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How to reset a Windows 11 PC to factory settings

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On Windows 11, if you have been using the same setup for a long time or are experiencing issues with the computer, you can use the "Reset this PC" feature to revert the system to factory default settings to resolve most common problems and improve performance.

The "Reset this PC" feature has been available since Windows 10, and on Windows 11, it also allows you to reinstall Windows with multiple options. For example, you have an option to restore the factory settings keeping your settings and files, and there is another option to remove everything to help resolve problems starting up or shutting down, excessive memory usage, performance running apps, battery draining quickly, or getting rid off a tough malware.

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The feature even offers an option to use the original image instead of a custom manufacturer recovery image that may contain unwanted bloatware and configurations.

In this Windows 11 guide, we'll walk you through three different methods to reset your computer to its factory settings without your files or erasing everything.

How to factory reset Windows 11 preserving filesHow to factory reset Windows 11 ereasing everything

How to factory reset Windows 11 preserving files

To reset a Windows 11 laptop or desktop to its factory default settings without losing the files, use these steps:

Open Settings.Click on System.

Click the Recovery page on the right side.

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Under the "Recovery options" section, click the Reset PC button for the "Reset this PC" feature.

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Click the Keep my files option.

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Select the option to reset Windows 11:

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Cloud download: Download a fresh copy of the installation from the cloud and reinstall Windows 11. However, this option will not restore the tools, apps, and configuration that came with the original image provided by the manufacturer.Local reinstall: Uses the files already available to reset the computer. If this is a branded device (such as Dell, Asus, Lenovo, etc.), this process will restore the factory drivers, settings, and tools.Review the apps to reinstall after the reset to factory settings.

Click the Next buttion.

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Click the Reset button.

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once you complete the steps, the computer will reset to the factory settings preserving your files.

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