How to Restore Windows 10 to Factory Settings?

Posted by @Ivy

January 30, 2018

In this article, I will show you how to restore Windows 10 to factory settings step by step. At the same time, I will tell you what to do after you factory reset Windows 10.

What are factory settings?

Factory settings are things (like software, drivers, operating system) on the computer when it was first purchased from the manufacturer. And factory settings are also called factory reset or factory restore.

At first, if you want to reset computer to factory settings, you need a restore disc. It’s included with your computer or made from software on your computer. Now, many computers no longer use a restore disc. Instead, Microsoft offers you a useful recovery option called Reset this PC, which allows you to restore computer to factory settings.

When to Restore Windows 10 to factory settings?

Here're some situations you need to reset computer to factory setting in Windows 10.

1. Your computer does not run well. After you purchase the computer for a period of time, you may encounter system crash or other serious errors. And you cannot solve it in a very short time.

2.  You want to sell the computer or give it away. If you want to sell your computer or give it to your friend, you are supposed to remove all the personal data on it ahead of time. The best way is to fatory reset Windows 10.

What will happen if you factory restore Windows 10?

During the process of Windows 10 factory reset, you have to decide whether you want to keep your files intact or not.

If you want to keep your files, the operation will only remove the installed apps and settings on the computer. If you choose to remove everything, the operation will remove all of your personal files, apps, and setting. At last, you will have a computer with factory settings, including the original software, drivers, and operating system.

If the operation uninstalls the apps you will use in the future, you need to reinstall again.

How to reset computer to factory settings in Windows 10?

If your computer is bootable, you can follow the following steps. If not, you can reset your computer via Startup options.

Step 1. Navigate to the Recovery Settings window. You can click Start menu > Settings > Update and security > Recovery to summon the Recovery Settings window.

Step 2. Click Get started under the Reset this PC option.


Step 3. Choose the Keep my files or Remove everything option. It depends on whether you want to keep your files intact. Both options will return your settings to its default and uninstall all the apps.


Step 4. Click Next when you receive the following prompt.

App Will Be Removed

Step 5. Confirm the following things and click Reset to start the pending operation. At last, just wait. The operation may keep 30 minutes to several hours based on the computer performance.

Reset PC

What to do after you factory reset Windows 10?

Indeed, there is no way to promise that your computer will run well all the time. A prevention measure is needed.

To protect your computer, you can create a system image backup. A backup can restore your computer to previous good state, even your computer crash.And this operation can be finished in a very short time. What’s more, you do not need to reinstall operating system and programs.

Here some things you need:

1. A backup and restore software.To create a full backup, backup and restore software is essential. I recommend you free AOMEI Backupper Standard. It can satisfy your needs.

2. An external storage device to save your system image backup. An external storage device like USB flash drive can avoid system image backup damaged owing to a system crash or hard drive failure. And It’s portable to take.

Detailed steps:

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it.

Step 2. Click System Backup under the Backup tab.

System Backup

Step 3. Select the destination path. To ensure you can boot your computer after restoring system image backup, AOMEI Backupper Standard will select all the related partitions automatically.

Select Destination Path

Step 4. Click Start Backup.

This article is also applied to reset laptop to factory settings in Windows 10, reset desktop to factory settings in Windows 10. 


When your computer does not run well, you can choose to restore Windows 10 to factory setting. After that, your computer will run well. But, you cannot promise that your computer will work forever.

Thus, you still need a backup image. A backup image can save your computer, even when system crash. And it can overcome the limitations of factory reset computer. you can restore your computer in a very short time. At the same time, you do not neeed to reinstall all the apps you will use in the future.