How to Perform a Factory Reset in Windows 11

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of performing a factor reset on Windows 11 machine using very easy steps.

How to Perform a Factory Reset in Windows 11

A factory reset, also known as a system reset or a factory restore, is a process of returning a device, such as a computer running Windows 11, to its original factory settings.

This means that your user-installed applications, personal files, and settings are deleted from the device, and it is return to state of a new Windows install.

NOTE: It is good to keep in mind that performing a factor reset will erease all the data stored on your Windows machine. Ensure to have a backup of all your essential files before proceeding with the steps outlined in this tutorial.

Windows 11 Perform Factor Reset.

To perform a factory reset on a Windows 11 system, you can generally follow these steps:

Go to the "Settings" app and Click on "System."

Scroll to the bottom until you find the "Recovery" option from the right-hand pane.

Under the "Recovery Options" section, select "Reset PC".

This will bring up a new dialog Window prompting you to choose your reset method. The first will allow you to keep all your personall files while the other will remove everything from the system, including your personal items.

In the next step Windows might prompt you to choose the method you wish to use when re-installing Windows. Using the cloud option will automatically download and re-install Windows.

This is useful when you have reliable internet and you want Windows to carry out the operations for you.

The second option allows you to choose the Windows installer media to re-install Windows from it. We recommend choosing the cloud option is it is more seamless and hands-free.

Next, read and confirm your reset parameters and click Next to start the reset process.

Windows 11 Factory Reset PowerShell

You can also invoke a factory reset using the Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt features. You may need to run the above tools with Administrative permissions.

To initiate a standard Windows reset while keeping your personal files, you can use the systemreset command in PowerShell or Command Prompt.

Open PowerShell or Command Prompt with administrative privileges. To do this, right-click on the Start button and select "Windows Terminal (Admin)" for PowerShell or "Command Prompt (Admin)" for Command Prompt.

Run the following command and press enter

systemreset -keepmyfiles

Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the reset process. This will reset Windows while keeping your personal files.

Advanced Reset

If you want to perform an advanced reset that removes all files and settings, you can use the systemreset command with the -full parameter.

Run the command as follows:

systemreset -full

Similarly, follow the steps from the resulting Window to complete your reset process.


In this tutorial, we quickly walked you through the process of performing a factor reset on Windows 11 system in very easy steps. We hope you found this tutorial helpful.

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