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How to Factory Reset Windows 10 Without Losing Files?

How to Factory Reset Windows 10

When you think of Factory resetting your Windows 10 be it laptop or desktop, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?  Will you lose all your data and files or not? Well the answer is NO, there are ways in which you can Factory Reset Windows 10 without Losing Files.

Now why do we need to Factory Reset on the first place?

This can be due to number of reasons like –

  • Windows 10 PC running slow
  • PC running abnormally
  • Virus has affected the PC

This can go on, as there are ‘n’ number of reasons on why you need to Factory Reset Windows, but the notion of resetting it comes with losing many files as well.

But providentially, Windows 10 gives you an option to reset your PC by keeping all your files intact and resetting can also enhance the performance of your Windows 10.

Let’s learn the step by step procedure of resetting windows 10 without losing any files –

How to Factory Reset Windows 10: Step by Step

Step 1

To reset your Windows 10 computer, first you need to boot the machine in ‘Repair’ mode. For that go to the menu and click on setting icon.

Step 2

Then open the “Update & security” category.

Step 3

After that click on the Recovery section on the left side of your screen.

Step 4

Then you will see an option named “Reset this PC”

Step 5

After you click on Reset this PC you will see 2 major options, named “Keep my files” and “Remove everything”

Step 6

By choosing the first option which is “Keep my files” it will remove all the applications and setting but will keep all your personal data intact.

Step 7

But if you choose the second option, it will remove all your personal files as well the apps, and settings completely. (This option will delete all your data that was stored in the operating system which basically means all your data)

Step 8

After selecting “Keep my files” option, Windows 10 will display a screen with the apps that are going to be erased by the reset process, and therefore that means you will have to reinstall them if you want to continue using them after the reset process is over.

Step 9

Press Next when you are done looking at the list of apps that you might want to reinstall again.

Step 10

After this Windows 10 PC will prompt you one last time before you click on the Reset button once more.

Step 11

The Factory Reset process after this starts in a minute or two, and after it done it automatically reboots your PC.

Now depending on the computer’s hardware and speed, the Factory Reset process will take time.

After the full process is over, Windows 10 will begin to reinstall itself, your Login screen will appear, and you will be able to log in with the same username and password.

When you log in to your Windows for the very first time after this process, some standard screens associated with Windows 10’s will run first.

Now your Windows 10 PC is reset without any problems and with all your personal data still intact, you can use this option whenever you have problems with your PC or laptop.

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Written by Nyk Patel

Nyk Patel is the editor-in-chief at He always curious to know about latest technology trends that helps people to make their daily life easy and he also loves to review different software, gadgets, and other tech products.