Resetting Windows 10 can be useful if you’re experiencing issues with your computer or if you want to start with a clean slate. When you reset Windows 10, it reinstalls the operating system while keeping your personal files, and it can either keep or remove your installed apps and settings, depending on the options you choose. Here’s how to reset Windows 10:
Important: Before you proceed with a reset, make sure to back up your important files to an external storage device or cloud storage to avoid data loss.
- Open Settings: Click on the “Start” button in the lower-left corner of your screen and then click the gear-shaped “Settings” icon, or you can press “Windows + I” on your keyboard to open the Settings app.
- Go to Update & Security: In the Settings window, click on “Update & Security.”
- Choose Recovery: In the left-hand menu, select “Recovery.”
- Reset This PC: Under the “Reset this PC” section, click on the “Get started” button.
- Choose an Option:
- Keep my files: This option will remove apps and settings but keep your personal files. It’s a good choice if you want to start fresh with a clean installation while keeping your data intact.
- Remove everything: This option will remove all your personal files, apps, and settings, essentially giving you a completely clean slate. Use this with caution, as it will erase everything.
- Cleaning and Reinstallation: Follow the on-screen instructions, and your computer will begin the reset process. The system will be cleaned and the necessary files will be reinstalled.
- Completing the Setup: After the reset is complete, follow the on-screen setup process to configure your Windows 10 settings and user account.
Please note that the reset process might take some time, and your computer will restart several times during the process. Be patient and follow the on-screen instructions. Once the process is finished, your computer should be back to a fresh state, depending on the reset option you chose.