You will need to reset your Windows 10 PC in order to make it run more smoothly or fix some issues. Fortunately, it’s easy to reset computer to factory settings.

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So, if your computer isn’t delivering the best or has been making life extremely difficult for your work, reset it to improve its functionality. There are some smart ways through which you can clean up the files and apps and make your PC start afresh. Let’s find out!

How to Reset Windows 10 PC

How to Reset Windows 10 PC

Step #1. Click on the gear icon in the Start menu to go to Settings.

Step #2. Next, you need to select “Update & security”. Then, click Recovery in the left pane.

Step #3. Now, you have to click on Get Started under Reset This PC.

Next up, click on “Keep my files” in order to remove apps and settings but keep personal files.


Click on Remove everything in order to get rid of all the apps, settings and personal files.

You can select any of the options as per your need. In this test, I’m going to remove everything.

Step #4. Now, either choose Remove my files or Remove files and clean the drive.

Cleaning the drive will take some time. I will select Remove my files.

Step #5. Now, Windows will warn you that you won’t be allowed to undo the upgrade and go back to a previous version of the OS. Click on Next.

Step #6. Click on Reset.

Now, Windows will begin the process of resetting your device. You will have to wait for some time until the process is completed successfully. Once it’s done, click on Continue.

That’s done! You have reset your Windows 10. You can now restore the backup as usual.

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How to Refresh Windows 10 PC

Microsoft introduced a new Refresh tool for Windows 10. It downloads the latest version of Windows 10 and refreshes the PC. You will need 3GB of available storage and internet connection to refresh your PC.

Windows 10 Refresh won’t let you re-install any applications. In order to reinstall hardware drivers, you need to run Windows Update under Settings → Update & security → Windows Update once installation has completed. You will get the option to keep your personal files.

How to Use a System Image on Windows 10

If you don’t want to remove personal settings and installed applications, create an image of the entire system. You can easily create an ISO image of Windows system. There are some handy third party tools like Macrium Reflect which can let you do so with ease.

How to Use Installation Media on Windows 10

Just in case your PC doesn’t boot or you have limited Internet bandwidth, using installation media could be a better option than Reset or Refresh.

If you don’t have installation media, you can create your own Windows 10 installation media with the use of Windows Media Creation Tool.

If you need to re-install a particular version of Windows 10, you may be able to

To reinstall a particular version of Windows 10, you will be able to download the respective ISO file free from Microsoft and create your own install disc with the use of Rufus.

Before going ahead with the Windows 10 setup, make sure to boot into the UEFI / BIOS and also ensure that boot order prioritizes booting from installation media.

Then, insert your installation media and allow your computer boot into the Windows setup. Next, go ahead with the on-screen instructions.

That’s it!

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