How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

This guide will show you How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer. A reset on Windows 10 will help you reinstall Windows 10 and removes ALL your personal files. The drivers, the applications, the personal changes that you made to settings, and the applications installed by your computer manufacturer will be removed as well. However, if your computer came with Windows 10, apps from your computer manufacturer will be reinstalled. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you back up your important personal files and applications first. In this post, we are mainly dealing with how to reinstall by performing a reset.

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A reset on Windows 10 will help you reinstall Windows 10 and removes ALL your personal files. The drivers, the applications, the personal changes that you made to settings, and the applications installed by your computer manufacturer will be removed as well. However, if your computer came with Windows 10, apps from your computer manufacturer will be reinstalled. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you back up your important personal files and applications first.  

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

Method 1: Reset from Boot 

1) Type settings in the search bar, and then choose Settings that comes up.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

2) Click on the Update & security icon.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

3) On the left side of the panel, choose Recovery. On the right side of the panel, choose Restart Now under the option Advanced startup.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

4) Wait for a while at this page.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

5) Choose Troubleshoot.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

6) Click Reset this PC.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

7) Click Remove everything.

Warning: Please make sure you have backed up your important files and applications because they will be all gone once you complete the reset.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

8) If prompted to Insert media, you will need to insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive to continue.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

9) If your computer has more than one drive partition on Windows 10 disk, you need to select to remove all files from only the Windows driver or from all drives.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

10) Click on either Just remove my files or Fully clean the drive accordingly. Please make sure that you have backed up your important personal files and software before you go any further.

Note: Just remove my files will performs a quick format and it won’t take long. Your files might be recoverable by someone else since they are only marked as deleted. It is suggested that you choose this option if you are keeping your computer.


Fully clean the drive
performs a secure erase to fully clean your drive and your files cannot be recovered easily. It could take hours to finish. It is suggested that you choose this option if you are recycling or selling your computer.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

11) Tab the Reset button for the reset to begin.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

12) Resetting will now start. It will take a while to finish and your computer will restart a few times during the process.


Warning
: Unless your computer ran into a server problem, or you know pretty well what you are doing, performing a reset on your work computer or home computer is not recommended.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

13) When finished, you will need to set up your personal preference. Then click Next.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

14) Click Accept.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

15) You could choose the Customize settings on the left side corner or Use express settings on the right corner to go to the next step.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

If you choose Customize settings, you could change the settings as you will. After the settings, your computer will be good to go.

Method 2 : Reset from Settings

Note: It is suggested that you back up your important personal files before you do the reset since once the reset is performed, it will be very difficult for you to get your files and information back.

Also, this option might require you to insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive to continue. If you don’t have it, it is suggested that you use Option One instead.

1) Type settings in the search bar, and then choose Settings that comes up.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

2) Click on the Update & security icon.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

3) Click Recovery on the left side of the panel, and then click Get started under the option Reset this PC.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

4) If prompted to Insert media, you will need to insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive to continue.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

5) If prompted it Could not find the recovery environment, then you will need to insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive to continue.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

6) Choose Remove everything.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

7) If your computer has more than one drive on the Windows 10 disk, then you need to select to remove all files from only the Windows drive or from all drives.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

8) You could choose either Just remove my files or Remove files and clean the drive accordingly. Please make sure that you have backed up your important personal files before you move on to the next step.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer


Note:
Just remove my files will performs a quick format and it will not take long. Your files might be recoverable by someone else since they are only marked as deleted. It is suggested that you choose this option if you are keeping your computer.


Remove files and clean the drive
performs a secure erase to fully clean your drive and your files cannot be recovered easily. It could take hours to finish. It is suggested that you choose this option if you are recycling or selling your computer.

9) Press Reset to start the reset process.

How to Clean Reset Your Windows 10 Computer

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Arun Prabhakar immensely interested in following Windows and other technology developments. Being passionate Windows blogger, he loves to help others on fixing their computer issues.