Windows 10 is considered to be more trouble-free than its predecessors. Yet, there are times when things just go wrong. Maybe the Windows 10 system decided that it didn’t prefer the latest update. So, it started misbehaving badly.
That’s when you’ll need a reset or a refresh. Resets are also useful when you’ve bought a new system or you want to discard your old Windows 10 system. Here is all you need to know.
Reset Windows 10
If Windows 10 is mostly working, meaning it won’t shut down unexpectedly or block, it’s simple to do a reset. Follow these steps:
- Click on the Start key and go to Settings;
- Go to Update & Security, and choose Recovery;
- Click on Get started;
- You’ll notice two options: Keep my files/Remove everything;
- Choose the one that fits your needs best;
- If you choose, Keep my files, your apps and settings will be restored;
- Click on Change settings, and you’ll be able to toggle the Preinstalled apps – the reset won’t restore the apps and settings that came with your system;
- If you choose, Remove everything, and pick Change settings, on the additional settings windows, you can select how thoroughly your system will be wiped;
- Click Next if you’ve made your adjustments;
- Click on Reset to start the process – you may need to enter a recovery key to continue (Microsoft account/computer account).
A Fresh Start For Windows 10
A fresh start will allow you to keep some of your settings but will wipe most of your apps. If you think a fresh start is what your system needs, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings and click on the Recovery window;
- You’ll notice that under More recovery options, is Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows;
- Click on that option and select Yes when you are asked whether you want to switch apps from settings to Windows Security;
- You’ll be redirected to the Fresh start page;
- Click on Get started;
- Select Yes;
- Click on Next when the pop-up window warns you that all apps and programs will be wiped (except the standard ones);
- Click on Next again and choose Start when the next screen appears;
- Enjoy your newly refreshed system!
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