Whether your Google Chrome pages keep crashing, or you don’t like the way Solitaire keeps getting bombarded with ads, there are times when you just have to reset Windows 10 and start anew. Overall the update is decent and makes it very easy for users to access system settings. However, if things have been going a bit awry with your system after updating to Windows 10, you don’t have to start thinking about switching back to Windows 7 right away. There is another solution. You can try to reset Windows 10, or perform a fresh install of the OS without too much fuss. Windows 10 facilitates the process in a very uncomplicated manner.
If you reset Windows 10, your data should be retained automatically. Having said that, it always pays to take some extra precautions. So, make sure all your important files and applications are backed up to a non-system drive or an external source. Once you are satisfied, here is what you have to do.
Settings To Reset Windows 10
- Summon the Start menu by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard, or clicking the icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
- Open ‘Settings’. If you can’t find them straightway, try performing a search.
- Under Settings, go to the last entry on the main page. It should bear the name ‘Update & Security’.
- You won’t see any option to reset Windows 10, since the OS treats the whole process as recovery. Hit ‘Recovery’, located in the left-hand pane.
- The resulting screen has some instructions that might help you in resetting your PC with ease. Read the instructions.
- Click the ‘Get Started’ button.
- If you are trying to recover from a bad virus attack, you might want to wipe everything and start from scratch. For minor annoyances though, choose the ‘Keep my files’ option.
- The system will take you through several warning screens. You will also be shown the kind of data that will be deleted as a result of what you are trying to do, and a warning stating that once a refresh is performed, there’s no way of switching back to Windows 7 or Windows 8 without a new license. If you are satisfied, keep hitting ‘Next’,
- When all is done, the coveted ‘Reset’ button will show up. Once you click it, the system will take some time to reset Windows 10. A fresh copy will be waiting for you at the end of the process.