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How to reset Windows 10 to its original state without losing your files and settings

21 mayo, 2021

One of the most common practices since Windows is Windows, is to solve almost any problem by taking the drastic measure of format the computer and reinstall the operating system. It is so normal that Microsoft itself basically decided to include the function within Windows 10.

Maybe you know her, maybe you don’t. But the option of reset the computer in Windows 10 it can help you solve many problems on your computer by returning Windows to its original state, as just installed, and best of all, you also have the ability to do so and keep your files.

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If you wonder how to know when it’s time to reset the system, Microsoft gives you an answer that seems obvious and even funny: when the equipment is not working properly and you are not sure why.

Remember that if in your case bugs appear after upgrading to a new version of Windows, you can always try the option to go back to a previous build, it is much faster than resetting and you do not lose anything at all.

How to reset Windows 10

Press the key Windows + I to open the panel Setting. Then click on Update & security> Recovery> Reset this PC> Get started.

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Once the button to start is pressed, a pop-up window will appear that will give you two different options to reset your device. The first one leaves you keep files, and the second says remove all.

Choose an option

So that you have it clear, The first option will reinstall Windows 10 keeping your personal files. You will remove installed applications and drivers, remove any changes made to the settings.

The second option Reinstall Windows 10 and remove all personal files, applications, drivers, configuration changes, and manufacturer-installed applications, but if your computer came with Windows 10, the manufacturer’s apps will be reinstalled.

Although both options erase the configuration you have established, remember that many Windows settings (even wallpaper) can be synced with your Microsoft account if you use it to log into your computer. So this way you can keep various settings when you log in again.

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How to reset Windows from the login screen

If you don’t have access to Windows or you can’t open the Settings panel, you can also reset the device by restarting from the login screen. You can display the login screen by pressing Windows key + L.


From the login screen, press the SHIFT or Shift key at the same time that you select the Start / Shutdown button and then select the option Restart. This will display the advanced startup and troubleshooting screen.

Choose an option

There choose, Solve problems and then select Reset this PC.

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The process can take more or less time depending on several things, the speed of the hardware you have, the amount of files you have stored, or the astral alignment of the planets.

In some cases it can work very quickly and leave the equipment as new in a few minutes. In others unfortunately hours can go by and you will keep watching the waiting animation for an eternity.

In some cases the reset fails and you probably have no choice but to download a Windows image and do a completely clean installation. If something is important for you to remember it is have the equipment connected to a power outlet In case it is portable, you don’t want it to turn off mid-process.