How to Factory Reset Windows 10 [4 Steps]

By Enya Zhang  Technical Tips  Windows 10   0 Comment

Has your Windows 10 computer been running so slowly, crashing and freezing so much so that you can’t seem to take it any more? Well, it still can be saved!

Check out this guide to factory reset your Windows 10 and a brand new Windows 10 will come your way!

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NOTE: Part 1 is to make sure you’ve backed up your device drivers and Part 3 is to restore the device drivers you back up so that everything goes off without a hitch after you factory reset your Windows 10 in Part 2.

Part 1: Prep work – Back up your device drivers(Very important)

Past 2: 4 steps to reset your Windows 10 to factory

Part 3: Restore your device drivers

Part 1: Back up your device drivers(Very important)

We all know that backing up files are extremely important – but rest assured- you can click to keep your files in later steps.

What’s really IMPORTANT here is to make sure you’ve backed up your network adapter/WiFi drivers before a factory reset in Windows 10 since you’ll have NO Internet connection and the system WILL NOT install them for you. Plus, although all other basic drivers like video/sound card drivers are installed on its own on our computer, they can be quite undesirable. So we need to make sure to backup our drivers to get everything back on track as soon as possible after the factory reset.

There are 2 ways you can backup your device drivers: manually and automatically. But since the manual approach is all time-consuming and risky, we’ll not cover it here. If you don’t have time or patience, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Tools button. 

3) In Driver Backup, check the boxes before the drivers you want a copy of back up and click Start Backup.

4) Wait until the backup finishes and you’ll be receiving a message window. 

5) Now continue with 4 steps to reset your Windows 10 to factory to factory reset your Windows 10. 


Part 2: 4 steps to reset your Windows 10 to factory

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  , type reset and click Reset this PC.

2) Click Get started under Reset this PC
3) Depending on whether you want to keep your personal files, click either:

  • Keep my files: Your apps and settings will be deleted, but your personal files will remain intact.
  • Remove everything: All your personal files, apps and settings will be wiped off. 

4) Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your Windows 10.


Part 3: Restore your device drivers

Apart from no Internet connection, you might first be greeted with the really funny screen after the Windows reset. But don’t worry, we can restore our device drivers to 

To restore your drivers:

1) Run Driver Easy.

2) Click Tools.


3) Click Driver Restore.


3) Click Continue > Yes if you’re prompted for Administrator permission.

4) Click Browse.

5) Choose a driver backup you’re going to restore from, then click Open.

7) Select a driver you’re going to restore, then click Continue.

8) When you’ve restored your driver successfully, click OK.


That’s it – 4 steps to factory reset your Windows 10. Hope everything goes off without a hitch in your new Windows 10. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any further questions. 🙂

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