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How to Reset a Windows 10 Computer

A lot of people have faced problems with Windows 10 and have reverted back to Windows 8 or earlier builds. If you’re a believer in Windows 10, and feel like you can live with it, it might be a good idea to do a factory reset of your computer in order to remove all the unnecessary data from your computer and start fresh, just like Microsoft intended you to use it.

Resetting your computer is not some rocket science, and you can get started with it pretty easily. There are some things that you must keep in mind though.

Things to Keep in Mind Before Resetting your Computer

There are a few things to keep in mind when you reset your Windows 10 computer. Here’s  a checklist to make things easier for you.

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  • All your data on the Windows Operating System drive will be lost, so make sure you create a backup of that data on an external hard drive or flash drive.
  • It is a good idea to have a recovery disk ready for your computer in case something goes wrong. You can learn more about creating your own recovery disk at  an earlier tutorial I wrote.
  • In Windows 10, there are a few reset modes and it is really important to choose the one that you need.
    • Keep Files – In this mode, Windows will refresh your computer, while making a backup of all your user files and programs. Nothing will be lost.
    • Remove all files – In this mode, everything that you installed or added to your computer will be removed. It will still have all the things that came with the new computer or laptop.
    • Remove all files and revert to the version of Windows this Laptop came with – You can do this mode if you want to revert back to an earlier version of Windows installed on your computer. It will do that while deleting all your files.

Reset your Windows 10 Computer

I hope by now you have decided which mode of reset you want to use for your computer. In my case, I chose the “Remove all files” mode because my laptop came installed with Windows 8, and I had no intention of going back to that version. Here are the steps to reset your computer easily.

  1. Open your Start menu and search for “Reset this PC”. Launch this Windows tool to reset your computer.
  2. Next, choose that you want to reset this computer indeed.
  3. Give Windows a few seconds to work on something and then when it asks for your option, choose the option that suits your need and click continue.
  4. Follow the on screen options and finally click reset at the last screen that comes at you.

Depending on the mode you selected, Windows will take about 1-3 hours to reset your computer and at the end of which, you will have a factory fresh Windows 10 computer.

I hope the tutorial above helped you reset your Windows 10 computer if that’s what you were looking for. If you faced any problem during the process, feel free to get in touch via the comments section below.

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