How to Factory Reset Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to factory reset Windows 11 using the recovery mode in the GUI and from the command prompt or terminal console.

Whether you want to fix a slow Windows computer, or restore from an incident that caused Windows 11 to not run properly, or just want to sell it without your personal information, resetting Windows 11 is you may want to do.

Windows 11 built-in ‘Reset’ feature help you restore all system settings, apps, files and bring back your PC to a default state like new.

There are multiple ways to reset Windows. One can use Windows’ control panel or use the command line prompt to do it. Either way should get you to reset Windows.

However, using the command line work best if your computer is very slow that it takes a difficult time getting to the control panel. Simply open the command prompt as administrator and run a one line command to initial Windows system reset.

If you’re a student or new user looking for a computer to start learning on, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with resetting Windows 11, follow the steps below:

Reset Windows 11 from System Settings App

One way to reset Windows 11 to default new state is via the systems settings app. Use this method if you can still access Windows and navigate to the System settings easily.

To get there, click on Start and select Settings as shown in the image below.

windows 11 settings button

In Systems Settings app, locate the sidebar on the left and click “System.” In the options to the right of the window, select “Recovery

windows 11 recovery

On the Recovery settings page, click Reset PC button highlighted in the section below.

windows 11 reset this pc

When you click the Reset button, a separate window will appear.

  • Keep my files: Use this option if you want to keep your personal files, but remove apps and settings installed since you first signed into it. This is a safer and fastest reset option. It may also resolve many issues.
  • Remove everything: This option will remove all your personal files, programs, and apps will roll back your machine to a brand new state. Use this options if the above option didn’t resolve your issues.
windows 11 choose reset option

For this post, we’re going to be removing everything.

The next screen will bring up two options.

Cloud download: This options assumes you have internet connection and that you PC is connected. Choose this option to download and reinstall Windows.

Local reinstall: This use this option if you have the original disc or have Windows 11 on a local disc to use.

windows 11 reset cloud download

On the next screen, select Change settings for additional setting changes.

windows 11 reset additional settings

There are more options here.

Clean data: Use this option if you are donating your PC or giving it away and want to only delete your personal files and data. This option is quicker but less secure.

Confirm and continue.

windows 11 reset choose settings

Click Next to continue with the reset.

windows 11 reset recovery

At the end of the wizard, click the Reset button to begin. The options selected above will:

  • Remove all the personal files and user account on this PC
  • Remove any changes made to settings
  • Remove all apps and programs
  • Download and reinstall Windows

This is going to take a while so grab a cup or coffee and wait.

When you’re ready to begin, click the Reset button.

windows 11 read to reset this pc

Reset Windows 11 from Command Prompt

Another way to reset Windows 11 is from Windows command prompt as administrator. To do that, type ‘Command Prompt‘ in the Windows Search bar, and then right-click the Command Prompt app from the search results and select Run as administrator.

windows 11 command prompt administrator

When the command prompt opens, run the commands below to initial Windows reset.

systemreset --factoryreset

That should launch Windows reset wizard with an option to choose the type of reset to perform.  Here, you can choose to either remove apps and settings, but keeps your personal files, or you can remove everything, including your personal files, apps and settings.

windows 11 choose reset option

If you’re selling your computer, you’ll want to choose an option to remove everything. If you simply want to reset Windows to its defaults without losing your files and settings, then choose an option to keep your files.

If you choose to remove everything, it may take significantly longer to complete, but this will ensure that all your personal data are erased and cleaned.

windows 11 reset cloud download

A typical laptop computer might take up to 5 hours to complete the option to remove file and clean the drive. This option will make it harder for someone to recover your deleted files and that’s why if you’re recycling or selling your computer, the option is the best to select.

If you’re simply removing your file, it should take less longer but less secure. You should choose this option if you want to fix a slow Windows computer.

windows 11 read to reset this pc

When you’re ready click the Rest button to begin.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed students and new users how to reset Windows 11 computers. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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