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Published 1 month agoWed, 06 Feb 2019 14:34:02 -0800 | Last update 6 days agoThu, 14 Mar 2019 11:26:42 -0700

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Tags: Command Prompt, Factory Reset, Windows 10,

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Two questions:

  1. How do I do a factory reset on Windows 10 in general (from the GUI)?
  2. Is there a way to do it from Command Prompt as well? It would be great to have that option too.

Thanks in advance.

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• [2019-02-06 14:34 PST] Some Guy (1 month ago)
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You can either restore your Windows 10 system to a previous date if you had System Restore enabled or Reset the PC. There's nothing like going back to the factory settings besides a complete format. Even that is used while allowing for other drives to retain their data.

System Restore is easy to access. All you got to do is run a search for it in Start. You need to enable it for the restoration process to work. If you haven't done it beforehand, you cannot restore to a previous date. Better turn it on now!

Resetting is also easy. Go to Settings and choose the Update & security button. In the left sidebar, there will be the Recovery panel. There, click on Get started under the Reset this PC section. It will now ask you to either keep your files or delete them. Click Reset and Continue after choosing the option you'd like to (additional options come after you choose to remove files, like cleaning the hard disk and a warning).

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You cannot reset the system using the Command Prompt. It was possible in 7 and XP, however, using the rstrui.exe component of windows. Now, what you can do by the Command Prompt is to fix your Windows by repairing it and getting rid of any corrupted files. That is as good as resetting to factory defaults, trust me. All you will need to follow-up with is a legit formatting afterwards! So, if you want to repair your Windows 10 using the Command Prompt, follow these steps:

You need to access the Advanced Startup Options in order to be able to access the Command Prompt to reset your system before it boots. You can access it by two ways. The first one is you close all applications, go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. Here, find the Advanced startup section and click on Restart now. This restarts your system. This restart will be different. Your system will automatically boot in with a few additional options that we need right now. The second way to access the Advanced Startup Options is to normally shut your PC down and press the power button. While it's booting, keep pressing the F11 key. This will also bring up the screen from where you can access the Advanced Startup Options.

You will basically get three options, either way, you do this: Continue (if you don't want to make any pre-boot changes and want to normal boot), Troubleshoot, and Turn off. Click on Troubleshoot. Keyboard also works on these blue screens. You will get options like Reset this PC and Advanced options. Click on Advanced options. Here, you will get advanced options to troubleshoot your PC. Click on the Startup Repair tool button. Now, you will see a numbered list. All numbers will have different kinds of advanced startup options. Pick 6) Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. This will trigger another restart.

Now, bear with me. I know it can be quite hard to follow.

The restart will take your system to the Safe Mode. A lot of functionalities are disabled. Networking is on because we chose option number six. Press Windows and X together and choose "Command Prompt (Admin)".

Now, issue the following command if you want to repair your Windows:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

This process might take a while. Once done, simply restart your computer. No advanced startup needed this time, make it a normal boot. You will be good to go. Follow-up with a format of the C drive if you want to keep your files or of all drives if you want a blank slate and you will have it.

Download more RAM. 🐏 ⨉ 0 Posted by roxblade 6 days ago 🕓 Posted at 14 March, 2019 13:11 PM PDT
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Depending on your setup and installed version of Windows, you have a few different ways to Windows 10 factory reset a laptop or desktop

First: Make Sure You Back Up

  • The Built-In Reset Option on Windows 10
  • Use the “Fresh Start” Option in Windows 10
  • Reinstall Using Windows Installation Media
  • Advanced Factory Reset Options
Download more RAM. 🐏 ⨉ 0 Posted by billbarren 15 hours ago 🕓 Posted at 19 March, 2019 23:53 PM PDT

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