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.