Advanced reset

How to reset Windows 11 from boot when PC won’t boot

If your Windows 11 PC can't boot, you use these steps to reset to the factory default settings.

Windows 11 reset from boot

You can perform a factory reset on your computer to reinstall Windows 11 from the boot environment. The option comes in handy when the device has problems or can’t start correctly, making it impossible to proceed with the reset from the desktop environment.

The option available through the Advanced Startup settings is the same “Reset this PC” feature available in the Settings app. You can reset a laptop or desktop computer to the factory default settings using the local image, or you can download a fresh copy of Windows 11 from the cloud using this feature. Also, the feature gives you the choice to preserve your files, settings, apps, or you can choose to remove everything beyond recovery.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to use to reset Windows 11 to the factory settings from the boot process. 

Factory reset Windows 11 from boot (BIOS)

To reset Windows 11 from boot, use these steps:

  1. Start computer.

  2. Immediately after the Power-On Self-Test (POST), press the Power button again to shut down.

  3. Repeat steps No. 1 and 2 twice, and in the third restart, the operating system should enter the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).

    Quick note: Windows 11 includes multiple ways to open the Advanced startup settings. If you cannot access the recovery environment, try these other options.
  4. Click the Advanced options button.

  5. Click on Troubleshoot.

    Troubleshoot option

  6. Click on Reset this PC option.

    Reset Windows 11 from boot

  7. Select the Remove everything to wipe out the hard drive and reinstall a fresh copy of Windows 11. Or select the Keep my files option to reinstall Windows 11, remove apps and settings, and preserve your files.

    Advanced startup remove everything

  8. Click the Just remove my files option if you plan to keep the device. Or select the Fully clean the drive option if you plan to get rid of the device (takes a long time).

    Advanced startup clean drive option

  9. Select the Cloud download option to re-download Windows 11 instead of using the available image. Or if you prefer to use the local image, select the Local reinstall option (quicker).

    Cloud download and Local reinstall options

  10. Click the Reset button.

Once you complete the steps, the feature will reset the computer to default settings, fixing any problems that may have been preventing a successful startup.