If you need to completely reset Windows 10 without erasing your personal data, here's how to do it. The operating system has everything you need to get the job done without worrying about it, in minutes and without the need for tons of additional software.
Your PC under Windows 10 start showing signs of weakness ? The applications are piling up, junk files cluttering up the hard drive and cleaning Windows properly would be necessary? You no longer know where to start to gain speed and efficiency with the operating system? The simplest solution is reset Windows 10. But how do you avoid losing your data in the crowd? The good news is that in Windows 10, you don't have to reinstall everything. The operating system precisely offers a function intended to reset the system in a few minutes. Applications are deleted and their settings are deleted, but your personal files are kept. And neither USB key nor DVD are not necessary. Everything is done from the OS, without bootable media.
Before you start, and as a precaution, nothing prevents you from keep your most precious files safe in case things go wrong. We have never encountered the slightest concern with the procedure described below in 5 years of Windows 10's existence and with more than thirty reinstallations on our various computers. But if you have really sensitive files, it's best to be careful. To back up your data, nothing could be simpler. They are in the files Documents, Pictures, Music, Video… You just have to copy and paste them on a support other than C :. Saving to online storage like those offered by OneDrive or Google Drive is a perfect solution. by default, if you do not have enough space on your Cloud (limited free of charge 5 GB on OneDrive or 15 GB on Google Drive), you can obviously save your documents on an external medium such as a hard disk or a USB key.
Also think save history and stock passwords in your browser. Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera… All of them now offer to save your data and preferences. Again, there is nothing too complicated: just log into your browser account (or create one if you have never done so), so that everything is instantly saved to the Cloud, and so that your data can be recovered later.
Here it is, is it done: all your personal data is correctly saved? Here is how to reset Windows 10 without losing your personal files.
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How to reinstall Windows 10 without erasing personal data
- Click on the little button Start Windows 10 located in the task bar, at the bottom left of your screen. Then go to the icon of Parameters, symbolized by a small notched wheel. You also have the means to access this Parameters module by pressing the keys at the same time (Windows) + (I).
- Then select the function Update and security. In the left pane, select the function Recovery.
- In the Reset this PC section, press the button To start.
- After pressing the Start button, a screen will appear prompting you to choose an option. Select the function Keep my files.
- Two other options are then available: – Cloud download = you reset Windows 10 by downloading a recent installation package. Local relocation = you reset Windows 10 from your own installation, which may be obsolete if you have not updated Windows for a while. If you have a good connection speed, do not hesitate to call the 1st option. Thanks to it, you will benefit from the most recent version of Windows 10. Otherwise, opt for a local installation and update the operating system once it is reset.
- Then press the button next to prepare for the reset. A few seconds later, a message summarizing your choices is displayed. Check that everything seems to comply with the procedure and finally press the button Reset.
- The system will then restart and reset the PC. The total operation generally takes around twenty minutes (this time is variable depending on your hardware configuration). Unlike a full reinstall, the procedure does not require any configuration. All you have to do is identify yourself as you did so far to enjoy a brand new Windows, while recovering your personal files.
- On the desktop, you should find an icon Removed apps. Double-click it to see a list of all the software that has been removed. Some appear in blue: these are applications that have been clearly identified by Windows 10 and which can be reinstalled in a few clicks. For the others, you will need to get your hands dirty and do some research on the Web to find and reinstall them manually (except those that are part of Windows 10, like the components of Visual C ++ in our example below which install via Windows Update).