Windows 10 is truly strong with regards to recovering from issues that may prevent it from working in correct way, however there may come a time when it needs some manual intervention to recover from unexpected behavior. Some incompatible softwares may cause system crashes and some other damages to your system. System crash can lead to an inoperable state of your PC. In such situation, you can either use System Restore utility if you have restore points already created. But if you don’t have any restore points available, then only option is left for you is “System Recovery in Windows 10.”
This tutorial shows how to perform System Recovery in Windows 10. This process can be applied to Windows 8/8.1 also. Let’s start –
How to reset your Windows 10 PC using System Recovery?
Open Settings app by clicking on Start button and select Settings.
Click on Update & Security to open Windows update and Security settings.
In Update & Security window, click on Recovery in the left-pane. You will see Reset this PC and Advanced Startup options on the right-pane. You may also see another third option Go Back to Windows 8.1/Windows 7 if you have upgraded to Windows 10 within 30 days. Click on Get Started button under Reset this PC on the right side.
Now, you will have two options, Keep my files and Remove everything. If you want to keep your personal files or you have not taken the backup of the same, you can choose first option. And if you want to clean everything on C: drive and reinstall Windows 10, choose second option.
If you have chosen second option, you will see addition dialog where you can select whether to Just remove my files or you can Remove files and clean the drive.
Now, you are ready to start resetting process. You will see what Windows will keep and what will be removed, click on Reset button to start.
You PC will restart. Recovery process will continue after restart.
Windows 10 setup will prepare for Resetting your PC. You will see following screen while Resetting process is going on. As soon as process is 100% complete, your PC will reboot again.
If recovery were successful, your PC will start normally.
You have successfully recovered your system using System Recovery in Windows 10, your PC will run like a new one. If you have chosen to remove files, then you have to reinstall your apps again. If the recovery was not successful then you may want to install a clean copy of Windows 10 from scratch, you can try these:
How to clean install Windows 10?
How to download Windows 10 any version?
How to restore your PC using System Restore?