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How to Factory Reset Your Windows 11 PC or laptop

Here’s how you can quickly reset your Windows 11 PC or laptop.

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A factory reset is a quick way to clear all data on your PC or laptop in case you want to sell it. If you are experiencing issues with your PC, a factory reset may come in handy. There are a couple of ways you can reset your PC, even if you dont have access to the admin account password. While Windows gives you the option to retain your personal files, it is always a good idea to back up your data before a complete reset. In this article, we bring you two quick ways to perform a factory reset on your Windows 11 PC or laptop.

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How to Factory Reset your Windows 11 PC or laptop from Settings

Step 1: Go to Settings and select System from the menu on the left.

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Step 1: Go to Settings and select System from the menu on the left.

Step 2: Scroll down and select Recovery.

Step 2: Scroll down and select Recovery.

Step 3: In the following window, click on ‘Reset PC’.

Step 3: In the following window, click on ‘Reset PC’.

Step 4: You will be presented with two options. You can choose to keep your personal files and remove apps & settings or remove all of your personal files, apps, and settings. Choose the option you want.

You will be presented with two options. how to factory reset windows 11 from settings

Step 5: Select how you would like to reinstall Windows. You can choose between ‘Cloud download’ or ‘Local download’.

Step 6: After you’ve made your choice, click on next to confirm your selection and then click on reset to begin the factory reset process. 

It will take some time for your PC to reset and for Windows 11 to get reinstalled. After the process is complete, your PC will restart.

How to Factory Reset your Windows 11 PC or laptop from Recovery Mode

Step 1: Turn on your  PC and click on the power icon on the login screen.

Step 2: Long press the Shift key and click on Restart. Don’t release the Shift key until you see ‘please wait’ on the screen. This is how you can restart your PC in recovery mode.

Step 3: Click on ‘Troubleshoot’ and select ‘Reset this PC’.

Step 4: In the following screen, you can choose whether you want to keep your personal files or remove all data including your personal files.

Step 5: Select how you would like to reinstall Windows. You can choose between ‘Cloud download’ or ‘Local download’.

Step 6: Click on Reset to begin the Factory Reset process. Your PC will restart after it has been reset.

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Conclusion 

These are the two quick ways to factory reset your Windows 11 PC or laptop. You can also reinstall Windows using a bootable USB drive. If you are experiencing certain issues with your laptop, performing a factory reset should be a last-ditch effort in fixing them. Try to diagnose the issue before completely wiping your laptop of all data. If you found this article helpful, let us know in the comments!

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