Reset a Windows 10 PC
1 If Windows 10 is already running on your recently acquired PC and you can’t be bothered to go through the hassle of a clean install, there is another option: reset the operating system. This will wipe everything and give you a fresh copy of Windows. Go to Settings, Update & Security and click Recovery. 1
2 The option to ‘Reset this PC’ appears. Click the ‘Get started’ button 1 and a new window pops up, offering you the choice to ‘Keep my files’ 2 or ‘Remove everything’. 3 Select the latter option. This will remove any personal files on the PC, as well as non-standard apps and settings.
3 You’ll now be given the choice to ‘Just remove my files’ 1 or ‘Remove files and clean the drive’. 2 You could opt for the first choice, but it’s better and more secure to just wipe everything and start over. Click the Reset button on the final screen and wait for the software to do its work.