The primary reason for changing settings on your Windows is to resolve some technical issues. However, this process can delete bloatware from your computer. If you follow Microsoft’s recovery suggestions, you can start over.
In order to help users resolve the most frequently encountered issues, the company has allowed you to reset your computer, regardless of whether the problems happen on your laptop or a PC. In addition, in the middle of the year 2016, Microsoft has launched an application to let users download a clean version of Windows running on Insider Preview Builds without bloatware. Keep reading the information below to find out more about all the alternative methods you can try to reboot and wipe your computer.
Step 1: recognise the issue itself
In a nutshell, there is plenty of ways to resolve problems with Windows. However, before you begin resetting your computer, try other different fixes ranging from finding out the BSOD codes or simply checking that you are 100% sure that you do not know how to deal with some common issues, and that yours is not one of them.
Step 2: Recovery of your PC and Methods of Resetting
In case you are unable to resolve the problems independently, the only option left is rebooting your Windows. Follow the steps below to do so:
- Find the option, go to Settings (in Start Menu), or look up “ settings” in the search bar of the same menu.
- Click on “Update and security” and then “Recovery”
- Press on “Reset PC”. Alternatively, you can also go to “Advanced Start-up”; “Get Started” (which is in the “Reset this PC” window). Another window will appear, and you will be presented with a choice of 2 methods: 1) “Keep my files” 2) “Remove everything”.
Bear in mind that these 2 options are not the same. Keep reading to find out more about each.
Option 1: “Keep my files”
The main purpose of this is to delete all applications and change the settings, but to leave personal documents of yours safely kept.
Once you choose this method, your Windows will load all programs which will be deleted soon from either the Windows Store or just the Applications, which you downloaded.
Afterwards, your computer will keep a record of the applications, which were deleted during this rebooting process on the desktop, once everything is finalized.
Option 2: “Remove everything”
This method is perfect for those of you who do not particularly worry about your personal documents (if you have them saved somewhere else), as it deletes more information than “Keep my files”.
Ways of deletion
After pressing on “Remove everything” you will need to choose between the 2 again: either “Just remove my files” (for users who wish to keep utilizing their computer after the rebooting process) or “Remove files and clean the drive” (for those who are planning on selling their computer or reusing some of its parts for making another one). The last method requires much more time to delete, as it cleans your hard disk a couple of times. This makes it nearly impossible for unwanted people to gain access to these erased documents.
Having made a decision about your option, another window will show up on the screen, which will clearly state which files and documents will disappear from your PC as a result of the deletion process.