Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated November 8, 2021)
When your computer is experiencing severe technical problems, and other attempts have failed to rectify the problem, the final option is to perform a factory reset. A factory reset is also a good option before you give your computer to someone else, as it can remove all the files you have placed on the machine. Factory reset essentially starts your computer over, clearing all the information, apps, and files back to the computer's original state before you had started to use your computer. While Windows 10 does have an option during the process to keep personal information, there is a high potential for your files to be removed if you are not careful. As a result, this option should only be done when you are certain no other methods will or have worked. To ensure that your files are kept it is highly recommended that you have a complete backup of your files.
To reset your computer with a factory reset, follow these steps:
Running a factory reset can cause your computer to return to its original state. If you backed up your files, you could begin putting the files back on to your machine.
This tip (13895) applies to Windows 10.
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In my experience, restoring to factory settings puts the drive back to where it was when you got the PC. That means the factory restore partition is still there, because that's the way the PC was shipped.
You may find that a factory restore does not bring the PC exactly to its as-shipped state. If there has been an intervening version upgrade, the restore partition's image may have been upgraded as well as the OS. This is handy in that it saves you from having to go through a ton of updates.
If your computer has Windows 10 as OEM, it arrived from the factory with Windows pre-installed, does "Remove Everything" ---> "Completely wipe your system" remove the Windows OEM too?
If yes then is it possible to reinstall a Windows OEM from a backup copy? Or how would you get Windows reinstalled?