How to Factory Reset a Custom PC Running Windows 10

If you are experiencing issues with your custom-built PC running Windows 10, performing a factory reset can help resolve many software-related problems. Factory resetting your PC will restore it to its original state when it was first purchased, removing any installed programs and personal files. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of factory resetting a custom PC on Windows 10.

Step 1: Back Up Your Important Files

Before proceeding with the factory reset, it is crucial to back up any important files or data you wish to keep. This includes documents, photos, videos, and other personal files you don't want to lose. You can use an external hard drive, USB flash drive, or cloud storage services like Google Drive or Dropbox to create a backup.

Step 2: Access the Recovery Options

To initiate the factory reset process, you need to access the recovery options. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the "Start" menu located at the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Select the "Settings" gear icon, which will open the Windows Settings menu.
  3. Within the Settings menu, click on the "Update & Security" option.
  4. In the left sidebar, choose the "Recovery" tab.
  5. Under the "Reset this PC" section, click on the "Get Started" button.

Step 3: Choose Reset Options

Depending on your preference, there are two reset options available:

  • Keep my files: This option will remove apps and settings, but keep your personal files intact.
  • Remove everything: This option will remove all apps, settings, and personal files. It provides a clean slate for your PC.

Select the desired option and click on the "Next" button.

Step 4: Start the Reset Process

After selecting the reset option, you will be prompted to confirm your choice and begin the reset process. Review the information displayed and click on the "Reset" button.

At this point, your PC will restart, and the factory reset process will commence. It may take some time, so be patient and avoid interrupting the process.

Step 5: Set up Windows 10

Once the factory reset completes, your PC will restart, and you will be guided through the initial setup process, just like when you first purchased the computer. Follow the on-screen instructions to configure your language preferences, time zone, and other settings.

Step 6: Restore Your Backed Up Files

After setting up Windows 10, you can now restore your backed up files. Connect your external storage device or log into your cloud storage service and copy the files back to your PC.


Performing a factory reset on a custom PC running Windows 10 can help resolve various software-related issues. By following the step-by-step guide outlined above, you can easily initiate the factory reset process and set up a refreshed Windows environment. Remember to back up your important files before proceeding to avoid any data loss. Enjoy the benefits of a clean Windows 10 install!

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