Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows 7 Factory Reset

Operating a Microsoft Windows 10 or Windows 7 computer can be frustrating at times. Many things are responsible for this, slowing down performance, files taking so long before they open e.t.c. It is very possible that you have been experiencing one or two of the above Microsoft Windows 10 or Microsoft Windows 7 conditions or probably right to say Windows errors or problems. This blog article on ‘How to Factory Reset Windows 10’ will guide you on how to restore back your original company or OEM Windows version back on your Windows laptops and desktops.

Follow the instructions below to reset Windows 10

First, back up your stuff!

Back up all your files, documents, apps, and other necessary data before you embark on resetting your Windows 10 computer. Also, make sure you have your passwords and bookmarks saved as well.


Step 1: Look out for Windows 10’s reset features and click on the notifications icon on

the taskbar or press the Windows button + A to access menu and click “All settings.”

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Step 2: From the left-hand menu, choose “Recovery” by clicking on “Updates & Security”

Two options will pop up: first, “Reset this PC” and “Advanced startup”. We are using the earlier because it’s easier for someone without technical skill.

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Step 3: Click the “Get started” button under the “Reset this PC” heading. Two options pop up, “Keep my files” and “Remove everything.”

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Step 4: At this point, you need to make a decision either erase everything or keep your files. Whichever you make, reinstalling of apps is necessary, likewise settings.

Step 5: Click your option. If you chose “Keep my files,” skip to Step 7.

Step 6: If you chose “Remove everything,” you are left with options: “Just remove my files” or “Remove files and clean the drive.” The second option will format the drive itself. It’s not advisable to do that unless you are planning to sell or give it out.

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Step 7: If you chose “Keep my files,” option will lead to a display of conventional programs installed on your computer (ones not installed from the Windows Store). You will access them upon successful completion of the recovery process. Click “Next.”

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Step 8: Here, you are presented with the final choice. Click “Reset” to proceed.

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The PC will reboot automatically and reset process starts. The process used to go for an hour, even more, thus it’s a good thing for laptop users to plug in the power cord. The Windows will restart and the setup process kicks off, test whether everything is working fine, update important drivers and install good antivirus software.


Microsoft Windows 7 has no built-in and refresh options thus, users have two options, the first is to re-install Windows from scratch, which isn’t a factory reset at all unless you have all the original, factory-provided install media available.

Step 1: Do a search for “Recovery” and open.

Step 2: Click “Advanced Recovery Options,”

Step 3: Click “Reinstall Windows.”

We have detailed instructions in our reinstall guide, check it out. A manufacturer-provided recovery tool or recovery partition is the second opinion. Here are common names for recovery software from each major PC manufacturer. Entering these terms into Windows’ desktop search tool can help you find them.

Acer: Acer eRecovery or Acer Recovery Management.

ASUS: ASUS Recovery Partition or AI Recovery.

Dell: Dell Factory Image Restore, DataSafe, Dell Backup & Recovery, and a variety of other names.

HP: HP System Recovery or Recovery Manager.

Lenovo: Rescue and Recovery or ThinkVantage Recovery (on ThinkPads).

Should you find it hard to get the software, another way out is to reboot your computer, pay close attention to what appears before windows loads. A shortcut key that brings you to recovery interface will pop up, usually F11.

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