How to reset, roll back Windows 10 to the previous settings

No matter how perfect the next build Windows 10 may seem, new problems continue to come to light. A reset or rollback Windows 10 is caused by the flaws in the latest updates or the cluttering of the system with software debris that slows down the PC and makes it difficult for it to work quickly and accurately.

Content

  • Why reset Windows 10 to factory settings
  • Practical ways to rollback and reset Windows 10
    • How to rollback to a previous build Windows 10 within 30 days
    • How to undo the last update Windows 10
      • Video: how to reset settings Windows 10 from a running OS
    • How to restore factory settings Windows 10 using the Refresh Tool
      • Video: Refresh Tool flaws
    • How to reset Windows 10 on startup problems
      • Checking PC boot from flash drive to B IOS
      • Initiating reset Windows 10 from installation media
  • Reset problems Windows 10 to previous settings

Why reset Windows 10 to factory settings

The reasons for the reset Windows 10 are as follows:

  1. Installing too many programs, later removed as unnecessary, but Windows began to work noticeably worse.
  2. Poor PC performance. You did a good job for the first six months – then Windows 10 began to 'slow down'. This is a rare case.
  3. You don't want to bother copying / moving personal files from the C drive and intend to leave everything as it was for an indefinite period.
  4. You have incorrectly configured some components and built-in applications, services, drivers and libraries that were already bundled with Windows 10, but you do not want to understand them for a long time, remembering how it was before.
  5. Work due to 'brakes' Windows has significantly slowed down, and time is expensive: it's easier for you to reset the OS to its original settings in half an hour in order to quickly return to interrupted work.

Practical ways to rollback and reset Windows 10

Each subsequent assembly Windows 10 can be 'rolled back' to the previous one. So, you can rollback from Windows 10 Update 1703 to Windows 10 Update 1607.

How to rollback to a previous build Windows 10 within 30 days

Take these steps:

  1. Give the command 'Start – Settings – Update & Security – Recovery'. Entering the rollback menu Windows 10

    Select rollback to legacy build Windows 10

  2. Note the reasons for downgrading to an earlier build Windows 10. Selection and explanation of the reasons for returning to the previous assembly Windows 10

    You can explain in detail the reason for downgrading to the previous version Windows 10

  3. Confirm the rollback by clicking Next. Confirmation of returning to the previous build Windows 10

    Confirm your decision by clicking the go to further actions button

  4. Confirm returning to the previous build again. Rollback reconfirmation Windows 10

    Confirm rollback Windows 10 again

  5. Click the button to start the rollback process Windows 10. Start rollback Windows 10

    Finally, click the downgrade button Windows 10

The OS update will be rolled back. After restarting, the old assembly will start with the old components.

How to undo the last update Windows 10

Such a reset helps when errors Windows 10 have accumulated in an amount at which normal operation in the top ten became impossible.

  1. Return to the same restore submenu Windows 10.
  2. Click the Get Started button under the Reset this computer.
  3. Select the option to save files. When selling or transferring the PC to another party, transfer the stored files to external media. This can be done after rollback Windows. Select reset option Windows 10

    Decide if you want to keep personal files on reset Windows 10

  4. Confirm OS reset. Reset confirmation Windows 10

    Press the reset button Windows 10

Windows 10 will proceed to factory reset.

Video: how to reset settings Windows 10 from a running OS

How to restore factory settings Windows 10 using the Refresh Tool

This requires:

  1. Go to the already familiar restore submenu Windows 10 and click on the clean install link Windows. Clean install Windows 10 via Refresh Tool

    To initialize the Refresh Tool download, click on the link to the website Microsoft

  2. Go to the website Microsoft and click on 'Download Tool Now' (or a similar link for downloading the Windows 10 Refresh Tool). Go to the website Microsoft to download the Refresh Tool

    Click the RT download link at the bottom of the page

  3. Run the downloaded application and follow the instructions Windows 10 Refresh Tool. Run the reset utility Windows 10

    Follow the instructions of the wizard Windows Refresh Tool

The application Windows 10 Refresh Tool resembles the interface Windows 10 Media Creation Tool – for convenience it is made in the form of a wizard with tips. Like the Media Creation Tool, the Refresh Tool allows you to save your personal data. It seems to perform the opposite function of the Media Creation Tool – not an update, but a reset Windows 10.

