Top 6 Ways To Factory Reset Windows 10 or 11

Your PC might need a fresh start if it is running slow or making you irritated while working on it. Resetting your Windows 10 or 11 operating system can assist you in getting rid of many issues your PC might be facing. In addition, it will bring your desktop or laptop back to its optimal performance. 

How to Reset Windows 10

Step 1: Go to the Start button, which is usually the Windows icon on the left bottom side.

Step 2: Click on Settings. 

Step 3: Move to the Update & Security. 

Step 4: Now, tap on Recovery, and then on Reset This PC. 

Step 5: Click on Get Started. 

Step 6: Choose Keep My Files.

Step 7: Select the right option – local or cloud. 

Step 8: Change your settings. 

Step 9: Set Restore Pre-installed Apps to No. 

Step 10: Wait till your PC restarts after the completion of the Windows Reset process. 

How to Reset Windows 11

Step 1: Open the Settings app after clicking on the Start button on your PC with the Windows 11 operating system. The Start button is the Windows icon. 

Step 2: Go to the System, and then to Recovery. 

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Step 3: Now, click on Reset PC, which is next to Reset This PC.

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Step 4: Choose Keep My Files.

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Step 5: Select either local or cloud.

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Step 6: Change your settings. 

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Step 7: Set Restore Pre-installed Apps to No.

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Step 8: Let your PC complete the resetting process. 

To give a fresh start to your PC, you can apply the following steps for your Windows 10 or 11 operating systems. The steps might be different. However, most of the steps are the same for both Windows operating systems. The ways are as follows:

Remove an Installed Windows Update if an update slows down your PC

Step 1: Go to the Settings app after tapping on the Start button on your PC. 

Step 2: Tap on Windows Update. 

Step 3: Now, move to Update History.

Step 4: Click on Uninstall Updates

Step 5: Choose the updates from the displayed list and choose Uninstall. 

Use the Startup Repair Function if your PC is still loading 

Step 1: Go to the Power button and keep it holding for 10 seconds. It will turn off your PC. 

Step 2: Press the power button again to make your PC start. 

Step 3: Hold down the power button for ten seconds as you see the Windows logo on your computer screen. 

Step 4: Now, press the power button to turn your device on again. 

Step 5: Go to the power button and hold it again for ten seconds to make it go off. 

Step 6: Turn on your desktop/laptop by holding its power button. 

Step 7: Let it start fully this time. 

Step 8: Choose Advanced Options. 

Step 9: Opt for Troubleshoot on the screen of Choose an option. 

Step 10: Now move to Advanced options, Startup Repair, and then Restart.  

Use installation media to install your Windows 10 or 11 again

Step 1: Create installation media and connect it to your PC. 

Step 2: Go to the File Explorer and choose the drive that contains the created installation media. 

Step 3: Double-click on a file named setup.exe in the root drive directory. 

Step 4: Choose Yes when asked.

Step 5: Allow the app to make the required changes to your PC. 

Step 6: Choose Change What to Keep. 

Step 7: Select Next after choosing one of the displayed options – Keep Personal Files and Apps, Keep Personal Files Only, Keep Nothing. 

Step 8: Choose Install to start reinstalling Windows 10 or 11 on your PC. 

Restore from a System Restore Point 

Step 1: Go to the Control Panel after typing the same in the search bar and selecting it from the results. 

Step 2: Type Recovery in the search bar of the Control Panel. 

Step 3: Click on Open System Restore after choosing Recovery. 

Step 4: Choose Next in the Restore System Files and Settings option. 

Step 5: Select a restore point from the displayed list and click on Scan for Affected Programs. Select Show More Restore Points if you do not see a restore point. 

Step 6: Choose Close, Next, and then Finish if you have no issue with the deletions. 

Go back to the previous Windows version 

Step 1: Go to the Settings application after clicking on the Start button. 

Step 2: Move to System and the Recovery. 

Step 3: Select Go Back which is next to Go Back. It will keep your files and remove drivers and apps that you installed in the last ten days.   

Use a Recovery Drive to Recover or Restore Your Device

Step 1: Connect a recovery drive to your desktop/laptop with Windows 10 or 11. 

Step 2: Press the L key and Windows logo key together.

Step 3: Restart your PC by choosing the Power button and Restart option. 

Step 4: Let your computer start in WinRE or Windows Recovery Environment. 

Step 5: Choose Troubleshoot on the Choose an option screen. 

Step 6: Select System Restore after choosing Advanced Options to restore your PC with a system restore point. 

Step 7: Choose Advanced Options and then Recover from a drive to reinstall your Windows 10 or 11 operating system

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