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How to Factory Reset Windows 10

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Factory reset Windows 10 is often known as the “nuclear solution” as it solves most of the problems we encounter while using the computer. If you start to notice that the computer performance has become very slow in an exaggerated way, and despite that, there are no viruses or any malicious software on the computer, this is the result of damage or loss of some important files responsible for the system configuration settings.

Because many programs are installed and removed, so multiple processes are recorded in the system registry. Over time, this will corrupt some files that manage and operate the system. To get rid of all the problems, do a factory reset.

Fortunately, there is more than one method that Windows 10 provides to restore the system’s default settings. It is worth noting that if you choose either the first or second method, you will not have to re-login with your Microsoft account or activate Windows again.

We will show how to easily factory reset Windows 10 in more than one way. The first way will help you perform a factory reset and keep all your personal files as they are on the storage disk. While the second would erase everything.

Reset Windows 10 to Factory Settings:

A factory reset was very complicated in old Windows systems, but it became very smooth with a few clicks with Windows 10. Just type “Settings” in the search box on the taskbar to open the settings window.

After that, click on Security & Updates, and on the left of the window click on Recovery then on Get Started tab under “Reset This PC”.

Two options will appear. The first is Keep My Files, which will restore factory settings and delete all applications installed on the operating system (that you installed yourself) such as games, media programs, Internet browsers, Microsoft Office package, and all other programs. However, it will not delete any important or personal data from the storage disk. So, if you have important or necessary files on the C drive, we recommend this option since it won’t remove any content.

The second option is to Remove everything. This will omit all files in the C drive, in addition to all programs that you have installed or settings that you previously configured for the system. If you want to go for this option, you should before save your important files that are on the C drive in a safe place. If you do not find enough space on your storage disk, you can use secure cloud services.

In the fourth step, you will be asked how you want to reinstall Windows; Cloud download or Local reinstall. The cloud option pulls Windows installation files from the internet, which is a great feature if your Windows 10 “source” file has become corrupted as a result of viruses or some files have been accidentally deleted from it. As long as you have a stable internet connection, this is the best method and will not require more than 4GB of bandwidth. On the other hand, if you have an original “image” of your Windows 10 system on your computer, you can choose the second option “Local reinstall” and then search for its path from local storage.

You should give high importance to the next step. Windows 10 will show you some options that you can enable or disable. If you activate the first option, “Clean data”, all data and files on the storage disk where the operating system is installed will be deleted. Be careful, you should not lean on this option at all unless you plan to sell the storage disk because it reduces the possibility of recovering deleted files, and thus it protects your privacy better. Therefore, never activate it unless necessary.

The second option “Delete Files from all drives” is similar to the nuclear option. It will not only erase all data on the Windows storage disk but will erase everything even on other disks, external disks, and any type of storage disk connected via anything to the computer. Never try to enable this option unless you want to get rid of your computer and sell all your hard drives.

As for the third option, which is “Download Windows”, if you have an image of Windows 10 on your computer, activate it, then search for the location of the image and click on Confirm and then Reset. After that, Windows system reset will start, follow the guided steps until the factory reset process is completed smoothly to the end.

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