsoft will ask for a Cloud Download. 

What is this for?

Well, this allows you to reset Windows 10 and download the latest copy of Windows via the Internet.

This could be a great option to consider if you have a fast internet connection or your current installation is corrupted.

In the end, click Reset to confirm the operation and wait for the operation to finish. Moreover, you should better connect a charger, if you are doing this process on a laptop.

You don’t want it to shut down in the middle of the process. When the process is done, a setup procedure will appear on your screen. 

Use Windows Installation Media To Factory Reset Windows 10

You can always use Windows Installation Media to Factory Reset Windows if you don’t want to use any of the methods mentioned in this guide.

Or want to factory reset without using the Windows settings menu. It helps you to install a new copy of Windows and erase everything stored on it.

Use Windows Installation Media To Factory Reset Windows 10

Moreover, if you are a Windows 7 or 8 user, you can also reinstall windows from scratch. Here are the tools that will be a great help for you to perform this task successfully.

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 download tool or Microsoft’s Windows 7 download tool. These tools help you in installing an ISO to burn onto your DVD your flash drive for Windows reinstallation.

For Windows 7, you would need a valid product key to continue the process, but for Windows 8.1, it is not necessary.

You simply need to insert a USB drive or a disc holding your installation file, then with a removable device, you will boot into your computer.

As the process starts, you will be welcomed with the Windows setup screen, which you continue to go through and a fresh copy of Windows will be installed on your computer when the process is finished.

Note: You must know that when you choose this option, it will also delete everything stored on your computer. 

Use “Fresh Start” Option To Factory Reset Windows 10

This is a new method of Factory Reset that Microsoft included in the update past to Windows 10. This process is a bit similar to the Built-in method but has some small changes that make this process worth trying.

Fresh Start” Option To Factory Reset Windows 10

You can choose the one that seems the easiest to you. Follow the below-mentioned instruction to access the Fresh Start option. 

  • Go to the Settings
  • Click on Update and Security.
  • Then, select Recovery.
  • You will see a text link at the bottom as “ Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows”, click on it. 
  • You will then be taken to the Windows security window to the Fresh Start option.
  • To continue, select Get Started

As we have mentioned, there is a slight difference between the built-in method and the Fresh Start option.

Let’s take a look at it. 

  • Fresh Option always keeps all the files stored on your windows computer, it provides no two options as above. 
  • With this, you can download the new version of Windows 10. While Recovery information is used by the standard reset method on your drive. Your Computer manufacturer provides this option or if you have installed windows, you can find it in the protected C:\Recovery folder.
  • Fresh Start prevents junk by erasing all non-standard Windows apps because of this. Only the Microsoft App store left because it is an integrated app installed by the manufacturer.
  • Lastly, Fresh Start does not change and specify some Windows settings. While the Built-in method keeps our changes and changes it to default.

To explain this in short, the latest version of Windows 10 is downloaded by Fresh Start, while keeping all files and settings.

Besides Microsoft Store App, it does not leave any bloatware.

On the other hand, the standard reset option deletes all your files and data while changing all the settings to default, and based on your recovery partition, it will reinstall Windows and apps. 

Use Advanced Method (BOOT) To Factory Reset Windows 10

The three methods mentioned above are all effective and work successfully for most users, this is as you say a bonus method that you can try.

Use Advanced Method (BOOT) To Factory Reset Windows 10

Apart from traditional ways, there are some advanced methods too that are worth trying. To perform Factory Reset on Windows 10 utilizing boot, you need to go to the Advanced Startup menu.

To open this, follow the below-mentioned instruction:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Click on Update And Security.
  • Then select Recovery.
  • You will see a Restart Now option under the Advanced Startup, click on it. This will allow you to reboot into Advanced Startup.
  • When you click the Restart button on the power menu, hold down the Shift key. 

But, if you are not able to access any of these, hold down the F11 key while you boot. In some systems, it helps in opening Advanced Startup i.

If you failed this, Advanced Startup will be automatically opened by Windows after three failed attempts.

You will select Troubleshoot when it is opened. After that, you will pick Reset this Pc and it will start the same Reset Factory Process as in the Built-in method above (Number 1 method.)

You can even choose Advanced options for further alternatives, but unless you don’t have a saved system image, none of it will allow Factory Reset of Windows 10. 

Or if your computer Manufacturer included any of them, booting into the BIOS and accessing the recovery partition directly on your hard drive would be allowed.

Moreover, if you decide to factory reset with this method, you will also remove the bloatware of the Manufacturer. Although it is not suggested, if you have no option, you can try this

Besides, you can also access another tool by typing “create a recovery drive” on the start menu and that tool will allow you to make your own.

But, this process needs some free storage, and you need to do this before you encounter a problem.

Unfortunately, if you are unsuccessful, then the best way for you to install Windows 10 is as described in number 2. ( Windows Installation Media)

However, if you are a Windows 10 or 8 user, we would say the built-in reset option is best for you. For Windows 7 users, they can have a successful installation of Windows by downloading any image from Microsoft.

Bottom Line!

Having said that, you have a number of options available to choose from and do a factory reset. All the methods mentioned in this guide are useful and can give you the result you want.

But, before that, we would like to emphasize on this point again, that when you decide to factory reset your computer, you must back up all your data.

This is a good thing to consider because you don’t want to lose your important data in all this process.

In the end, we hoped that this guide was helpful for you and you learn what you came for. You can contact us in case of a problem, we will try to help you out. 

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