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What You Need To Know About “Reset Your PC” in Windows 8 and 10


Windows 10 has a “” function to quickly reset the system to its original state. It is faster and more convenient than any of the possible ways to rearrange Windows.

In Windows 8, this function has been divided into two: “Recover your computer without deleting files” and “Delete all data and reinstall Windows”. The first saved all the files and user settings, but reset the system to the default state while removing the installed applications. The second one completely removed everything, including user files. The user received a completely clean computer.

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In Windows 10, these two functions are reduced, only during the system reset process you will be asked whether to save your personal files or not.

How the Windows Reset feature works

When you use the Windows reset feature, the system resets itself to its default state. If Windows 10 that was installed on your PC came with it (that is, you bought a computer with a pre-installed ten), after a reset, the system will be in the same state as when you bought it: all pre-installed software and drivers will be reinstalled. If you installed the OS yourself, Windows will be completely clean, without any third-party software.

What You Need To Know About "Reset Your PC" in Windows 8 and 10
What You Need To Know About “Reset Your PC” in Windows 8 and 10

You will be able to save your personal files, but all manually installed programs and system settings will be deleted. Thanks to the reset function, you can fix, if I may say so, system problems caused by third-party applications, changes to system settings or viruses.

What’s really going to happen to your PC


Microsoft itself has explained what actually happens when you reset Windows:

  • the computer boots into Windows RE (Windows Recovery Environment);
  • Windows RE cleans and formats Windows partitions before installing a clean copy of the OS;
  • the computer reboots into a new, clean Windows.

If the user chooses to save their files, the same thing happens. But before cleaning up the hard disk partitions, Windows RE scans them and places user files and settings in another location, and only after rearranging Windows, returns them back.

How to reset Windows through system settings

To reset Windows 10 through the settings, open the system settings, select the “Update and Security” section and in the left column of the opened settings, select the “Recovery” section. Under the item “Reset this computer” click “Get started”:

Note: In Windows 8, you need to do similar steps, only in the “Recovery” section there will be two items: “Restoring your computer without deleting files” and “Removing all data and reinstalling Windows”.

In Windows 8, to reset the system while preserving your files, you need to select “Restore your computer without deleting files”, to delete everything – “Delete all data and reinstall Windows”.

If you want to delete everything, the system will ask you if you need to clean up the hard drive as well. This option is perfect if the user plans to sell or give away his PC to someone.

How to reset the system from the boot menu

If you are unable to reset Windows from system settings, this can be done through the bootloader menu. This menu will be automatically launched if the OS is unable to start on its own. From the menu, select Diagnostics and select Reset


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