On Windows 10, when your device isn’t working correctly, running slow, or you’re experiencing problems with battery and Microsoft Store apps, resetting it to the factory default settings removing everything on all drives may help to fix most issues and start fresh with a new installation.
Also, removing everything is particularly useful to completely clean your computer when you’re planning to sell it or give it away without giving away your information.
Whatever the reason it may be, Windows 10 includes the “Reset this PC” feature, which allows you to quickly reset your device making sure that all your files, settings, and apps are beyond recovery.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to reset your computer removing everything on all drives on Windows 10.
How to use ‘Reset This PC’ to remove everything on Windows 10
Use these steps to use “Reset This PC” to reset and remove everything on all the drives:
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Recovery.
Under the “Reset this PC” section, click the Get started button.
Click the Remove everything option.
(Optional) Click the Change settings option. (If you’re running Windows 10 version 1809 or earlier, the wizard will be slightly different, but the options are technically the same.)
Turn on the Data erasure toggle switch if you want to remove your files and completely erase the drive. (This option may take several hours, but it’ll be almost impossible for anyone to recover the files.)
Turn on the Data drives toggle switch if you want to remove all files in all the drive. If you don’t enable this option, only the files in the main drive will be deleted.
Click the Confirm button.
Click the Next button.
Click the Reset button.
Once you complete the steps, the feature will take over and reset your device to default settings by erasing and reinstalling a fresh copy of Windows 10. The time of completion will depend on your computer hardware configuration and the reset options that you selected.
Although we’re focusing this guide on Windows 10, these guide includes the latest changes to use the feature with version 1903 (May 2019 Update), but you can still use to these instructions on version 1809 or earlier versions. Also, if you’re not giving away your computer, and you want to keep your files, you can use these instructions instead.