The Windows computers are rarely quicker and easier to use than the day they leave the factory. With time, the accumulation of files, bad settings, and other factors slows down performance and affect the programs. If you find that your applications do not run as quickly as expected –and the open and save the files takes more time than normal– you may want to go back. And how do you restore Windows from factory?
Maybe you want to sell or give away your computer with Windows 10. In this case, you’ll want to make sure that all of your personal information and applications would be removed to protect your privacy. Fortunately, there is a relatively easy way of “returning to the origin”: the reset function of Windows 10.
First, make a backup copy of
Before you restart your system, you will want to make a backup of the important information that you don’t want to lose. This includes documents, photos, music and movies, though there are also other elements to back it. Make sure to remember all saved passwords, export all the bookmarks of your browser, and have setup files for all the software you want to reinstall (or at least, know where you can get them again).
In addition, be sure to make a backup copy of the application-specific data, like custom filters saved in a utility of photos, as well as save files of your favourite games and make a backup of the emails.
The reset function of Windows 10 is located in the main menu of Settings. This function returns the installation of Windows 10 to the default state it was in when you installed Windows 10 for the first time. Keep in mind that this could be technically different from a “factory reset”, depending on the manufacturer of your machine.
Check the documentation or call technical support if you want your PC to be brought back as the first time that the thou broughtest out of the box. It is possible that the manufacturer has special partitions configured on the hard disk, or you can provide a guide of factory reset.
Step 1: Access the configuration menu by clicking on the icon of Notifications in the taskbar or pressing the Windows button + A. Then click on All settings.
Step 2: click on Update and security, then choose Recovery in the menu on the left.
The following page contains two options. The first, Reset this PC is the method that we are going to go, but the second option is also worth considering, if you have a bit more technical skill.
The advanced Startup are used to modify your computer to a deeper level or to install an operating system completely different. This is helpful if your manufacturer provides an image of factory reset or an external disk that contains the image to return your machine to its factory state. Unless you are completely sure that you understand what they do, each one of the options in this configuration, it is probably best to leave it alone.
Step 3: when you’re ready, click the button Start under the header to Reset the PC. A new window will appear with two options, Keep my files and Delete everything.
Step 4: decide if you want to keep all your files and folders, or to really start from scratch and then recover your personal data from where you backed up before. Whatever you choose, all of your applications should be reinstalled and your settings, like your Start menu, you will return to the default values.
Step 5: click the option that suits you best. If you choose to Retain my files, go to Step 7.
Step 6: If you choose Delete all, now you will have the option to only Delete my files , or Delete files and clean the unit. The second option formats the drive itself, and it is the best if you plan to sell or give away the computer. It takes a lot more time, so that, if you just want to restart the PC, choose the first option, and proceed to Step 8.
If your computer has multiple internal drives, you’ll also have the option of deleting only the primary drive (which has Windows), or all the connected units. Click to Display the list of units that will be affected to know exactly what will be included in the reset process.
Step 7: If you chose to Keep my files, on the next screen the system will display a list of conventional programs installed on your computer (which are not installed on the Windows Store). This list is saved on your desktop when the recovery process finishes. Click Next.
Step 8: once you’ve followed the steps to prepare the “reset”, you will be presented with the final option. Click Reset to continue.
Your PC will restart automatically and will begin the reset process. This can take an hour or more, so that, if you’re using a laptop, it is a good idea to plug in the charging cable. It can be restarted several times. Wait for Windows to restart and begin the configuration process, and then enter your personal information and sign in.
Once you have confirmed that everything works, make sure you update all of your drivers are important and install a good antivirus software to be protected.
Windows 7 does not have the built-in options update and reset, which are located in the newer versions. Users with these operating systems have two options when they want to perform a factory reset. The first is to re-install Windows from scratch, which is not a factory reset by itself, unless you have all your original installation media available.
Step 1: Open Recover by doing a Windows search.
Step 2: Select Options for Advanced Recovery.
Step 3: click Reinstall Windows.
Your second option is to use a recovery tool provided by the manufacturer. These are the common names for the software of recovery of each of the major PC manufacturers. Enter it in the search tool of Windows desktop can help you find them.
- Acer: Acer eRecovery or Acer Recovery Management.
- Asus: Asus Recovery Partition or AI Recovery.
- Dell: Dell Factory Image Restore, DataSafe, Dell Backup & Recovery, and a variety of other names.
- HP: HP System Recovery or Recovery Manager.
- Lenovo: Rescue and Recovery, or ThinkVantage Recovery (on ThinkPads).
You can also access recovery from outside Windows, which is useful if you can’t find the software, or if Windows does not load. To do this, restart your computer and pay close attention to the startup screen that appears before Windows is loaded. Stay tuned to a shortcut key that takes you to the interface of recovery. In most cases, the key will be F11.
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