Resetting your Windows 10 PC is something you may find yourself doing once or twice. Chron contributor Nick Davis explains that doing so helps correct your PC’s hard drive problems. When you reset your Windows 10 PC, you remove the applications and files you have installed. Then, a clean version of your OS is reinstalled, along with the applications pre-installed by your PC’s manufacturer. Aside from troubleshooting performance issues, a factory reset is also recommended if you are selling your unit.
Having said that, you’re fortunate if you happen to be using Windows 10 as your OS. Microsoft is known for offering updates, such as the update to fix the 0x8024a105 Error, to ensure that Windows 10 is always user-friendly. This same focus on convenience is also evident in the factory reset process of Windows 10.
HP details how Microsoft has simplified Windows 10’s reset procedure, making it much simpler compared to previous versions of the operating system. This process, in fact, is so easy and simple to perform that even first-timers can do it without a hitch. To find out just how easy it is, have a look:
Back up, back up, back up!
Before anything else, make sure your files and installers of programs you need are backed up to an external hard drive if you want to do a complete factory reset. Even though there is an option to keep your files during the restart process, it is better to be safe than accidentally lose it all.
How to Factory Reset Windows 10 PC
Here are the steps in performing a factory reset of your Windows 10 PC:
Step 1: Go to the Settings menu by first clicking Start, and then the gear-shaped icon just above the Power icon.
Step 2: Find on the Settings window the Update & Security option. Then, click it to open the Update & Security tab.
Step 3: Find Recovery on the Update & Security options pane. Click it to open the Recovery tab.
Step 4: In the Recovery tab, click Get Started, which you will find under the Reset this PC section. Thereafter, you’ll just have to follow the step-by-step guide Windows 10 will show.
Step 5: In this penultimate step, you will be asked to choose between keeping your files (Keep my files) or deleting everything (Remove everything). A true factory reset, though, means wiping your PC completely clean.
Step 6: Finally, click Reset. It will take a few minutes before Windows cleans your hard drive thoroughly. Once your PC reboots, it’ll be restored to its factory settings.
Another Option to Reset Windows 10
If, for some reason, you cannot open the Settings menu, here’s an alternative suggested by The New York Times J. D. Biersdorfer::
Step 1: Press the Windows and L keys to go to the sign-in screen.
Step 2: Next, hold down the Shift key. This will take you to the Power window, where you must click Restart.
Step 3: Upon restarting, click, in succession, Troubleshoot and Reset this PC.
Hopefully, you have not faced any problem when following this guide and you have managed to Reset Windows 10 PC.