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    Reset Windows 10

    How to Reset Windows 10
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    18 Jul 2017
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    How to Reset Windows 10

    information   Information
    Resetting lets you choose whether to keep your files or remove them, and then reinstalls Windows.

    For more information, see:

    Option What it does
    Keep my files
    • This is to refresh Windows 10.
    • Reinstalls Windows 10 and keeps your personal files.
    • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
    • Removes changes you made to settings.
    • Removes any apps your PC manufacturer installed. (If your PC came with Windows 10, apps from your PC manufacturer will be reinstalled.)
    Remove everything
    • This is to reset Windows 10.
    • Reinstalls Windows 10 and removes all your personal files.
    • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
    • Removes changes you made to settings.
    • Removes any apps your PC manufacturer installed. (If your PC came with Windows 10, apps from your PC manufacturer will be reinstalled.)
    • If you're planning to donate, recycle, or sell your PC, use this option and choose to fully clean the drive. This might take an hour or two, but it makes it harder for other people to recover files you've removed.
    Restore factory settings
    • This is to do a factory restore on an OEM PC that came preinstalled with Windows 10.
    • Reinstalls the version of Windows that your PC came with and removes your personal files.
    • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
    • Removes changes you made to settings.
    • Reinstalls any apps your PC manufacturer installed on your PC.
    • This option isn't available on all PCs.


    This tutorial 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.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to reset Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    Resetting a Windows To Go workspace is not supported.



    The $SysReset folder is created when a Refresh or Reset is performed. It contains a log folder that may be useful to troubleshoot a problem with refreshing or resetting a PC.

    The $SysReset folder is safe to delete if you like.

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    Tip   Tip
    If you like, you could create a recovery image that is used to do a push-button reset of Windows 10 instead of having to insert Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive if there is not an OEM factory recovery image present.

    warning   Warning
    If you reset your PC within a month of your upgrade to Windows 10, the option in Settings that lets you go back to your previous version of Windows will no longer be available.


    CONTENTS:





    Reset Windows 10 OPTION ONE Reset Windows 10
    To Reset Windows 10 at Boot

    1. Boot to advanced startup options, and click/tap on Troubleshoot. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on Reset your PC. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Remove everything. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you click/tap on Keep my files, it will refresh Windows instead.


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    4. If prompted to Insert Media, you will need to insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive to continue. (see screenshot below)

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    5. If prompted, click/tap on the Windows 10 installation that you want to reset. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If your PC has more than one drive (partition) on the Windows 10 disk, then select to remove all files (delete) from only the Windows drive or from all drives. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Click/tap on either Just remove my files or Fully clean the drive for how you want to clean your drive. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    Just remove my files = This performs a quick format, and doesn't take long. Your files might be recoverable by someone else since they are only marked as deleted. You would use this option if you are keeping your PC.

    Fully clean the drive = This performs a secure erase to fully clean your drive by overwriting your files so that they can't be easily recovered. This can take several hours to finish. You would want to do this option if you are recycling or selling your computer.


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    8. Click/tap on Reset to begin. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Resetting Windows 10 will now start. This will take a while to finish, and your PC will restart a few times during the process. (see screenshots below)

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    10. When finished, pick your region, and click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

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    11. Select the keyboard language you want, and click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

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    12. Click/tap on No or Yes to add a second keyboard language. (see screenshot below)

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    13. Click/tap on Yes to accept the Windows license agreement (EULA). (see screenshot below)

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    14. You can now pick up at step 18 here (click on link) to select your network and finish setting up Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

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    Reset Windows 10 OPTION TWO Reset Windows 10
    To Reset Windows 10 from Settings in Windows 10

    Note   Note
    You will not be able to reset Windows from Settings if you have User Account Control (UAC) set to always notify you about system changes.


    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Click/tap on Recovery on the left side, and click/tap on the Get started button on the right side under Reset this PC. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    This will open the C:\Windows\System32\systemreset.exe file.


