Reset Windows 10 Without Losing Data

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Windows 10 is by far the best Windows operating system ever released by Microsoft. It is fast, elegant, and filled with great features. The operating system works well even on older computers with less memory and processing power.


Still, sometimes Windows 10 can have some issues. Maybe you accidentally downloaded some spyware that has infected your computer’s browser. Perhaps the computer has become sluggish and unresponsive all of a sudden.


Don’t panic. There is an easy way to reset Windows 10 without losing all your data. This method is a fairly simple way to refresh Windows 10 without having to start completely from scratch.


Important: When you reset Windows 10, you are in effect doing a reinstall of the Windows 10 operating system. Your personal files will remain intact, but you will have to reinstall your programs and Windows Store apps.


10 Easy Steps to Reset Windows 10

Resetting Windows 10 is not overly difficult, but you want to be sure you have backed up your files and that you have a working Internet connection.


Don’t attempt to reset the system if you need to use your computer immediately – it will take some time. And please be aware that with any sort of major adjustment to the system, there is still a risk of a glitch.


With all that said, here are the steps to reset Windows 10:


1. Backup your files. (Very important step)
Yes, even though this process is designed to keep your files intact, it is still a good idea to back them up to another location other than your computer. You might consider using a cloud backup location like Dropbox or Microsoft’s OneDrive.

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Once your files are backed up, the next steps are fairly simple.


2. Click the Windows “Start” button.
This is found on the lower left-hand corner of your screen.

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3. Select “Settings,” which is represented by a little gear box icon.
This will bring up the settings menu.

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4. Click on “Update & security.”
Subtitled, “Windows Update, recovery, backup,” this option is represented by two arrows making up a circle.

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5. On the left, click on “Recovery.”
If you can’t find it, you can also type “recovery” into the search box.

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6. Under “Reset this PC” click on the grey “Get started” box.
A box will come up with two options. Be careful with your next selection:

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7. Click on “Keep my files (Removes apps and settings, but keeps your personal files.)”
If you accidentally click on “Remove everything,” hit the Cancel button in the lower right-hand corner of the box.

There have been times when a corrupt third party app has been the reason Windows 10 stop working properly.

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8. Select “Next” (twice).
This gives you an opportunity to confirm that you will keep your files but need to reinstall all your applications.

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9. Hit “Reset.”
There’s no turning back now. Once you’ve hit reset the process will start. Wait for a moment as it will take some time.

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10. Reinstall Your Apps
Windows will have a list of apps that were removed saved on desktop. You can use the list as a reminder.

Reset Windows 10 Using Windows Recovery Environment mode

If the “Reset” function doesn’t work in the operating system, then use the Windows Recovery Environment mode. Follow these steps:


Log out of Windows or press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys.



Press and hold down the Shift key.

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Click on the Power icon button on the bottom right of your screen.

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Click on Restart and continue to hold down the Shift key until the “Choose an option” screen shows up.

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Click Troubleshoot.

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Select “Reset this PC”.

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Windows Reset Functions are Not Fool-Proof


Most of the time, a Windows 10 reset will work flawlessly. On occasion, however, you might have a problem.


If you’ve tried the above procedure and it wouldn’t work, or you found you were unable to boot up the machine after a reset was performed, we can help.


Contact us today and we can rescue your Windows 10 desktop or laptop quickly and safely.