Windows offers a way to clean up some junk files using the Settings application, but if you want a complete rest, restarting your PC is a viable method. With the appearance of Windows 11, it can make sense to perform a factory reset after installing the update. Or maybe you just want to know how to do it later. To help you, we’ll show you in this guide 2 quick and easy methods to factory reset your Windows 11 PC
In addition, your computer accumulates junk files that take up valuable storage space and slow down your computer. How computers work: the more you use them, the more files you have. If the installation process does not go as expected, the updates and applications you have installed are also causing some problems.
2 easy methods to reset your Windows 11 PC
Before we start, the important thing to know is that resetting your Windows 11 PC will remove any programs you have installed. You can also delete your personal files if you want. Before performing this procedure, make sure that all data has been backed up. If you have enough storage space, you can store your files on cloud services such as OneDrive or use an external USB storage device.
You will also need to plug your PC in to reset it. Because if the PC freezes during this process, it can cause serious problems and force you to repair. Otherwise, restarting your PC will be easier than you initially thought. This guide also applies to Windows 10, which has a similar process. This is how to do it:
Method 1: Use Settings to reset your Windows 11 computer
Microsoft added a new Windows reset method in 2020 that allows you to use cloud downloads. Basically, you download and install a fresh copy of Windows. This method is useful when you have serious problems.
To use Settings to reset Windows 11, do the following:
- First, tap the Start Menu icon and go to the the settings App.
- Now go to Update & security > Restoration.
- Next, you’ll see an option labeled Reset this PC on the Recovery tab. Click on that Reset PC Button.
- Now you can choose either to keep your files on PC or delete everything. Choose your preferred option to continue.
- Then select Cloud downloadwho will download and install a fresh copy of Windows, or choose Local reinstallation this resets the PC locally.
- Finally, a screen will appear with your preferred reset options and a final prompt. Tap on Reset to default to start the process.
- Windows will start resetting.
Method 2: Reset your Windows 11 computer using CMD
- First, press Windows Key + S on your keyboard, type cmd, then choose Execute as administrator.
- Now enter the following command in the cmd window and then press the Enter Button: system reset -factory reset.
- Next, you will see the traditional reset window on your screen.
- Finally, follow the on-screen instructions to reset your PC.
This option is only used to enable the traditional Windows 11 reset dialog from the command prompt. If everything is running properly on your operating system and you can easily restore the factory settings, make sure it helps.
These are 2 quick ways to use Settings and CMD to reset your Windows 11 PC. After the reset process is complete, you will get one of two possible results. If you decide to remove everything from your computer, you will see the setup experience for the first time, which means your computer is ready for everyone else to use. If you choose to keep the file, you will be taken to the login screen of your account and launched on your desktop.
Remember that if you do a cloud download, your PC will not be updated to the latest version. You can use other recovery methods such as the Media Creation Tool to install updates to the newer version. This will install the latest version available, but for now that is still Windows 10. Once Windows 11 is officially released, the latest version will be available there. Good luck!
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