Wednesday, August 10

How to Factory Reset Windows 10

Knowing how to do a factory reset in Windows 10 will help you make the nuclear option if all else fails with your Windows 10 device.

Having to factory reset is usually a last resort if you’re having technical issues with your device, but if all other troubleshooting methods failed, you sometimes need to reset it to zero-day. For this reason, it is very helpful to know how to factory reset in Windows 10.

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If you’re concerned about losing personal files, Windows 10 has a pretty handy option that allows you to factory reset your device while keeping all your files. During the reset process, you will be asked whether you want to perform a hard reset or a more limited one that keeps your files intact.

Still, we highly recommend that you back up your files before rebooting, as there is always a chance that something will go wrong. In this case, prevention is better than cure.

If you need to perform a factory reset in Windows 10, just follow the steps below and we will guide you through the process. With these instructions, your device will be running smoothly again in no time.

How to Factory Reset Windows 10

1. Select Settings from the Start menu. The start menu is located on the toolbar of your Windows 10 device. Just click the Windows icon in the lower left corner of your screen. You can also use the adjacent search bar; just type “settings”.

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2. Select Updates & Security from the settings menu. Once you have loaded the settings menu, select ‘Updates and security’ from the list of options. If you are having trouble locating it, you can use the search bar at the top of the window to find it easily.

3. Select Recovery from the Updates and Security menu. Along the left side of the ‘Updates and security’ menu there will be several different tabs; ‘Recovery’ is what we must select. If you have trouble detecting it, feel free to use the search bar at the top.

4. Click Get Started on Reset this PC. Now that you are on the ‘Recovery’ tab at the top of the window, you should see a heading marked ‘Reset this PC’ and underneath is a short paragraph of text and a button labeled ‘Get started’. Click on this button.

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5. Chosen to delete all or keep files. You will now be given a choice: ‘Delete all’ or ‘Keep my files’. This is self explanatory, but essentially the former will erase your entire device, while the latter will erase your device but preserve your personal files.

6. Decide if you want to erase the entire disk (if you selected ‘Erase all’ in the previous step). Selecting ‘Keep my files’ will start the reset process, so please skip to the next step. If you select ‘Deleted all’, you will be presented with a screen of additional options. Here you have the option of whether you want to delete files from your device or completely erase the drive. We recommend the second option if you want to completely reset your device.

7. Confirm that you want to reset. Before the process fully begins, Windows 10 will ask you for a final confirmation that you definitely want to reset your device. This is the point of no return, so make sure you absolutely want to continue cleaning your device before confirming.

8. Allow the reset process to complete. Now that you have selected to reset your Windows 10 device, there is nothing to do but wait for the process to complete. Depending on the type of reboot you have opted for, as well as the amount stored on the device, this could take up to a couple of hours.

9. Reconfigure your device. Once the reset is complete, Windows 10 will automatically reboot and from here your device should go back to the state it was new. Now you can configure it again.

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