Zulfiqar Anees

Zulfiqar Anees

Zulfiqar Anees is an entrepreneur, digital marketer, and GoDaddy Pro. Love to explore the challenges, opportunities, and trend insights into what is becoming the third wave of the Internet. He is also contributing to TechEngage as a content writer.


Factory reset Windows 10: Easy methods to Factory reset your windows 10


Do you want to know how to Factory reset your Windows 10 in an easy way? The top one reason may be that you might need to wipe all the information off your PC so that you can sell or recycle it.

You may also want to Factory reset your Windows 10 PC to clean it up for the future purpose. This will be helpful, and your PC will work like a new one, Microsoft has some easy options built into the Windows OS that can systematically Factory reset Windows 10 without formatting all your data. That is if you would like to keep your data, at any step to “Remove everything,” you can instead click the option to keep your all data files.

In this guide, we will explain the complete process of deleting everything for a complete Windows 10 factory reset. Here is everything you must need to know about this.

Factory reset within Windows 10

To get started in performing a Windows 10 factory reset, you need to log into your Windows PC and run the Windows Recovery tool. If your PC is not working properly or you have no access to your account, we will have an alternate method for you further in. Nevertheless, if you do have access the tool via Windows 10, here’s what you need to do.

1. Open the Recovery tool.

You can get access to the tool a number of ways. The speedy way is to click the “Windows Key” to open the Windows search bar, type “Reset” and choose the “Reset this PC” option.

You can also access it by clicking “Windows Key + X” and selecting Settings from the pop-up menu. From there, select “Update & Security” in the new window then Recovery on the left navigation bar.

2. Start the factory reset.

It’s too much easy. From the Recovery tool, simply search the section with the heading “Reset this PC,” which would not be difficult as it will be the quickest one. Below it, you will see a button, “Get started.”

Click on “Get started” button, and a new window will open in a pop-up, notifying you to “Keep my files” or “Remove everything.” For a bona fide factory reset, click on “Remove everything.” If you just want to refresh your PC and keep your data, select “Keep my files.”

Note: Make sure your PC or laptop is charging, as Windows 10 cannot start a reset if the device is not plugged in.

Once you have chosen the option you want, Windows 10 will prepare the reset.

If you chose to remove everything, Windows would prompt you one more time. You will have the option to remove every file using the “simply Just remove my files” option, or to have Windows also format the drive using the “Remove files and a clean drive.”

The latter option is more safe and secure, as it reduces the chances of someone recovering the data from your PC. If you are going to selling or recycling your PC or laptop, you must choose this option.

Note: If your PC has multiple drives, Windows may ask whether you want to format them as well, or whether you want to format only the drive where Windows is installed.

Factory reset without logging in

If you cannot log on to Windows 10 PC, then don’t feel the agitation. We have an alternate method for you to Factory reset Windows 10 and your PC. The output will be the same as the above method, but the way to get there will be little different.

1. Access the Advanced startup tool.

You have 2 ways to access the Advanced startup tool.

Find out if your PC starts up, and you can access the Windows log-in screen. If you can, click the on-screen power button, and while pressing the Shift key, click the restart button. Your PC will restart and take you to the Advanced startup tool.

However, if your PC is not booting into Windows properly, you can go to the Advanced startup tool by power-cycling your PC instead. This is done by powering up the PC then pressing the power button to shut it down before it fully boots. Perform this process three times. On the next startup, your PC should go into the Advanced startup tool.

2. Go to the reset tool.

To get to the reset tool, you need to perform a factory reset by selecting Troubleshoot -> Reset this PC in the Advanced startup tool.

3. Start the Factory resets.

To start the factory reset, choose “Remove everything” or “Keep my files,” depending on why you are performing the factory reset.

You will see the option to “just remove my files” or “remove files and clean drive.”  Now again, the latter will be the more secure option, if your plan is to selling your PC or laptop or giving it away. It will write over any of the data on the drive, making it more difficult for someone want to recover any of your old data and files.

Note: If your PC has multiple drives, Windows may ask you if you would like to format those other drives as well, or only delete the drive where Windows is installed.


How to reset your Mac to factory settings with 7 steps

Reset your Mac to factory settings

To resell or repair a Mac, you need to reset it to the factory settings to guide you in this task follow this tutorial.

Before reselling or transferring your Mac, it is essential to delete your personal data. Good news is that erasing data on a Mac is not complicated, but before the “we erase everything and we start again”, you will have to go through 7 steps.

1- Clone your Mac hard drive

Restoring a MacBook to factory settings will erase all your data stored on it. You must first transfer all data to another Mac, via a backup. Cloning your entire hard drive is the best option because it’s a perfect copy of your disk structure and its contents.

Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper are perfect programs to clone your hard drive (both have a free trial version; the options are paid for). To clone your drive, you will need an external hard drive and one of these programs. For this tutorial, we chose to use Carbon Copy Cloner (image above).

  • Launch the program then choose your hard drive said source and destination, and click Clone, bottom right of the screen.
  • Now you should be able to boot your Mac from your cloned external drive.
  • To do this, restart your Mac by holding down the Option key (between the Crtl and Cmd key).
  • Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, select the external hard drive and press Enter.
  • This cloned drive can be cloned back to primary disk again if your goal is to restore your Mac or it can be used to access all the original files on your computer, in case of cleaning your internal drive.

2- Remove access authorization to iTunes

Before you separate from your Mac, remove the authorization to access your iTunes account. This means that your computer will no longer be associated with your iTunes account.

The method to use depends on the version of your system:

Go to iTunes, and then click Account → Permissions → Remove Access Permission from This Computer. Enter your Apple ID and password, and then click Remove Access Permission.

You will also need to remove the authorization from third-party programs such as Photoshop and disconnect from iCloud.

3- Disable FileVault

FileVault encrypts the files on your hard disk, so you do not have to leave it on because you are cleaning it. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Open System Preferences and click Security and Privacy.
  2. Select the FileVault
  3. On the right side of the screen, you’ll see Enable FileVault, if it’s grayed out, it’s not enabled. This is confirmed below by “FileVault is disabled for “Mac HD” disk.
  4. To disable it, first, click on the padlock, bottom left, enter your password, and then disable FileVault.

4- Disable iCloud

Disable iCloud is very simple:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select iCloud and click Log Off at the bottom left.
  3. Then, to delete all your personal data, in the window that opens uncheck the boxes of iCloud Drive … then click Continue.

5- Restart your Mac in Safe Mode

First of all, make sure you are connected to the internet, this is necessary for the installation of macOS. Then follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Apple icon.
  2. Hold down the Command [cmd] and R keys until the Disk Utility window in Safe Mode appears.

6- Erase your Mac hard drive

Before following this mini-tutorial, it is advisable to have cloned the hard drive beforehand (see above). Once done, do the following:

  1. Select Disk Utility (Application).
  2. Now, choose your main disk (normally named Mac HD), and then click
  1. Select the Erase tab and click Erase to empty your entire hard drive.
  1. Quit the utility. Select Disk Utility → Exit Disk Utility.

7- Reinstall macOS

The final stretch before the rebirth of your Mac! Follow these two small steps:

  1. Click Reinstall under Mac OS Utilities, and then click Continue. Follow the instructions on your screen. This will allow you to load and install a blank copy of macOS without data on your Mac.
  2. If you plan to give up your computer, do not enter your Apple ID or password during this step.

The new owner will finalize the installation.

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