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    3. If prompted to Insert Media, you will need to insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive to continue. (see screenshot below)

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    4. If prompted it Could not find the recovery environment, then you will need to insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive and use Option One instead. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on Remove everything. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you click/tap on Keep my files, it will refresh Windows instead.


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    6. If your PC has more than one drive (partition) on the Windows 10 disk, then select to remove all files (delete) from only the Windows drive or from all drives. (see screenshots below)

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    7. Click/tap on either Just remove my files or Fully clean the drive for how you want to clean your drive. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    Just remove my files = This performs a quick format, and doesn't take long. Your files might be recoverable by someone else since they are only marked as deleted. You would use this option if you are keeping your PC.

    Remove files and clean the drive = This performs a secure erase to fully clean your drive by overwriting your files so that they can't be easily recovered. This can take several hours to finish. You would want to do this option if you are recycling or selling your computer.


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    8. Click/tap on Reset to begin. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Resetting Windows 10 will now start. This will take a while to finish, and your PC will restart a few times during the process. (see screenshots below)

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    10. When finished, pick your region, and click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

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    11. Select the keyboard language you want, and click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

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    12. Click/tap on No or Yes to add a second keyboard language. (see screenshot below)

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    13. Click/tap on Yes to accept the Windows license agreement (EULA). (see screenshot below)

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    14. You can now pick up at step 18 here (click on link) to select your network and finish setting up Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    25 Jun 2015 #1

    All right, I did a system reset removing all my files. It put my win 10 preview like it was, when I first downloaded the preview, I expected the updates to start again, but their slow and after several weeks it's still not up to where it was before. I had the edge before the reset now I'm still stuck with Spartan,,, any help to catch me up to speed?
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  2. Posts : 22,266
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       25 Jun 2015 #2

    Hello Kchris, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Microsoft Edge didn't have that name instead of Spartan until a recent leaked build 10147 instead of the last official 10130 build.

    Which build are you currently running?

    You might consider doing a clean install instead.
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  3.    30 Jul 2015 #3

    Hi Shawn,

    Is there a difference between "Reset This PC" from windows settings, "Clean install" with the .iso and "Reinstall Windows 10 with this media" from repair options ?

    I've successfully upgraded and activated win 10 pro from win 8.1 pro, but it's so slow and very laggy.

    What is the best way so that I don't lose the activation ?

    Thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 22,266
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       30 Jul 2015 #4

    Hello Abdo, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Those basically all just end up giving you a clean install of Windows 10.

    In your situation, I'd say a reset would be easier and less risky for you though.
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  5.    30 Jul 2015 #5

    Thanks Shawn for your quick reply.

    Just to confirm - as I'm too afraid to lose my activation - all three options end up with the same result ?

    If I do a "Clean install" with the .iso, will need a key for activation ? and how to get one if my win 8.1 was pre-installed with the device and I didn't have a key?
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  6. Posts : 22,266
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       30 Jul 2015 #6

    You're good to go.

    When you upgraded to the free Windows 10 from your activated 8.1, it registered your PC with the Windows 10 activation. You don't key a key, but Windows 10 will activate whenever installed on that PC now.
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  7.    30 Jul 2015 #7

    Hi @Brink

    If I do reset my pc will my pc still be windows 10 ?

    and my windows 10 still active right ?
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  8. Posts : 22,266
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       30 Jul 2015 #8

    @Akane,

    Yes to both, as long you use Windows 10 installation media during the reset.
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  9.    30 Jul 2015 #9

    This is very good information here. It appears 'Reset my PC' will do exactly the same thing as booting to USB install media. However, for those worried about reactivation of Win10 (at least right now), it appears Brink might be saying the 'Reset my PC' option is a bit safer?

    PS but one thing I picked up on from those who used pre-release builds....it appears 'Reset my PC' took those users back to the build that was first established on the PC. Am I correct about that?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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