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How Do I Reset Windows 10 to Its Default Settings?

If your Windows 10 machine is not running well and you cannot find the root of the problem, resetting the system to its default state may help. Here is how to do it using the built-in feature of Windows 10.

Warning: Resetting the operating system may cause data loss. It is a good idea to back up your files, especially those stored on the C drive, before you start the tutorial.

1. Go to Start -> Settings.

Windows 10 Settings

2. In the Settings window, scroll to the bottom of grid, and select the Update & security option.

Windows 10 Update and Security Settings

3. Select the Recovery option on the left side to continue.

Windows 10 Recovery

4. Find the Reset this PC option, and click Get started.

Reset Windows 10

5. Windows will then ask you to choose between two options: Keep my files (but remove apps and settings) or Remove everything. The latter option will restore your computer to its default state. To continue, choose the one that best suits your needs. In this tutorial, I decided to keep my personal files.

Reset Windows 10 step 1

6. The system will then scan for a list of apps that will be removed and present the list in the window. It will also create a list of removed apps for you on the desktop so that you can reinstall everything you need when the reset process completes. Click Next to continue. For apps that you downloaded from the the store, you can reinstall them easily by signing in to your account.

Reset Windows 10 Step 2

7. When you are ready, click Reset to start the process.

Reset Windows 10 Step 3

While the computer resets, it will be restarted several times to install all the necessary drivers and software. However, this process happens automatically, so you do not have to do anything. The duration of this process depends on your computer speed and the amount of data needs to be erased. In my personal test, it took 15 minutes to complete.

Reset Windows 10 in progress

Reset Windows 10 in progress

Lê Hoàng
Lê Hoàng
When not creating exciting new Android games, Lê Hoàng is here crafting tutorials, tweaks, and fixes for your enjoyment.
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