How to Use “Reset This PC” On Windows 11?

Summary: When you reset your PC, Windows will be returned to its factory state, and you’ll get a completely clean operating system. This feature can help you fix many Windows system issues like frequent blue screens of death (BSODs). While Windows 11 offers many improvements over its predecessors, the “Reset This PC” feature is still something users need to learn and master. In this article, we will show you the detailed steps to use “Reset This PC” on Windows 11.

Overview Reset This PC

Reset This PC will reinstall Windows operating system and keeps your personal files, such as photos, music, videos or personal files. However, it will remove apps and drivers you installed, and also removes the changes you made to the settings.

Resetting a PC is usually needed in two circumstances. The first scenario is when a PC will be decommissioned for sale or transferred to another user. The factory reset removes all changes since the PC left the factory, which leaves it in a clean state for sale or handoff. The second scenario is when a PC exhibits noticeable performance, stability or behavioral problems, and an in-place upgrade still won’t restore a PC to normal operation. When that happens, a clean install or a factory reset can take the PC back to its earliest Windows state, possibly fixing whatever ails it.

Steps to Reset This PC on Windows 11

Resetting your computer on Windows 11 is slightly different from previous versions. For details, please refer to the following methods.

  1. Press Win + I to open Settings, then choose System.
  2. Scroll down to Recovery in the System menu.
  3. Click Reset PC next to the Reset this PC 11-settings-system-recovery-reset this PC
  4. Then there are two options appearing, choose one of them according to your needs. The Keep my files option will keep the files but remove programs and any changes to settings. The Remove everything option gets rid of everything, but note that a data recovery tool might be able to restore your 11-reset this PC-choose an option
  5. Pick how to reinstall Windows 11. Here you can select Local reinstall first, and if you cannot reinstall Windows via Local reinstall or any errors occurred, you are able to choose Cloud download to reinstall 11-reset this PC 2
  6. Approve the settings and click 11-reset this PC 3
  7. Next, click Reset one last time to 11-reset this PC 4
  8. At this point, your PC will begin to reset and you can see its progress 11-reset this PC 5

When the process finishes, Windows 11 will reinstall and your PC will start from the setup screen. You will have to pick some preferences and then log in with your Microsoft account. Once that’s done, you’ll be back on the desktop and ready to use your PC again.

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