Completely Reset Your Windows PC

Here is how you can completely Reset your Windows PC

One of the main issues many Windows users face is that as time goes by and clutter, software bloat, and other useless services gradually slow down your PC. This can be quite annoying as it creates a whole host of issues, from sluggish performance to app crashes and more.

One of the best and easiest solution to fix most of these issues is to completely reset your PC and remove everything. With previous versions of Windows, this was only possible if you had a Windows installation/recovery disk or ISO available, which you could use to boot into and reinstall Windows.

Thankfully, in Windows 10, Microsoft has built-in a robust reset mechanism with a couple of different options which can allow you to easily reset your PC if needed. In this guide, we will cover how you can do it.

Note: This guide may cause you to lose your data. Before proceeding with this guide, please make sure to backup all your data using our guide over here.

Reset your PC in Windows 10

  1. Open the Settings app (Start + I).
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Recovery in the left pane, as shown in the screenshot below.
  4. You will be presented with multiple options to reset your PC,
    • Reset this PC : If your PC isn’t running well, resetting it might help. This lets you choose to keep your files or remove them, and then reinstall Windows.
    • Go back to an earlier build : If this build isn’t working for you, try going back to an earlier version and Windows will notify you when the next build upgrade is ready.
    • Advanced Startup : Start up your device from a disc or a device such as USB drive or DVD.
  5. To reset your PC, select the first option.
  6. It will give you two further options,
    • Keep my files : Keeps all your files but removes all other applications and settings.
    • Removes everything : Removes everything from your PC, including apps, settings, and personal files.
  7. Choose the option you want to go with. If you choose to Remove everything, it will ask you if you want to just remove the files or also clean the drive. If you are selling your computer to someone else, then select the clean drive option so that your data isn’t recoverable.
  8. Click on Next.
  9. Click on Reset.
  10. Click on Continue to proceed with the reset.