How to Reset Your Windows 11/10 PC: A Step-by-Step Guide

Reinstalling your operating system can resolve various computer issues, including sluggish performance and malware infections. Windows provides two reset options, each with distinct benefits:

  1. Keep Personal Files: Reinstalls Windows while preserving your personal files.
  2. Remove Everything: Deletes all files, applications, and settings before reinstalling Windows.

Note: For computers with encryption enabled, you might need the BitLocker key to reset. Refer to “Find my BitLocker recovery key” if unsure.

Reset Your PC and Keep Your Files:

This option reinstalls Windows while safeguarding personal files like photos, music, and documents. It removes apps, drivers, and settings changes. Be prepared for a lengthy process.

Methods for Reinstalling Windows:

Choose between two methods, depending on your computer’s specifications:

Method 1: Reset via Windows Settings

  • Windows 11
  • Windows 10

Windows 11 Operating System

For more detailed instructions, watch this ASUS YouTube video: How to reset system in Windows 11.

  • Open the Windows search bar, type and search for “Reset this PC,” then click “Open.”

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In the “Reset this PC” field, click “Reset PC.”

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Select “Keep my files.”

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Choose “Local reinstall” or “Cloud download” (for an internet-connected PC) if local reinstall fails.

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Click “Change settings.”

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Set “Restore apps and settings which came with this PC” to “Yes” and select “Confirm.”

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Confirm settings and click “Next.”

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Proceed after any notifications.

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Click “View apps that will be removed” to see a list of removed applications.

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Select “Reset” to initiate Windows 11 reinstallation. Ensure your AC adapter is connected and avoid forced shutdowns.

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By following these steps, you can reset your Windows 11/10 PC to its original configuration, addressing various software issues.

Resetting Windows 10 Operating System

Watch a Detailed Tutorial: For more comprehensive instructions, you can watch the ASUS YouTube video on “How to Reset the PC and Keep Personal Files” by clicking on this link.

Access Reset Feature: Begin by typing “[Reset this PC]” in the Windows search bar and then click “Open”.

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Initiate Reset: Click “Get started”.

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Choose File Preservation: Select “Keep my files”.

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Opt for Local Reinstall: Opt for “Local reinstall”. Note: If local reinstall fails or errors occur, you can opt for a Cloud download if your computer is connected to the internet.

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Adjust Settings: Click “Change settings”.

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Restore Apps and Settings: Set the option “[Restore apps and settings which came with this PC]” as “Yes” and confirm by selecting “Confirm”. Note: Choosing “No” for built-in Windows 10 systems removes ASUS apps and settings that came preinstalled.

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Confirm Settings: Ensure all settings are correct and then click “Next”

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Review Removed Apps: Click “View apps that will be removed” to see a list of applications that will be deleted.

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Proceed with Reset: Select “Reset” to initiate the Windows 10 reinstallation process. Ensure your AC adapter is connected and avoid forced shutdowns.

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Method 2: Reinstalling Windows via Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)

Before proceeding with this method, ensure your computer is in Windows Recovery Environment. Learn more about accessing Windows Recovery Environment [here](insert link).

Access Troubleshoot: Once in Windows Recovery Environment, select “Troubleshoot”.

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Select Reset Option: Choose “Reset this PC”.

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Preserve Files: Select “Keep my files”.

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Choose Account: Pick your user account.

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Enter Password: Enter your account password, then click “Continue”. If you don’t have a password for this account, select “Continue” directly.

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Opt for Local Reinstall: Select “Local reinstall”. If local reinstall encounters issues, you can opt for Cloud download if your computer is online.

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Initiate Reset: Finally, select “Reset” to commence the Windows reinstallation process. Ensure your AC adapter is connected and avoid forced shutdowns.

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Performing a Complete PC Reset

Watch a Detailed Tutorial: For more comprehensive instructions, you can watch the ASUS YouTube video on “How to Reset the PC and Remove All Personal Files, Apps, and Settings” by clicking on this link.

Note: Resetting your computer will take a considerable amount of time. During the reset process, your screen may go black for an extended period, and your computer may restart on its own. Please ensure that your computer is plugged in and avoid forcefully shutting it down to prevent any issues that could lead to a failed reset.

Method 1: Reinstall Windows via Reset this PC in Settings

Windows 11 Operating System

Type and search “[Reset this PC]” in the Windows search bar, then click “Open”.

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Click “Reset PC” in the “Reset this PC” field.

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Select “Remove everything”.

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Choose “Local reinstall”. Note: If you cannot reinstall Windows via Local reinstall or encounter errors, you can opt for a Cloud download if your computer is online.

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Click “Change settings”.

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Based on your preferences, select the appropriate settings, then click “Confirm”.

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Confirm the settings, then click “Next”.

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Proceed after any notifications.

Click “Reset” to initiate Windows 11 reinstallation. Ensure your AC adapter is connected and avoid forced shutdowns.

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Windows 10 Operating System

Type and search “[Reset this PC]” in the Windows search bar, then click “Open”.

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Click “Get started” in the “Reset this PC” section.

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Select “Remove everything”.

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Click “Change settings”.

Based on your preferences, select the appropriate settings, then click “Confirm”.

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Confirm the settings, then click “Next”.

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Ensure your AC adapter is connected before resetting the PC to prevent issues.

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Click “Reset”. The computer will start reinstalling Windows.
Note: Please ensure that the AC adapter is connected during the reset process and avoid forced shutdowns.

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Method 2: Reinstall Windows via Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)

Accessing Windows Recovery Environment: First, let your computer enter Windows Recovery Environment. Learn more about accessing Windows Recovery Environment [here](insert link).

Once in Windows Recovery Environment, select “Troubleshoot”.

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Choose “Reset this PC”.

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Select “Remove everything”.

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Choose “Local reinstall”. Note: If you cannot reinstall Windows via Local reinstall or encounter errors, you can opt for a Cloud download if your computer is online.

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Based on your preferences, select the appropriate settings.

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Click “Reset”. The computer will start reinstalling Windows.
Note: Please ensure that the AC adapter is connected during the reset process and avoid forced shutdowns.

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Also read: How to Reset Your Net Banking Password Safely

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1: What does a complete PC reset mean?
A1: A complete PC reset involves restoring your Windows computer to its original configuration, erasing all files, applications, and settings, essentially starting fresh.

Q2: When should I consider performing a complete PC reset?
A2: You might want to reset your PC if you’re facing persistent software issues, sluggish performance, or want to start anew without any existing files or settings.

Q3: Will a complete PC reset remove my personal files?
A3: Yes, a complete PC reset removes all personal files, including documents, photos, and videos. Make sure to back up important data before proceeding.

Q4: What happens to pre-installed software and Windows Store apps during a complete reset?
A4: All pre-installed software, including ASUS apps and Windows Store applications, will be deleted during a complete PC reset.

Q5: Can I revert to the previous Windows version after performing a reset?
A5: If you upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11, performing a reset will prevent you from reverting to the previous operating system version.

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