XDA Basics: Here’s how to reset Windows 11 to its factory settings

XDA Basics: Here’s how to reset Windows 11 to its factory settings

Over time, computers can accumulate junk files that take up valuable storage space and slow down your PC. It’s just the way computers work, and the longer you use them, the more files you’ll have. Updates and apps you install can also create some problems if the installation process doesn’t go as smoothly as expected. Windows offers ways to clean up some junk files with the Settings app, but if you want a clean break, resetting your PC is the way to go. With Windows 11 now rolling out to computers around the world, it might make sense to perform a factory reset after you install the update. Or maybe you just want to know how to do it for later. To help you out, we’re going to show you how to reset Windows 11 to its factory settings.


Before we get started, it’s important to know that resetting your Windows 11 PC will delete all of your installed programs. It may also delete your personal files if you choose to. Make sure you’ve backed up all your data before you do this. You can put your files in a cloud service like OneDrive or use external USB storage if it has enough space.

XDA Basics: Here’s how to reset Windows 11 to its factory settings

How to factory reset your Windows 11 PC

Aside from backing up your data, you’ll need to plug in your PC to an outlet to reset it. That’s because if the PC dies during the process, it could cause serious problems and force you to have it repaired. Otherwise, the process of resetting your PC is simpler than you may initially think. Also, this guide will also work for Windows 10, which has a similar process. Here’s what to do:

That’s all you need to do to reset Windows 11. Once the reset process completes, you’ll have one of two possible outcomes. If you chose to remove everything from your computer, you’ll see the first-time setup experience, meaning your computer is ready to be used by anyone else. If you chose to keep your files, you’ll be taken to the sign-in screen for your account and boot into the desktop.

Keep in mind that even if you choose to perform a cloud download, this won’t update your PC to the latest version. There are other recovery methods that can give you a fresh install with a new version, such as using the Media Creation Tool. We have a guide on how to install Windows 11 if that’s something you’re interested in.


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Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

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