If you want to know how to restore Windows to factory settings, we will cover you right here.
Windows factory reset is a useful process as a last resort to fix a problem or if you want to sell an old device and want it to be factory new.
Fortunately, the process is simple and we will take you every step of the way, whether you use a huge gaming computer or a cheaper laptop.
So, without further ado, here’s how to restore Windows to factory settings.
The short version
- Open the Settings menu
- Go to Updates & Security
- Select “Recovery” from the sidebar
- Click the Getting Started button.
- Select either “Remove all” or “Save my files”
First, you need to open the Settings menu. To do this, either go to the “Start” menu and click on the gear icon, or enter “Settings” in the search bar at the bottom.
Go to Updates & Security
Once you enter the main settings menu, you will be greeted with a panel with various options. Since we’re resetting Windows to factory settings, we’ll need to go to Updates and Security.
Select “Recovery” from the sidebar
When you enter the Updates and Security menu, scroll to the left side, where you’ll see a sidebar. From there, click the option labeled “Recovery” – this is about halfway down the list.
Click the Getting Started button.
At the top of the Recovery menu there is an option labeled “Reset this computer”. Below the ad slot, you’ll see a button labeled “Get Started” – clicking on it will open the reset menu.
Select either “Remove all” or “Save my files”
You can now select “Remove All” or “Save My Files”. The first option will delete your entire device, while the second option will remove everything except your personal files.
Selecting “Save My Files” will begin the reset process, while pressing “Remove All” will display another screen where you can choose to remove files from your device or delete the device completely. If you want to reset the device completely, we suggest you choose the second option.
Sometimes it can be useful for troubleshooting the operating system, but it will not deal with every single problem, especially if there is a hardware defect.
Yes, the computer will run faster when less data is stored on the hard disk. But as you download more apps and games, etc., your computer will gradually become slower.