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How to factory reset Windows 10 using Command Prompt

How to factory reset your Windows 10 using Command Prompt

To factory reset Windows 10 using Command Prompt, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Start menu or Search bar, type 'command prompt,' and click Run as administrator.
  2. In the Command Prompt, type systemreset --factoryreset
  3. Select the Remove everything option.
  4. Select Remove files and clean the drive.
  5. Click Reset to begin the process.

We all know how handy a factory reset can be. Be it a rigid virus that just won’t leave or even if you’d just like to wipe everything clean, a factory reset will help you out.

But, most people are unaware that you can factory reset Windows 10 using Command Prompt. Don’t panic, though, as we’ve got everything covered. Follow this Windows 10 guide to get started.

Factory reset Windows 10 using Command Prompt

The Command Prompt is an interpreter that can be used to do everything without a GUI. Unsurprisingly, it can also be used to factory reset Windows 10.

But, before we get started with the actual resetting, we'd first recommend you back up everything on your PC. This ensures you have a way to restore everything, in case anything goes south during the reset process.

To factory reset Windows 10 using Command Prompt, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Start menu or Search bar, type 'command prompt,' and click Run as administrator.factory reset windows 10 using command prompt
  2. In the Command Prompt, type systemreset --factoryresetfactory reset windows 10 using command prompt
  3. Select the Remove everything option.
    factory reset windows 10 using command prompt
  4. Select Remove files and clean the drive. factory reset windows 10 using command prompt
  5. Finally, click on Reset to begin the process. factory reset windows 10 using command prompt

It might take anything from minutes to a whole hour for the factory reset process to complete, so you might have to wait for a while.

And that’s all you need to know about factory resetting your PC through Command Prompt. But this isn't the only way to factory reset your PC. If you’re interested in other methods, check out factory resetting your PC using Windows Settings and Boot menu.

Updated November 18, 2022.

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