The PC will restart several times during the reset process. After that, you will start working with Windows 10, as if you had just reinstalled it – without applications and incorrect OS settings.

There is no rollback from version 1703 to 1607/1511 yet – this is the task of future updates of the utility Windows 10 Refresh Tool.

Video: Refresh Tool flaws

How to reset Windows 10 on startup problems

The operation is performed in two stages: checking the launch from a flash drive in B IOS and choosing options for resetting the OS itself.

Checking PC boot from flash drive to B IOS

As an example – B IOS AMI version most often found in laptops. Insert a bootable USB flash drive and restart (or turn on) your PC before proceeding.

  1. Press F2 (or Del) while displaying your PC manufacturer logo screen. Login to B IOS immediately after switching on or shutting down Windows

    The inscription below prompts you to press Del

  2. Once in B IOS, open the Boot submenu. Enter the boot submenu AMI B IOS

    Select the Boot submenu

  3. Issue the command Hard Disk Drives – 1st Drive ('Hard drives – First media'). Entering the submenu for selecting the first boot drive B IOS

    Enter the list of drives that are visible in list B IOS

  4. Select your USB flash drive as the first medium. Assigning in B IOS a flash drive as the first boot disk

    The name of the flash drive is determined when it is inserted into the USB port

  5. Press the F10 key and confirm to save the setting. AMI B request message IOS to save new settings

    Click Yes (or OK)

The PC will now boot from the USB stick.

Version B IOS displayed on the manufacturer's logo screen can be any (Award, AMI, Phoenix). On some laptops, version B IOS is not indicated at all – only the key to enter the firmware B IOS Setup is described.

Initiating reset Windows 10 from installation media

Wait until the PC starts booting from the flash drive Windows 10 and do the following:

  1. Click the System Restore link. Installer Windows 10

    Don't click on the install button Windows 10 – here they start with recovery

  2. Check the 'Troubleshooting' option. Boot Menu Options Windows 10

    Select Startup Troubleshooting Windows 10

  3. Select to reset the PC. Troubleshooting service submenu Windows 10

    Choose to return your PC to its previous state

  4. Choose to save files if you will continue to use this PC. Choosing to keep files on reset Windows 10

    You do not have to choose to save files if you copied them to another location before

  5. Confirm reset Windows 10. The reset request message here is not much different from those discussed in the guides above.

Upon completion of the reset Windows 10 it will start with the default parameters.

Resetting from the installation flash drive Windows 10 is, in fact, restoring lost or damaged files, due to which the OS could not start. Recovery options Windows have been around since Windows 95 (fixing startup problems) – the steps taken over 20 years have become clearer without fancy commands.

Reset problems Windows 10 to previous settings

No matter how clear and easy the reset process Windows 10 may seem, there are difficulties here as well.

  1. Rollback Windows 10 does not start on an already running system. You have exceeded the month allotted for recovery, or have not stopped the counting of these days in the way described above. Only reinstalling the OS will help.
  2. Reset options Windows 10 are not displayed when a USB flash drive or DVD is inserted. Check PC boot order from B IOS. Check if the DVD drive or USB ports are working, whether you can read the DVD itself or a USB flash drive. If hardware malfunctions are found, replace the installation DVD or USB flash drive, service the PC or laptop. If we are talking about a tablet, check if the OTG adapter, microUSB port, USB hub (if a USB-DVD drive is used), whether the tablet 'sees' the USB flash drive is working.
  3. Reset / restore Windows 10 does not start due to incorrectly written (multi) bootable USB stick or DVD. Rewrite your installation media – you may have overwritten it in such a way that it is just a copy Windows 10, not a bootable media. Use rewritable (DVD-RW) discs to correct the error without sacrificing the disc itself.
  4. Reset Windows to factory defaults does not start due to a stripped-down version Windows 10. This is a very rare case when the restore and update options are excluded from the assembly Windows – only reinstalling from scratch works. Usually, many other 'unnecessary' components and applications are cut out from such an assembly, the graphical shell Windows and other 'chips' are cut off in order to reduce the space occupied on the C drive after installing such an assembly. Use full builds Windows, which will allow you to rollback or 'dump' without having to resort to a new installation with all data removed.

Rollback or reset Windows 10 to factory settings is not a tricky business. In any case, you will eliminate errors without losing important documents, and your system will work like clockwork again. Good luck!

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