How to Factory Reset Windows 10

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to factory reset Windows 10 from the command prompt or terminal console.

Whether you want to fix a slow Windows computer or if you want to sell it without your personal information, resetting Windows 10 is you may want to do.

There are multiple ways to reset Windows. One can use Windows’ control panel or use the command line prompt to do it. Either way should get you to reset Windows.

However, using the command line work best if your computer is very slow that it takes a difficult time getting to the control panel. Simply open the command prompt as administrator and run a one-line command to initial Windows system reset.

To get started with resetting Windows from the command line, follow the steps below:

First, open Windows command prompt as administrator. To do that, type ‘Command Prompt‘ in the Windows Search bar, and then click the Command Prompt app from the search results.

When the command prompt opens, run the commands below to initial Windows reset.

systemreset --factoryreset

That should launch Windows reset wizard with an option to choose the type of reset to perform.  Here, you can choose to either remove apps and settings, but keeps your personal files, or you can remove everything, including your personal files, apps and settings.

If you’re selling your computer, you’ll want to choose an option to remove everything. If you simply want to reset Windows to its defaults without losing your files and settings, then choose an option to keep your files.

If you choose to remove everything, it may take significantly longer to complete, but this will ensure that all your personal data are erased and cleaned.

A typical laptop computer might take up to 5 hours to complete the option to remove file and clean the drive. This option will make it harder for someone to recover your deleted files and that’s why if you’re recycling or selling your computer, the option is the best to select.

If you’re simply removing your file, it should take less longer but less secure. You should choose this option if you want to fix a slow Windows computer.

When you’re ready click the Rest button to begin.

That should do it!


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