Has your PC caught a contagious malware infection that you can’t remove, or are you planning to sell your old Windows machine? Whatever the case, a system reset is the most convenient option you can choose.

That said, to make it easier for you, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide that explains everything there is to know about resetting your PC:

Step 1: Access System Reset

The first step in resetting your Windows 11 PC is to access system reset in settings or by using the advanced restart option as detailed in the steps below:

  • Go to Begin and click on the Settings button at the bottom.
  • Inside the settings, head to System.

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  • Now under system look for an option that says Recovery and click on it.

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  • In Recovery, find the Reset this PC option and click the Reset PC button next to it.

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Alternatively, you can begin the system reset by holding the key Shift key while you restart your PC/Laptop to boot into Advanced boot optionsthen go to Troubleshoot > Reset this PC.

Step 2: Starting System Reset

Now that you’ve clicked on System Reset, let’s see what you need to do next:

  • If you accessed system reset from settings, you will see a “Reset this PC” window on the screen. In this window, choose one of the following two options:
      • Keep my files: This option only removes your apps and settings, but keeps your files intact.
      • Delete all: This option, as the name suggests, erases everything, including your apps, settings, and even personal files. This option can be useful when selling or handing over your device.

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  • Once you have made your choice regarding the type of reset, a new “How would you like to reinstall Windows?” » window will appear on your screen with two options:
      • Cloud download: This option will download and reinstall Windows 11 from the cloud i.e. Microsoft server.
      • Local reinstallation: This option allows you to use whatever operating system installation media you may have on an external hard drive or flash drive.

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  • Now that you have made your choices, a new window will ask you to confirm your selected reset options. Once approved, click Reset. Your PC will now restart to begin the system reset.

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This is pretty much how you can factory reset any of your Windows machines from Windows 7 to 11.

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