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This step-by-step beginner's guide will show you how to completely reset Windows 10 i.e. remove everything and install Windows 10.

Earlier, we’ve seen how to reinstall Windows 10 without affecting your files i.e. Refresh Windows 10. Refresh seems to be wisest option when you’ve multiple issues and you don’t want to loose your precious data to fix them. However, in some cases, Refresh might not able to fix the multiple issues you’re having with your Windows 10. For such cases, remove everything and install Windows 10 i.e. Reset Windows 10 is useful.

Reset operation mainly covers two phases. In first phase, Windows will wipe all the data (apps, accounts, personal files) on the system root drive and in second phase, a clean install of Windows 10 will be done. Since the personal data has to erased, you should backup it using System Image feature or on a USB/HDD. Though you may easily format and make clean install using Windows 10 bootable USB, but if you do same thing via Reset feature, you won’t face any activation related issues later.

So in this guide, we’ve detailed all the steps so that you can easily Reset your Windows 10 with the help of them. Let’s get started now..

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

NOTE: You must plug your battery operated Windows 10 device to AC power source, before you proceed.

WAY 1 – Using Settings App, If Your PC Is Bootable

1. Open Settings app, go to Update & security > Recovery. Under Reset this PC, click Get Started.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

2. Then select Remove Everything option.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

3. Next, select Remove files and clean the drive option.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

4. Then hit the Reset button on next screen.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

5. You may need to wait for few minutes now, until Windows prepares itself for Reset operation.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

6. Now Windows will automatically restart and perform Reset, progress of which you can see on following screen:

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

7. Another restart, and you’ll see a fresh copy of Windows is being installed.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

8. Next, choose the language, keyboard layout and your time zone in following screen. Click Next.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

9. On next screen, click Accept button for End User License Agreement (EULA).

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

10. Moving on, you can hit Use Express Settings button or click Customize to have custom settings.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

11. Then you need to create a new user account in below shown screen. Since we’ve performed Reset, obviously previous accounts and their data should be deleted now.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

12. Choose whether you want to use Cortana.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

Finally, you’re at Desktop and the Reset has been completed finally.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

WAY 2 – Using Windows Advanced Recovery Options, If Your PC Is Not Bootable

1. Plug in your system recovery disc or Windows 10 bootable USB and start your system and press any key to continue.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

2. Wait while your computer boots from your plugged disc.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

3. Then click on Next in Windows Setup screen shown below.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

4. Moving on, click on Repair your computer link in next screen of same window.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

5. Now click Troubleshoot in below shown screen.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

6. Then click Reset this PC.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

7. On next screen, select Remove everything option.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

8. Then choose Clean the drive fully option.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

9. Finally, click Reset button to start Reset operation.

How To Completely Reset Windows 10

Onward steps are similar to steps 6-12 mentioned in WAY 1.

Hope you find the guide useful!

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