Restore Windows 10 to its original state

Over time, the system accumulates internal errors that lead to malfunctions in the computer. Microsoft recommends not rushing with the complete reinstallation, but performing a reset to its original state. Our experts tell you how to perform this operation in Windows 10.

System reset

System reset function is one of the built-in recovery mechanisms. The user can either completely clean the PC or save the accumulated personal files, while also zeroing out failed settings and deleting installed software.

Open the keyboard shortcut “Win + i” operating system settings. Go to the section framed in the screenshot.

In the side menu select the item marked with one. In the right part of the window, the first settings block is intended to automatically reset the system to its initial state. Click the button marked with a double.

On top of all the windows, you will see a window with two reset options. The top, marked with a red frame allows you to save personal files. The bottom one, completely clears the system, deleting all the accumulated data, installed applications and made settings. If you choose the first option, you should keep in mind that only those files located in the C:\Users\Username directory are considered personal files. Information located in other folders on the hard drive is irretrievably deleted.

The Reset Wizard will make preliminary preparations by estimating the amount of data to be saved. You can view the list of uninstallable programs by clicking the link marked “1”. When the cleanup process is complete, a file with this list is placed on the desktop. Click the button marked with a 2 and wait until the wizard finishes its work.

New start

The “new startup” function allows you to reset Windows 10 to its initial state in cases where the reset method described above does not work. It is executed with administrative rights, allowing you to bypass the errors that prevent the wizard from working as a normal user.

Go to the “Restore” section of the operating system settings described above. Scroll down all the items in the right part of the window to the very end. Click on the hyperlink marked with a dash.

Allow the system to switch to the Security Center by tapping “Yes” in the pop-up notification.

In the new window click on the “Getting started” button.

We are presented with an informational message explaining the steps involved in the reset process.

In the next step, the wizard displays a list of applications to be uninstalled from the PC. As before, the file with the software list is automatically saved on the desktop after the necessary actions are completed.

Press the button marked with a frame and wait until the operating system is cleaned and updated.

Restoration Environment

If problems occur immediately at startup use Safe Boot to enter the recovery environment.

On the start page go to the block marked with a frame.

Find “Diagnostics” and start resetting. As in the previous cases you can restore with saving your personal data or do a full reset. Before you start, you need to confirm the user’s login and specify the password to enter the system.


The tips given by our experts will help anyone, even a novice user, to get Windows 10 back up and running on their own.

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