Restore Computer is a Windows feature that enables you to fix certain type of crashes and other computer related issues such as slow processing, hanging issues, viruses, data lost, etc. Beforehand, you need to have the proper knowledge on how to restore computer, or you might skip necessary steps during the restoration process, resulting in the failure of your immature experiment.
We are taking the example of Windows 10 in this article, to walk you through the entire process but Restore Computer has been around since the inception of Windows OS, and the process is quite equivalent with all the versions of Windows.
The guidelines offered in the article are genuine and applicable to Windows 7, 8 and 10. However, you might encounter minor differences but that too, will be clarified in the walkthrough. But before we embark on our journey, let us take a quick glance on why you need to perform computer restore.
Why Computer restore?
When something unexpected goes terribly wrong in your system because of a bad piece of software you installed without proper investigation. The problem may occur due to various reasons but a high probability indicates that an app you installed might be corrupted, or a driver broke something important – in such scenarios, a possible fix is hard to discover as you don’t know what ails your system in particular.
Restore Computer allows you to bring it back to its last working state without asking you to perform system diagnosis and troubleshoot errors. It backs up your precious data before you pull the plug.
Explore the steps to reset Windows 10 and give your PC a new life:
- Go to the “Start Menu” tab located at the bottom left corner of your PC and click on it
- Go to the “Settings”
- Navigate to “Update and Security” tab located in the “Settings” option
- Under the main menu, select and press the “Recovery” tab
- Under the “Reset this PC”, select “Get Started” option to launch the process for System Restore Windows 10
- In this step, you will be prompted to either choose an option to “keep your files” or just “Remove everything” from your PC.
- If you choose to keep your files, then it will keep your personal files intact in the hard drive and removes everything else including software, programs, apps, drivers installed in your PC. Also, it removes changes to settings.
- If you choose to “Remove everything”, this will clean your hard drive by removing all your personal files, apps and settings as well as Restore Windows 10.
- If you click “Keep my files” tab, then a display prompt will appear on screen.
- Click “Next” to confirm that you understand you will reinstall the apps and software after the reset.
- Click “Next”
- Press the “Reset” tab to confirm that you want to Restore Windows 10
- Please note that the guidelines mentioned above are irrevocable, and cannot be reversed. So better, think twice before pressing the “Reset” tab, as it will remove all your apps, data, files, and settings that wasn’t saved.
The instructions are enough to restore computer without seeking outside help. However, in case, you stumble on something while restoring your computer, you can always contact Microsoft Customer Support for technical guidance.