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Windows 10 Reset Your PC

Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows 10, but lets you choose whether to keep your files or remove them, and then reinstalls Windows.

Reset your PC from Settings

1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security Recovery.

2. Under Reset this PC, select Get started and then choose from the options and/or settings in the table below. 

 

Option What it does
Keep my files > Change settings > Preinstalled apps On
  • Reinstalls Windows 10 and keeps your personal files.
  • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
  • Removes changes you made to settings.
  • Restores any apps your PC manufacturer installed if your PC came with Windows 10.
Keep my files > Change settings > Preinstalled apps Off
  • Reinstalls Windows 10 and keeps your personal files.
  • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
  • Removes changes you made to settings.
  • Removes any apps your PC manufacturer installed. 
Remove everything
  • Reinstalls Windows 10 and removes your personal files.
  • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
  • Removes changes you made to settings.
  • Removes any apps your PC manufacturer installed.

Note: Remove everything > Change settings gives you two options.

Data erasure On removes files and cleans the drive.

If you're planning to donate, recycle, or sell your PC, use this option. This might take an hour or two, but it makes it harder for other people to recover files you've removed.

Data erasure Off just removes files. It takes less time, but is less secure.