How to Reset Windows 10 to Default Factory Settings

How to Reset Windows 10 to Default Factory Settings

Over a period of time, most Windows systems become sluggish, sometimes to the point where we cannot use it to its full potential. There are several reasons for this, such as installing tons of programs, not uninstalling programs correctly, virus or malware infections, messing with system files or settings, etc. When your system becomes practically unstable or unusable, the first thought is to reinstall the system and get rid of all the problems.

But Windows 10 has a built-in option that lets you reset your system to the default factory settings, which is way faster and better than completely reinstalling the operating system. This is no different than what you do in your mobile phones. Here is how you can reset Windows to the default factory settings.

What Resetting Does to Your PC

As I said before, resetting your Windows PC is just like resetting your mobile phone. When you reset your Windows 10 machine, you will lose any and all of the installed programs, personal settings, and configurations. However, you will still have the option to keep your personal files that are stored in your C drive. So before resetting your PC, it is always a good idea to have a backup of your personal settings and programs’ settings, if possible.

Reset Windows 10 to Default Factory Settings

Resetting Windows 10 is very easy and straightforward. To start, click on the Notifications icon in the taskbar, and then select the “All Settings” option.


With the settings panel opened, scroll down and select the “Update and Security” option.


In the Update and Security window, select the “Recovery” option in the left pane, and then click on the “Get Started” button under the “Reset this PC” section.


The above action takes you to the “Choose an option” screen. Here you will be presented with two options: either you can remove everything, including your personal files, or you can keep your personal files and remove everything else, like your installed programs and configured settings.

Since no one wants to delete their personal files, and just to be on the safe side, choose the “Keep my files” option.


Now your Windows machine will scan your PC and list all the programs that will be removed by the PC reset process. The good thing is that Windows will save a list of all the removed programs, and the list can be accessed from the desktop once the reset process has been completed. Just click on the “Next” button to continue.


In this screen Windows 10 tells you that it is going to reinstall the Windows 10 operating system without removing your personal files and folders. Click on the “Reset” button to start the reset process.


Windows will now start resetting and will restore your Windows PC to the factory defaults.


Once you are done resetting your PC, you can access the list of removed programs from your desktop so that you can reinstall them easily.

On the other hand, you can also reset your PC from the Advance Startup menu which can be accessed while you are booting the system. This is especially helpful if you can’t even boot into your Windows system. However, the thing to keep in mind while using the reset option from the Advanced Startup menu is that you should not select the “Fully clean the drive” option, as it will wipe your entire hard drive.


Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about resetting your Windows 10 PC.

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  1. When installing Windows 10 I was given the choice of “32 bit ir 64 bit” installation Since I was using 64 bit I did not load 32 bit option, was this a good move and if not then can I add the 32 bit option now?

    1. Hi Ken,
      If your hardware supports 64bit then there usually isn’t any reason to use a 32bit operating system. You would have to reinstall Windows10 to get it back to 32bit. Note that this can be particularly unwise if you have more than 4GB of RAM (or ever plan on having more), as 4GB is the limit for 32bit Windows. You can still use 32bit applications in 64bit Windows.

      1. Let’s also not forget that 32-bit applications will still work on a 64-bit versions as well.

  2. How do we just reset windows and not affect the apps/programs we installed?

  3. will i be able to back to windows 7 after reset

  4. Nice….! It really works

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