Windows 10 – How to do a Factory Reset

If you Windows 10 machine is running slowly as of late, there could be a bunch of reasons as to why this is happening, and you can’t rule out the possibility that the device has contracted malware. What you can do is you can reinstall the operating system automatically from a recovery partition. This will give your laptop a fresh start as you will bring it back to its original factory settings.

Windows 10 - How to do a Factory Reset

Doing a Factory Reset on Your Windows 10 Laptop

Step 1 – One good thing about Windows 10 is that the option to do the entire process is made easier as compared to other, older version of the operating system. To start, open the Start menu and then select Settings (which is the cog wheel). Now, type “reset” (without the quotes) in the search bar, and it should bring about an option that will allow you to “Reset this PC.” Click on that to proceed.

Step 2 – You will be brought into the Recovery section of Update & Security, and from here, you should click on “Get started” to begin the reinstalling process. It should be noted that you will have to choose between one of two options. The first one is “Keep my files,” wherein the computer will remove apps and settings but will still keep all of your personal files. However, and if the problem runs too deep inside your system, then you can “Remove everything,” which is pretty much self explanatory.

Step 3 – Now all you have to do is to wait for the operation to complete, which can take a short or long while depending on several factors, such as your computer’s speed or the number of files and applications it has to delete. But once it’s all done, you will be met with a cleaner Windows 10 system, and hopefully it solves your malware or slowdown problem.

Step 4 – Before resetting the Windows 10 operating system back to its factory settings, you might want to do a quick backup first. This is to assure yourself that the system won’t delete anything that you want to keep in the first place. You can use external storage devices, such as portable hard drives or thumb drives to help you in this regard. However, it might be recommended to use online cloud storage services instead if you have a malware issue on your computer.


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