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If your Windows 10 PC is running slow or acting abnormally, one of the most surefire ways of fixing the issue is by performing a factory reset. This is also recommended if you’re selling your computer. Here’s how.

Note: If you’ve updated your computer, here’s how to factory reset your Windows 11 PC.

Before you begin the factory reset process, be sure to back up your files. Otherwise, some important data may be irretrievably lost.

When you’re ready to factory reset your Windows 10 PC, open the Windows Settings menu by clicking on the Start button and then selecting the Gear icon.

The Settings window will now appear. Here, select the “Update & Security” option found at the bottom of the window.

A list of Update & Security options will now appear in the left-hand pane. Here, select “Recovery.”

recovery option in lefthand pane

Now you’ll be in the Recovery window. Under “Reset This PC”, carefully read the description and then select the “Get Started” button.

Get started resetting Windows 10

Once selected, the “Reset This PC” window will appear. You’ll have two options to choose from:

  • Keep my files: This option will keep all of your personal files while removing installed apps and system settings.
  • Remove everything: This will completely wipe your Windows 10 PC.

Choose the option that works best for you.

Keep your files or remove everything

In the next window, you’ll see a message showing you what will happen when you reset your computer. This message will be different, depending on which method you chose in the previous step.

When you’re ready, select the “Reset” button.

Reset this pc

Your Windows 10 PC will now begin to factory reset. This may take several minutes, so be patient. When the process is finished, your computer will reboot.

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Marshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, and spends what little free time he has learning Japanese.
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