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How To Format/Factory Reset Your Windows 10 PC

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Anyone that owns a Windows PC knows how one might be forced to reset or format the whole system once in a while. This might be because of the unnecessary huge files that tend to accumulate over time. The other cause might also be the presence of some corrupt files. Additionally, you might just want to clear everything before selling or donating the computer. Luckily, Windows 10 no longer requires one to use a compact disk or USB drive to reset. All you have to know is how to access the system’s settings and the tips to follow from there.

How To Reset Windows 10 via Recovery Settings

  1. Click the Windows 10 Start menu and select the gear icon to open up the Settings window. Click Update & Security > Recovery, then select Get started under Reset this PC.
  2. You will then have two options: You can either keep your personal files and only remove downloaded apps and settings, or you can wipe everything and start from scratch. Both choices will also give you additional settings to change.
  3. You can either keep your personal files and only remove downloaded apps and settings. You can also wipe everything and start from scratch. Both choices will also give you additional settings to change.
  4. You will then be asked how you want to reinstall Windows; Cloud download or Local reinstall. The cloud option, added in the May 2020 update, pulls Windows installation files from Microsoft’s servers, instead of asking your computer to gather necessary files from local storage.
  5. If you choose to Keep my files, apps and settings will default to what they were when the PC was brand new, but your personal files will be saved.
  6. If you want to delete everything, click Remove everything, and Windows will simply erase all your files. This is the default option, and it is the quickest way to remove your personal files.

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