Ways to Reset Windows PC to Factory Settings!
Is your Windows computer performing sluggishly? Are the installed applications taking longer than they should to load? Do you suspect that there could be a virus or malware in it? Do you want your Windows-based PC to quickly start functioning normally? Well, the answers to all these queries lie in just one solution! Resetting a Windows PC to factory conditions not only cleans up the computer, but also makes it run at optimal speed and performance. So, you could try this option too… it’s simpler than you think!
Here are four different ways in which you can reset your Windows computer:
Reset PC using Recovery Partition
Nowadays, computers and laptops are shipping with pre-installed operating system and a recovery partition to restore it, in case required. Partition is a portion of the hard drive that is used to limit the amount of space used for certain data. For instance, a hard drive could come with several partitions like – a partition containing all the recovery setup files for refreshing the operating system, a separate partition for the OS and other installed programs, and a third one for the extra data stored on your PC.
To start a recovery partition, you will first have to press one of the F keys as soon as you hit the power button. You can look out for the F key as per your brand, for instance, to begin the recovery partition on:
- Acer– press Alt+F10 key
- ASUS – press F9
- Dell/Alienware – press F8
As you press the F key on your respective Windows computer, your PC will communicate with the BIOS that you want to run the recovery setup and not load the Windows installation. Now, you just need to follow the on-screen prompts to complete the recovery partition. Once it gets over, your computer will get back to the same state as it was when you turned it on for the first time.
Recovery Disc - Another way of resetting a PC
Opt for Recovery discs if your computer does not have a recovery partition. All computers shipped with pre-installed OS that does not have recovery partition typically come along with recovery discs. These are simple CDs or DVDs that contain all the recovery setup files.
Resetting Windows PC with recovery discs is very much similar to the process followed with recovery partition. The only difference between the two processes is that on one you boot off the discs and in the other you use the recovery partition.
Refresh or Reset Windows 8 or later versions
If you are using Microsoft Windows 8 or later OS versions on your PC, then you are definitely better off. In these editions of Windows, Microsoft has implemented two options - refresh and reset- to make the factory reset process faster. These options let you reset your Windows computers as per your requirement.
For instance, if you want to keep your personal data and the installed Metro apps and delete the rest of the applications from your PC, you can go ahead with the Refresh option. Whereas, if you want to remove everything and reinstall your Windows OS, you can go forward with the second option i.e. reset. By resetting, you will lose everything, including Metro apps, personal data, and other applications. Here’s how you can access these options:
- Go to the right sidebar of your PC and open the ‘Settings’ charm.
- From the ‘Settings’ charm, click the ‘Change PC Settings’ option given at the bottom.
- Select the ‘General Category’ and then hit the ‘Get Started’ button given under your option of choice.
Follow the above steps to access the options and thereby reset your Windows PC very conveniently.
If your computer did not ship with any recovery data and you need to reset your computer to optimize its performance, you will have to reinstall Windows from scratch. You can do so by using your Windows key and the Windows installation disc. This is one of the oldest ways of resetting a computer and it works best for most Windows versions.
These are some of the options to factory reset your Windows computer; use the one that best suits your needs. Still, if you need any help in resetting your Windows computer, just call iYogi tech experts for instant and reliable tech assistance. Quality tech support is just a step away. To avail of the best tech support services by iYogi, dial the provided toll-free number now!