How to Factory Reset Windows 10 without Losing Important Files?

Does your Windows 10 PC have problems? Are you unable to identify your PC’s problems? Do you want to perform a factory reset to Windows 10 operating system without losing important data? Microsoft offers an option to reset your Windows 10 PC without losing or erasing your favorite files as a phone that is called “Reset this PC.” It is a built-in function of Windows 10 that lets you overcome these problems on Windows 10 PC.

How to factory reset in Windows 10 without losing important Files?

Step 1. Open the Settings app.

To open the Settings app, click on the Start button and type Settings. In the search results, click on Settings to open it.

Step 2. Under the “Windows Settings” window, click on the Update & security category.

Step 3. From the left side options, select Recovery.

Step 4. On the right side pane, under the Reset this PC section, click on the Get started button.


Step 5. Under “Reset this PC,” select the option “Keep my files.”

These options will remove apps and settings but will not touch personal files.

Note: If you want to remove everything and restore stock Windows 10, select the “Remove everything” option. Once the Remove everything option is selected, Windows will ask you if you want to remove all files from all drives or only the drive where Windows is installed. You will also be asked if you want to clean the drives too.

Step 6. Once you click on the available options, you will see “Getting things ready.”

Step 7. Click the Next button.

Step 8. Once Windows is ready; it will show a list of your apps removed from your PC during reset. It will also save a list of removed apps to your desktop, which you can access after the reset operation is over.

Click the link “List of apps to be removed” to see the list of apps that will be affected during the reset process.

Step 9. Click the Back button to continue with the reset.

Step 10. Finally, click on the Reset button to complete the reset process.

Step 11. Now, Windows is rebooted to complete the Reset process. This process may take around an hour to complete the Resetting of Windows 10.

During the Windows 10 PC reset, all apps, drivers, and programs that did not come with this PC will be removed, and your settings restored to defaults. However, your personal files are not removed, depends upon the choice you have made.

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