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    Reset Windows 10

    Reset Windows 10

    How to Reset Windows 10
    Published by Category: Installation & Upgrade
    10 May 2019
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    How to Reset Windows 10


    Resetting reinstalls Windows 10, but lets you choose whether to keep your files (refresh) or remove them (reset), and then reinstalls Windows 10.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 18312, Microsoft added new UI for Reset this PC as part of Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. The new UI provides a more consistent experience across devices with different configurations and requires fewer clicks to complete.

    For more information, see:

    Option What it does
    Keep my files
    • This is to refresh Windows 10.
    • Reinstalls Windows 10 and keeps your accounts and 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 accounts and 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.

    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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    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.

    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)

    The Reset your PC option in step 2 below will not be available if you boot from Windows 10 installation media.

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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)

    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)

    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 when ready 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 screenshot below)

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

    If you would like to set up this PC to have an OOBE (Out-of-box Experience) so another user/owner can pick up at this point to finish setting up Windows on the PC with their own account and preferences the next time the PC it turned on, then:
    1. Press SHIFT + F10 when you see the screenshot below to open a command prompt.
    2. Type C:\Windows\System32\shutdown -s -t 0 -f into the command prompt, and press Enter to shut down Windows.

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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 Add layout or Skip depending if you want to add a second keyboard layout or not. (see screenshot below)

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    13. Click/tap on Accept for the Windows license agreement (EULA). (see screenshot below)

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    14. You can now pick up at step 20 here (click on link) to select your network and finish setting up Windows 10.






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

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

    1. Do step 2 (Settings) or step 3 (Control Panel) below for how you would like to open Recovery in Settings.

    2. Open Settings, click/tap on the Update & Security icon, and go to step step 4 below.

    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Recovery icon, click/tap on the If you're having problems with your PC, go to Settings and try resetting it link, and go to step step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. 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)

    This will open the C:\Windows\System32\systemreset.exe file.

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Click/tap on Remove everything. (see screenshot below)

    If you click/tap on Keep my files, it will refresh Windows instead.

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    8. Click/tap on the Change settings link. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Turn on or off (default) Data erasure and Data drive for what you want, and click/tap on Confirm. (see screenshots below)

    Data erasure is to select to Just remove my files (off) or Fully clean the drive (on).
    • Just remove my files performs a quick clean. This 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 performs a clean all for a full secure erase. This will 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.

    Data drives is only available if you have more than one drive (partition) on the Windows 10 disk. You can select to Remove all files only from the Windows drive (off) or Remove all files from all drives (on).
    • Remove all files only from the Windows drive will only delete the partition (drive) Windows 10 is installed on.
    • Remove all files from all drives will delete all partitions (drives) on the disk that Windows 10 is installed on.

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    8. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    9. If prompted, click/tap on Next to confim. (see screenshot below)

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    10. Click/tap on Reset when ready to begin. (see screenshot below)

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    11. 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 screenshot below)

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

    If you would like to set up this PC to have an OOBE (Out-of-box Experience) so another user/owner can pick up at this point to finish setting up Windows on the PC with their own account and preferences the next time the PC it turned on, then:
    1. Press SHIFT + F10 when you see the screenshot below to open a command prompt.
    2. Type C:\Windows\System32\shutdown -s -t 0 -f into the command prompt, and press Enter to shut down Windows.

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

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    14. Click/tap on Add layout or Skip depending if you want to add a second keyboard layout or not. (see screenshot below)

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    15. Click/tap on Accept for the Windows license agreement (EULA). (see screenshot below)

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    16. You can now pick up at step 20 here (click on link) to select your network and finish setting up Windows 10.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    #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. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18898
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       #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.    #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.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18898
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       #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.    #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. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 38,937
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18898
    Thread Starter
       #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.    #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. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 38,937
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18898
    Thread Starter
       #8

    @Akane,

    Yes to both, as long you use Windows 10 installation media during the reset. :)
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  9.    #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?
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