Need help resetting windows


  1. Posts : 45
    windows 10 pro
       #1

    Need help resetting windows


    Hi, is there a way to fully reset windows 10?
    I've used the built in tools with windows to reset the pc and after it restarts things still remain - my desktop wallpaper is still the same, my user account is still there, most of all the problem I was trying to remove is still there too.
    I've also tried the option to 'remove everything' (or some similar name) and after 4 hours of waiting it just gives the message that something went wrong and no changes have been made....

    Is there any way to do a completely fresh install without having to format the entire thing and boot the installation media from usb?
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    Posts : 31,387
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    Hi, it would be wise to check your disk to make sure there's no underlying cause.

    E.g. HD Tune - smart parameters, can also do a surface scan (Error scan tab); Hard Disk Sentinel (trial) is very good.

    If your disk is ok, you might wish to consider an in-place upgrade repair install rather than wiping everything:
    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade | Windows 10 Tutorials
    This keeps all programs and data and most settings.
    You will need an iso of the same build, base language and 'bitness' (x64 or x32) as appropriate- you can use heidoc's tool to get older ones if necessary.
    Is there any way to do a completely fresh install without having to format the entire thing and boot the installation media from usb?
    Perhaps an in-place upgrade repair install is what you seek here?


    Reset:
    From the extensive Tutorial section here:
    Reset etc:
    Reset Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    - but it seems your Windows may be corrupt, or your disk faulty, and this fails from what you say.

    Clean install
    Failing that, you can do a clean install- which (and see tutorial) means deleting all (up to 4) Windows partitions:
    Clean Install Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    You will need to download an iso to do that, freely available.
    Download Windows 10 ISO File | Windows 10 Tutorials
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Those are the sledgehammer approaches- naturally we don't know what problems you are actually experiencing.
    Less drastic approaches start with
    a. check the disk
    b. run chkdsk c: /scan from an admin command prompt
    c. run SFC /SCANNOW from an admin command prompt
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  3. Posts : 45
    windows 10 pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    dalchina said:
    Hi, it would be wise to check your disk to make sure there's no underlying cause.

    E.g. HD Tune - smart parameters, can also do a surface scan (Error scan tab); Hard Disk Sentinel (trial) is very good.

    If your disk is ok, you might wish to consider an in-place upgrade repair install rather than wiping everything:
    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade | Windows 10 Tutorials
    This keeps all programs and data and most settings.
    You will need an iso of the same build, base language and 'bitness' (x64 or x32) as appropriate- you can use heidoc's tool to get older ones if necessary.

    Perhaps an in-place upgrade repair install is what you seek here?


    Reset:
    From the extensive Tutorial section here:
    Reset etc:
    Reset Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    - but it seems your Windows may be corrupt, or your disk faulty, and this fails from what you say.

    Clean install
    Failing that, you can do a clean install- which (and see tutorial) means deleting all (up to 4) Windows partitions:
    Clean Install Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    You will need to download an iso to do that, freely available.
    Download Windows 10 ISO File | Windows 10 Tutorials
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Those are the sledgehammer approaches- naturally we don't know what problems you are actually experiencing.
    Less drastic approaches start with
    a. check the disk
    b. run chkdsk c: /scan from an admin command prompt
    c. run SFC /SCANNOW from an admin command prompt
    thanks for all that info, I'll give it another try :)
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