Some Simple Ways to Reset Windows 10

Some Simple Ways to Reset Windows 10

If your Windows 10 computer is experiencing problems you can choose to Refresh, Reset or Restore to restore the problem. If you choose to reset your Windows 10 computer, all user accounts will be deleted, the settings will be restored to their original state.

Part 1. What happens after resetting your Windows 10 machine?

After resetting your Windows 10 computer:

– After resetting your Windows 10 computer, the files will be wiped clean or will be kept, depending on your requirements.

– All personal applications will be removed.

– All user accounts will be deleted.

– All settings on your Windows 10 computer will return to their original default state.

– If you have more than one drive (partition area) on the Windows disk, you can choose to delete all the files only on the Windows drive or all the drives on the disk.

– All applications, programs and drivers that you have installed will be removed.

Resetting your Windows 10 computer is pretty simple, but it takes about 1 to 2 hours.

Part 2: Reset your Windows 10 computer

1. Reset your Windows 10 computer by retaining individual files

Apply this way if you want to reinstall Windows 10 without losing the files.

Step 1:

First open the Settings app by clicking the Settings icon in the left pane of the Start Menu, or pressing the Windows+I.

Step 2:

In the Settings window, find and click on Update & security.

Step 3:

Next, click the Recovery icon to see the Reset this PC option.

Step 4:

At Reset this PC, click on Get started button to open the Choose an option window.

Step 5:

On the Choose an option window, you will see two options:

  • Keep my files.
  • Remove everything.

If you do not want to delete all personal files such as documents and images, you click the option named Keep my files.

Step 6:

Next you will see a list of applications that will be removed during the reset of the operating system on the computer. Click Next to continue.

Step 7:

At this time, a warning window will appear on the screen. Click Next to perform the next steps.

Step 8:

On the Ready to reset this PC screen, click Reset to restart the computer and start the reset process. The process takes about 20 minutes to an hour.

Step 9:

Once the reset process is complete, you will see the lock screen displayed on the screen. Click on the Lock Screen then enter your username and password to access your Windows 10 Desktop.

2. Reset your Windows 10 computer by wiping out everything

Step 1:

First open the Settings app, then navigate to Update & security => Recovery.

Step 2:

At Reset this PC, click on Get Started.

Step 3:

On the Choose an option screen, click Remove everything.

Step 4:

If your computer has more than 2 drives, you will see on the screen Your PC has more than one drive with two options:

  • Only where Windows is installed.
  • All drives.

It is recommended that you click the Only option where Windows is installed. If you select the All drives option, you should back up all data on all drives so that no important data is lost.

Select the option Show me the list of drives that will be affected to see the list of drives will be affected if you click the All drives option.

After you click the option “Only the drive where Windows is installed to proceed”.

Step 5:

Next on screen Do you want to clean the drives, too? Here you click to select Just remove my files if you want to reset Windows 10 quickly by deleting the file.

Choose option Removes files and clean the drive if you want to delete the files safely.

Step 6:

At this time the alert window displays. Click Next to continue.

Step 7:

Finally, on the Ready to reset this PC screen, click Reset to restart the computer and start the process of resetting your Windows 10 computer.

Depending on the option you chose and the data size, the process takes about 20 to 120 minutes.

Step 8:

Once the reset process is complete, you will see the lock screen displayed on the screen. Click on the Lock Screen then enter your username and password to access your Windows 10 Desktop.

3. Reset Windows 10 from Boot

1. Boot into the Advanced Startup option, then click on Troubleshoot.

2. Click Reset your PC.

3. Next, click on Remove everything.

4. If the Insert Media message appears on the screen, you must insert the Windows 10 Installation media or Recovery disc to continue.

5. If prompted, click on the Windows 10 installation you want to reset.

6. If your Windows 10 computer has more than one drive (partition), the next step is to choose to delete all files from the Windows drive or from all drives.

7. Select Just remove my files or Fully clean the drive to delete the drive you want.

Note:

Just remove my files option: Speeds up the format faster and does not take much time. Your files can be restored by other users.

Fully clean the drive option: Wipe your hard drive completely by overwriting files, so it is very difficult to recover files. This process lasts for hours.

8. Next click Reset to begin the reset process of your computer.

9. Wait until the process finishes, your computer will have to restart several times during the process.

10. After the process is finished, select your country of residence, App language, Keyboard layout, and time zone, then click Next.

11. Click Accept.

12. If you use a wireless network card, you must set up and connect to the wireless network by selecting any wireless network, then entering the password and then clicking Next.

13. Next, click Use express setting or Customize settings to continue installation.

If you select the Customize settings option:

Next you can set it off or open Personalization and Location if you want, then click Next.

15. Turn off or open Connectivity and error reporting, and then click Next.

If you select the Use Express settings option:

16. You can set it off or open Browser, protection, and update if you want, then click Next.

17. At this point, Windows will check your Internet connection.

  • If you have an Internet connection: go to step 18.
  • If you do not have an Internet connection: Follow step 20B.

18. Select the user name, then click Next.

Note:

On the Windows 10 Home edition you do not see this setting.

With Windows 10 Pro:

– My organization = Domain.

– I own it = Local home PC.

With Windows 10 Enterprise:

– Join Azure AD: Choose this option if you use Office 365 or service business from Microsoft.

– Join a domain: This option allows you to set up Windows using the Local account. After the process is over, you can join a domain (domain) or switch to a Microsoft account.

19. If you are logged in as a Microsoft account, follow the steps below:

20. Set up Windows using a Microsoft account:

Note: Download Microsoft Account:

– You use your email address and password to login to Windows.

– When you sign in with your Microsoft account, your computer connects to the cloud (cloud service).

– Your friends’ contact information and status will automatically update on Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other accounts.

– You can access and share images, documents and other files on OneDrive, Facebook, Flickr and other accounts without having to sign in to these applications.

– Your personal settings are synced with any Windows 8 and Windows 10-based PCs you log in, including your favorite themes, languages, browsers and applications.

– You can access, download applications on Windows Store and use these applications on computers running Windows 8 and Windows 10 that you are logged on.

– You can automatically sign in to applications and services that use the Windows Live ID for authentication.

A, enter your email address and password to your Microsoft account, then click Sign in.

B, If you have to verify 2 steps to open a Microsoft account, select how you want to receive the code, then click Next.

C, Enter the code you received, then click Next.

D, If you want to use PIN code with Microsoft account on Windows 10, you click PIN me. Or if you do not want to click on the Skip this step link.

You can then add, change or delete the PIN.

E, if you want to use OneDrive with Microsoft account, click Next. If you do not want to, you click the Save New Files link only to this PC by default. You can then set to open or turn off OneDrive.

F, If you want to use Cortana with Microsoft account on Windows 10, you click Next. If you do not want to click on the Not now link. You can set Cortana on or off if you want.

Perform next step 22.

21. Set up Windows using a local account:

Note: Local account:

– You use the username and password to log on to Windows 10 just as you would on Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

– Local accounts only allow you to access your computer.

– All settings are not synchronized with other computers you use.

A, click the Skip this step link.

B, enter username, password and password hint Local account, then click Next and proceed to step 25.

22. After the installation process is complete, the Windows 10 interface appears on the screen.

23. Click Yes or No to open Network Discovery.

24. Make sure you have set the correct time zone, date and time.

25. Install any driver on your device.