Factory Reset....Some Questions

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  1. Posts : 365
    Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
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    Factory Reset....Some Questions


    O.k....here we go again, another learning curve.....presumably performing a Factory Reset, on a laptop running W10, will wipe everything from it ?.........after doing the said Factory Reset, can I then install an operating system, from a USB drive ?........I mean will all the correct drivers and things needed to run the OS be loaded ?.......never done this before, but always willing to learn........any advice welcomed.......
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  2. Posts : 5,360
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
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    When you reset Windows 10 you have two options, one to delete everything other to keep your personal files.

    When you clean install Windows you will delete all personal files and you may need to after installation install missing device drivers so i would visit laptop or device manufacturer website and download device drivers.
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  3. Posts : 4,637
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    Factory reset usually refers to restoring a factory image which is often on a recovery partition several gb in size. It includes machine specific drivers, oem branding and any oem software.

    There is usually a recovery program of some kind that will offer various things, such as wipe and then restore the precise options and wording vary depending on the oem.

    Downloadable oem recovery media is also possible from some oems depending on the model and year.

    As far as I know, they dont leave the disk blank, they restore the operating system.

    Are you referring to something else?
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  4. Posts : 43,245
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
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    1. Do you wish to keep anything from your existing installation?
    e.g.
    license keys for installed programs
    browser favourites
    personal files
    emails and related data if you use an email client

    If you do, you need to prepare appropriately.

    2. Assuming you have either prepared appropriately or don't need to keep anything then
    - a clean install (see tutorial from the huge searchable Tutorials section) will give you the latest major build.
    As per the Tutorial you create a bootable flash drive (e.g.) using the MS media creation tool (Tutorial available).

    - a factory reset would restore your PC to as bought. E.g. if it was bought with Win 8, Win 8 will be reinstalled, together with any trialware provided.

    - Other Win 10 reset options exist- tutorials available.

    The choice is yours.

    Note: if you are having problems with your PC now, first check your disk and RAM before attempting any of the above.
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  5. Posts : 41,547
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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    Del 80 said:
    performing a Factory Reset, on a laptop running W10, will wipe everything from it ?



    Yes. It will install the image that was created before it left the factory.
    This includes the operating system, drivers, and applications that came with the computer.



    .........after doing the said Factory Reset, can I then install an operating system, from a USB drive ?


    Yes another operating system could be reinstalled.
    However there would be little to be gained as you've just installed the operating system that came with the computer.
    This operating system could be updated using Windows updates.



    ........I mean will all the correct drivers and things needed to run the OS be loaded ?


    A factory reset will install all of the drivers that came with the computer.
    There may have been many driver updates since the factory install.
    When performing Windows updates there will be prompts to perform driver updates.


    .......never done this before, but always willing to learn........any advice welcomed.......

    Backup any important files before performing a factory reset.

    Computer manufacturers may install bloatware (applications that you never use).

    To have the cleanest / leanest installations consider a clean installation.
    A clean install will install default Microsoft drivers.
    To have better performance drivers are installed from the computer or motherboard or component manufacturer websites.




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  6. Posts : 365
    Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
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    Mmmhhh......not very well up on such matters I'm afraid......so a Factory Reset IS a clean install ?........
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  7. Posts : 5,360
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #7

    What is your goal do you want to delete everything and clean install Windows 10?
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  8. Posts : 365
    Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
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    Yes.......I've done clean installs before......is that classed as a Factory Reset ?
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  9. Posts : 5,360
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
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    Factory Reset is where you will use computer manufacturer supplied media, i say forget about factory reset perform Reset from Settings, and we will deal with installing missing drivers.

    In this video guide, i will show you how to reset Windows 10 to remove everything and start over completely with a clean installation of Windows 10 on your PC.
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  10. Posts : 2,175
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #10

    "Factory" reset returns the device to OOBE condition, i.e. as it came Out Of the Box. You will lose everything on it, and it will restore all the proprietary bloatware that you hopefully removed when you bought it.

    You don't want to do this, surely ?

    A system reset will give you the opportunity say whether you want to keep your data or not. You may lose some programs subsequently installed

    Personally, and experientially, I don't trust any of the Windows 3 Rs - Recover, Restore or Reset. If a device has got to such a condition, time for a clean install, or at least restoration of the latest/last image created,
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