Reset Windows 10 PC to Factory Settings without Logging in

September 13, 2016

How do I factory reset a Windows 10 computer with an unknown password? If you use a Microsoft account sign-in, you can reset Windows 10 Microsoft account password online using another working PC. If you forgot a local user password, you might be stuck at the login screen. Here we’ll show you a workaround to reset Windows 10 computer to factory settings from the login screen, without knowing the admin password.

How to Reset Windows 10 PC to Factory Settings without Logging in?

From the login screen, click the Power icon at the bottom right corner of the screen. Hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and select the Restart option. Release the SHIFT key when you see the “Please wait” message on the screen.

The system will reboot and bring you to the Choose an option screen. Click on Troubleshoot.

On the next screen, click on Reset this PC.

Now it will prompt you to choose either “Keep my files” or “Remove everything“. If there is no important files or you have backed up them on to external disk drive, you can click “Remove everything”.

Next you have another two options: Just remove my files, Fully clean the drive. The latter option will format your hard drive and erase all the data securely.

Click on Reset. It will begin to reset your Windows 10 computer to factory settings.

This process will take at least half an hour, depend on your computer’s performance.

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