How do you reset your computer?

Delete all data from your computer and restore it to factory settings by resetting Windows 11.

When your computer starts to slow down, the operating system it’s running is often the main culprit. Over the months and installing applications of all kinds, Windows 11 finds itself tainted with a whole host of services and tasks running silently in the background, cluttering your device’s resources.

Oftentimes, a simple and clean reinstall of the system is enough to get everything back to normal. You don’t need any computer knowledge to reset your computer. If most experienced users prefer to perform a manual reinstallation of Windows 11 by downloading the disk image in ISO format, then it is quite possible to reset the Microsoft operating system using the built-in wizard in Windows 11.

And if resetting your computer proves effective in rebooting to a clean system, processing can also be helpful in deleting personal data stored on the device before it can be resold. Be careful, before any manipulations, make sure that all your files (documents, photos, music, movies, etc.) are saved on an external storage device or on the cloud.

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1. Open Settings

open them Settings From Windows 11 using a keyboard shortcut Windows + i. In the side column of SettingsDetermine Systemthen enter the menu Recovery.

2. Enter Reset

On the Settings page Recoveryclick the . button Reset your PC.

3. Choose your preference

new blue window Reset this computer It should then open. Windows offers two options.

the first, keep my filesIt allows you to reset Windows by deleting all applications installed on it and returning various system settings to their default values, while keeping all your personal files (documents, photos, videos, music, etc.).

the second, delete allwipes the board clean and deletes all data from the system to return it to its factory configuration.

prefer the second option as much as possible, delete all. Make sure, however, that you have backed up all your files, in the cloud, or on an external storage device for example.

4. Select the type of reinstallation

The next step, identical regardless of the choice made previously, presents two options for reinstallation. the first, cloud downloadTake care of downloading the latest Windows installation image to install it on your device.

the second, local resettlementcontinues as its name suggests with a local reinstall, from the Windows files already on your computer.

If you have a fast enough internet connection, always prefer the option cloud download.

5. Customize options

next screen, Additional settings, displays a summary of the action you are about to take. Click on Edit the parameters to see additional options.

By default, the Windows Reset Wizard simply deletes your files without overwriting any data over them. If the process is faster to reinstall Windows, it is less secure. If you plan to give away your computer for resale or give away, select yes for option clean data.

If the Windows reinstallation procedure is longer, it will also be safer because Windows will clean up your computer’s hard drive and overwrite the data over the old disks, making any attempt to recover your data more difficult. Then click confirmedthen on next one.

6. Start the reset

The Windows Reset Wizard now displays a summary of the operations it is about to perform on your computer.

Click on Re-Set To start reset your computer. Be patient, the process may take several tens of minutes, during which your device will restart several times.

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