Resetting your Windows 10 system will help you remove any viruses or malware that may have infected your computer, as well as restore your computer to its original state when you first purchased it. This step-by-step guide will help you reset your Windows 10 system with the Remove Everything option, and it includes information on backing up important files before you perform this task. If you’re ready to take this step, go ahead and follow these steps.
What is the Remove Everything Option?
The Remove Everything option in Windows 10 is a way to reset your system back to its default settings. This can be helpful if you’re having problems with your system and want to start fresh. When you use this option, all of your personal files, settings, and apps will be deleted. Only the files that came with your system will remain. If you decide to use this option, it’s recommended that you create recovery media (a CD or USB drive) before using it.
That way, if something goes wrong during the process, you’ll have an easy way to restore your system without having to reinstall everything.
The last thing I’ll mention about the Remove Everything option is that it’s not always possible to recover some types of files after using it – so make sure everything on your hard drive is backed up before doing anything else!
Step 1: Format Hard Drive
If you want to reset your Windows 10 system and start from scratch, you’ll need to format your hard drive. This will erase all of the data on your hard drive, so be sure to back up any important files before you begin. To format your hard drive, open the Start menu and type in File Explorer. In the File Explorer window, right-click on your hard drive and select Format. In the Format window, select the Quick Format option and click Start.
Once your hard drive has been formatted, you can proceed to the next step.
When formatting your hard drive, remember that it will take some time depending on how much information is stored on it. Be sure to unplug any external devices like flash drives or memory cards as they could become corrupted during formatting. To access these devices after formatting your computer’s primary disk, you’ll need to reformat them as well.
Step 2: Back Up Important Files: As mentioned above, removing everything and starting over completely deletes all of your data stored on your computer’s hard drive. You should always have a backup copy of your most important files before doing this. You can copy these onto an external hard drive or CD/DVD discs if you’re using a laptop. Or if you’re using a desktop computer, you may be able to use a networked storage device like OneDrive or Dropbox for backing up your files.
Step 3: Delete the Previous Operating System When Windows starts up again, it won’t boot into the previous operating system. So now you’ll need to delete the previous operating system. To do this, go to Settings -> Update & Security -> Recovery -> Advanced Startup -> Choose an option -> Troubleshoot -> Command Prompt and type bootrec /DeleteOS. Then restart your computer by typing exit and press Enter on your keyboard.
Step 2: Choose This PC
Once you’ve chosen Reset This PC, you’ll be given two options: Keep my files and Remove everything. If you want to keep your personal files and customizations, choose Keep my files. Otherwise, choose Remove everything.
You’ll be given another warning that all of your personal files will be deleted. If you’re sure you want to continue, click the Reset button.
Windows will now go through the process of resetting itself. This can take a while, so be patient.
Once it’s done, you’ll be prompted to either reinstall Windows from scratch or Restore from a system image. If you have a system image backup, choose that option. Otherwise, select Reinstall Windows. You’ll need to enter your product key and sign in with a Microsoft account in order to activate Windows. After signing in, you should see the Hello! screen again. From here, follow any on-screen instructions on what type of installation you would like (Keep personal files only, Customize settings, etc.).
Step 3: Erase and Reinstall Windows
- Select the Erase and Reinstall Windows option and click Next.
- You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to do this. Click Get Started.
- Your PC will restart and boot into the recovery environment.
- Select your language preferences, and then click Next.
- Click Install now.
- Accept the license terms by clicking I accept the license terms, and then click Next.
- On the Which type of installation do you want? page, select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
Step 4a (Manual Install): Open Command Prompt as Administrator and input DISKPART, then exit
Open Command Prompt as Administrator and input DISKPART. In the DiskPart tool, type in the following commands one at a time and press Enter after each:
DISKPART> LIST VOLUME
DISKPART> SELECT VOLUME # (replace # with the number of your USB drive)
DISKPART> CLEAN DISKPART> CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK LEAVE (type in EXIT and press Enter when done, then close Command Prompt)
Step 4b (Automatic Install): Enter Automatic Repair Loop
If you enter Automatic Repair loop, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the issue. Restarting your computer may help. If that doesn’t work, you can try running the System File Checker which will scan for and replace any corrupted files. You can also try running the DISM tool which can help fix any corrupt system files. If all of these fail, you may need to perform a clean install of Windows 10.
Resetting your Windows 10 system can be a helpful troubleshooting step if you’re experiencing problems with your PC. The Remove Everything option will remove all of your personal files, apps, and settings, so be sure to back up anything you want to keep before proceeding. Keep in mind that this will also remove any virus or malware that may be on your system. If you’re still having trouble after resetting, you may need to reinstall Windows 10 from scratch.