How to Reset Windows Without Losing Files

In an ideal world, problems should be solved at the push of a button. Does the printer not print? Press the help button and your PC will fix it. Windows not working as it should? Press the corresponding button and Windows will fix itself.
It is not such a crazy idea. This is where the Windows wizard comes to solve problems step by step. The problem is that the problems are more complicated than we think and, consequently, that assistant does not always have the solution.

But with Windows 10 we are not so far from that magic button that fixes everything on its own. Microsoft has greatly improved its approach to improve Windows performance. The ancients of the place will remember that in the past, the best solution was to format the computer disk and reinstall Windows.

Nowadays, reinstalling Windows to work like the first day is simpler and allows you to keep your files and documents.

Reset Windows

Previously we have talked about this function called Reset this PC and that we should rather call reset Windows, since what it does is that: return Windows to its original state, to its first day of operation after installation.

Resetting this PC is a drastic way to clean up your computer if you're having performance issues, not working properly, or just running out of space and don't know what's taking it up.

It will also be useful if you are going to give or sell an old computer and do not want surprises of data or files abandoned and in sight of others. Resetting this PC will erase all the content on your computer and install Windows 10 automatically.

The process is simple at best. From Settings, which you will find in the Start menu, you must go to Update and security> Recovery. There you will find the option Reset this PC. As indicated by that option, "If the computer does not run correctly, resetting it can help fix it."

Clicking on the Start button will start the process. It will ask you if you want a 100% clean installation (Remove all) or keep your files. This option, Keep my files, includes personal files saved in the predefined Windows folders. If you're afraid of losing those files, save them in the cloud or on an external disk.

With the Windows 10 May 2020 update, another possibility that we are offered when resetting Windows is the option to do it with the version of Windows that you have on your PC or download the latest version from the internet. For this you will need enough space, as well as 4 GB for the installer. The first option is called Local Reinstallation and the second option is Cloud Download.

Reset this PC from Login

Let's say you have forgotten your Windows 10 password or cannot log in properly. From the login window you can also come to the help of Reset this PC.

Specifically, you must press the Shift key or SHIFT while clicking the Restart option that you will find on the Start button in the lower right corner of the screen. So you will see the advanced options screen.

Among the available options, we choose Troubleshoot and then Reset this computer. The process is similar to the one we have seen before.