How to restore a PC with Windows 11 to its factory settings?

How to restore a PC with Windows 11 to its factory settings?

If your Windows 11 PC is slow or causing problems, you can reset it to the factory default settings. This option comes in two flavours. Full reset with deletion of all files or preservation of documents.

I will recommend that you delete all files but first back up all documents, images and other files. You can do this by following this practical tip. How to automatically back up your desktop, documents and images with OneDrive?

Reset a PC with Windows 11 to its factory settings?

In this video, you can go through all the steps to reset your Windows-11 computer yourself. If you need every step exactly, please read this blog. Per step, you can find an accompanying screen shot.

Press start in Windows and then choose -> settings

In the Windows start menu, tap on Settings.

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Under System - Recovery options, select Recovery.

First select: System -> then choose the recovery options and select -> Recovery

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Then choose -> Reset this computer.

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There are 2 options for restoring your computer

  • Without deleting all documents, applications and settings.
  • Delete everything, files, applications and settings.

To remove everything properly, the 2nd option is always the best.

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After clicking on: Delete all files and settings you will get the following menu.

Here you can decide whether you want to download a new Windows 11 version via the Cloud or a local reinstallation.

If you have enough bandwidth, it is always better to get the latest version of Windows 11 via the Cloud.

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Confirm your choice.

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Press Reset one last time

Press reset one last time to confirm the steps the restore procedure will take to bring your Windows-11 machine back to its original state, factory settings.

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Your computer will restart as it was purchased from the shop.

Also read

The most common tips to speed up a slow Windows 11 computer
How to install custom fonts in Windows 11?
How to enable or disable Windows Featuresin Windows 10 or 11
How to open Task Manager - Stop and start services in Windows 11
How to make the full right-click menu the default in Windows 11?
How to download and install Windows 11

Jasper

Jasper

Welcome to 365tips.be. On this website you can read articles and experiences about Office 365 with focus on Microsoft Teams. Feel free to ask me a question and I will answer it in a blog post. Help others by giving feedback at the bottom of the articles. This blog is made in Dutch. The multilingual website is offered with best-effort machine translation.
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