There can be several reasons, for wanting to know, how to factory reset Windows? It might be because you are having problems with your system for being slow or virus attack etc. If you need a fresh start or go back to factory setting then, this is the article for you. Especially, as you will know how to factory reset in Windows 10, 8 & 7.
So, let’s begin with knowing how to factory reset Windows laptop / PC.
Factory Reset in Laptops / PC
A majority of the laptops / PC these days, don’t come with recovery discs. But if yours does then, it is a comparatively easy way of performing a factory reset. If you didn’t get any disc in the box then, there is a good chance your laptop has a recovery partition. This is the hidden part of the hard drive which safely stores a complete copy of Windows and extra programs. You can use it to return your laptop / PC to the exact same state it was in the first day.
Factory Reset in Laptops – Windows 10
In Windows 10, the process is a lot easier as it has a built-in tool for resetting a PC. Click on the ‘Start’ menu and select ‘Settings’. In ‘Settings’ type ‘reset’ in the search bar and select ‘Reset this PC’. In that window, you will find it in ‘Recovery’ under the – Update & Security tab on the left side of the window. Click on ‘Get Started’ in the same window on the right side to begin the process. While doing this you can select, if you would like to ‘keep the files’ or do a ‘full reset’.
Factory Reset in Laptops – Windows 8 & 7
Generally, this works for Windows 7 & previous versions but Window 8 laptops will typically have a recovery application that is launched within Windows so, check your app menu.
Make sure to back up any data which you wish to keep before performing a factory reset. You will probably want to copy everything from your user folders, including documents, photos, videos, and music. The factory reset will delete all these along with the programs you’ve installed till this moment.
Note: If you have important data that did not get copied properly and you need it back you can always click on, retrieving data after computer restored to factory settings and get back your data.
Factory Reset in Tablets
After, factory resetting you should have everything you need to get your tablet back up and running. That includes the software you regularly install.
Factory Reset in Tablets – Windows 10
Press the Windows button on your tablet. You can also click on, the Windows button in the left corner on your screen. In the ‘Start Menu’ above the power button, click on ‘Settings’. Note if you are in “Tablet Mode” in Windows 10, you will need to tap on the ‘Menu’ button on the top left the corner of your screen and select ‘Settings’. Tap on ‘Update & Recovery’ in the Settings app. Now tap on the fourth option in the menu on the left side of the screen ‘Recovery’ in the Settings app.
Tap ‘Get Started’ to begin the process of Resetting your Windows 10 tablet. If you had got your tablet with Windows 8 or 7 and you had upgraded it to 10. After factory reset, it will return to just the way you had got it without any upgrades.
Factory Reset in Tablet – Windows 8 & 7
Log in to your Windows 8 tablet, go to the right side context menu and select ‘Settings’. In the Settings select ‘Change PC Settings’, then select ‘General’. In the right panel scroll down to the options then, select ‘Remove everything and reinstall Windows’.
Remember, all your settings, account, and all the other data on your tablet will be erased completely while performing this task.
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