What happens when you Reset Windows 10

Windows 10 offers an in-built feature which allows you to reset Windows 10. This feature comes in handy on many occasions, but have you wondered what happens when you reset Windows 10? In this guide, we will share all the details when you perform a reset.

What happens when you Reset Windows 10

Reset Windows 10

On a basic level, when you reset Windows 10, it will reinstall Windows 10 again. That solves a lot of problems, especially file corruption, on the computer. You can either reset using Settings  > Update & Security > Recovery, or you can choose to boot into Advanced Recovery mode or use recovery drive or installation media if nothing else works.

There are three ways to reset Windows 10. The first is where you get to keep your files, second is where you remove everything, and the last one is a complete reset.

Windows 10 Reset: Keep my files

If the computer is not working as expected, this is what you should choose. It will do the following:

  • Reinstalls Windows 10 and keeps your personal files.
  • Removes apps and drivers you had installed.
  • Eliminates changes you made to settings.
  • Excludes any apps your PC manufacturer installed.

If your computer came with preinstalled Windows 10, it would also install the apps from the PC manufacturer.

Read: What happens if you interrupt Reset Windows 10.

Windows 10 Reset: Remove everything

Windows 10 Reset Remove Apps

You should choose this option if you are planning to donate, recycle or sell your computer. It will completely wipe your data. The process usually takes a lot of time to make it harder for other people to recover files directly or using the software.

  • Reinstalls Windows 10 and removes all your personal files.
  • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
  • Removes changes you made to settings.
  • Removes any apps your PC manufacturer installed.
  • Installs preinstalled apps that came with the pre-installed OS in the PC.

Read: Fresh Start vs. Reset vs. Refresh vs. Clean install.

Windows 10 Reset: Restore factory settings

While it does the same as the above two, It will reinstall the version of Windows that came with your PC. So if you upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1/8, it would reinstall it. This option is usually not available on all the computers and laptops.  The advantage of this method is that if you are giving it to somebody, he will have to buy his license as they would sign with a different account.

I hope this explains how Windows 10 reset works.

TIP: Do note that If your device is encrypted, you will need your BitLocker key to reset your computer.

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Ashish is a veteran Windows, and Xbox user who excels in writing tips, tricks, and features on it to improve your day to day experience with your devices.

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