How to Factory Reset Windows 10

Jascha Luca
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Maybe your Windows 10 machine is starting to get a little sluggish or buggy and you are starting to see a few more errors than normal.  It might be time to bite the bullet and reset yourself to a fresh new copy of Windows, here we have a nice simple and reasonably quick guide on how to do just that.


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The easy solution is reset your PC to its defaults, removing all your programs, files and everything else that could be causing some of these issues, as well as getting the registry back in perfect order after a long period of installs and uninstalls. In this guide Downloadsource will be using the built-in Windows 10 tool, that will give you a fresh slate to work on without needing a Windows 10 ISO.

How to perform a Factory reset on Windows 10.

To get the ball rolling we first need to remind you that doing a factory reset always has the potential for data loss. Even if this option to keep my files is selected. So it is best to take no chances and make sure everything is backed up safely off your system.

With a backup prepared, you can now start by clicking on the start menu and typing “reset” or “recovery” alternatively you can just manually go into the system settings menu from the sidebar in the start menu.

At this menu You'll be presented with the option to “Reset this PC” or use “Advanced start-up” we will be using the first option “Reset this PC” so click on “Get started” just below the heading. A new window with two options “Keep my files” and “Remove everything” will appear. A quick explanation of what the two options do below:


Keep my files: This setting will uninstall all programs on your computer, however, won't touch files such as documents, pictures, videos and settings. It will uninstall programs you downloaded from the internet and installed from discs, any apps you have installed from the Windows Store will also be removed, but reinstalled afterwards. This is a quick easy way to refresh your computer.

Remove everything: Remove everything does the same as above, however, it doesn’t take hostages, it removes all of your files as well. This is the best way to freshen up your computer and acts like a clean install of Windows 10. Something important to note, though. If your computer shipped with Windows 10 it will still have programs that were preinstalled on it by the manufacturer.

Once you have made your choice the next step:

When you have finally reached a decision on the two opens your computer will be restarted and the process of cleansing will begin. You will need to make sure if you are using a laptop that it is plugged into a power source or have a decent amount of power left, I would suggest no less than 70% as the process can take Minutes or hours depending on how powerful your system is and how much stuff it has to work with data wise. You should also be aware that you will not be able to use your computer for the entire duration of the procedure.

Note: Option two, choosing to remove all the files and completely wipe windows will give you better results, however, it will require you to copy all of your data back onto your system afterwards, taking more time. If you don’t mind spending a little more time doing this than option 2 is best.

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