How to Reset Windows 11 without Erasing Personal Data?

Windows 11 allows you to reset the PC without losing the data. When you reset windows 11, you have two options: save your files or erase your files. According to your preference, you can keep personal files or erase files.

Resetting Windows 11 operating system is possible using the recently introduced “Cloud download” feature. You can download Windows 11 files from the cloud and automatically install them without input by utilizing this feature.

We recommend you save your files when resetting windows 11. If you need these files in the future, you can install windows 11 and restore them. Before processing the reset function, you should create a list of installed programs on your PC.

This article will guide you on how to reset windows 11 without losing files. Let’s start it.

How to Reset Windows 11 without Losing Personal Files?

Windows 11 includes a powerful Settings app first introduced on Windows 10 by Microsoft. Using the same Settings app, you can perform the resetting of the PC.

Step 1. Open the Setting App by pressing Windows + I keys on the keyboard.

Alternatively, click on the Start button from the taskbar and select the Settings gear icon.

Step 2. On the Settings window that appears after executing the above step, select the Windows Update category from the left side pane, and then click on the Advanced options tab on the right-side pane.

Step 3. Next, click on the Recovery option.

Step 4. Click on the Reset PC button next to the “Reset this PC” option under the Recovery options section.

Step 5. On the pop-up window that appears after doing the above steps, you will see two options:-

  • Keep my files
  • Remove everything

Click on the Keep my files option. Using this option, you can save your personal files, but you can’t protect installed software.

Step 6. Now, Windows 11 will ask you, “How would you like to reinstall Windows?” Select Cloud Download to download everything from the Microsoft server. Remember that this option may download more than 4GB of files from the internet. So ensure that you have sufficient data with an active internet plan.

Select the Local reinstall option if you are not ready to consume your 4GB internet bandwidth. However, this option is not recommended if you reset your Windows 11 to fix bugs and issues.

Step 7. Review selected preferences and click on the Next button.

Wait to reset your PC. The process will take a while, depending on how powerful your computer is. Ensure your PC is plugged in with a constant power supply source to avoid potential damage or data loss. Your PC may restart several times, so follow on-screen instructions to set up your Windows 11 as a new system.

How to Reset Windows 11 by Wiping all Data?

Due to some reason, if you want to reset all the data and settings of Windows 11, for instance, you want to sell your PC, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Open the Setting App by pressing Windows + I keys from the keyboard.

Alternatively, click on the Start button from the taskbar and select the Settings gear icon.

Step 2. On the Settings window that appears after executing the above step, select the Windows Update category from the left side pane, and then click on the Advanced options tab on the right-side pane.

Step 3. Next, click on the Recovery option.

Step 4. Click on the Reset PC button next to the “Reset this PC” option under the Recovery options section.

Step 5. On the pop-up window that appears after doing the above steps, you will see two options:-

  • Keep my files
  • Remove everything

Click on the Remove everything option. If you choose this option, Windows 11 will erase the whole data and settings, and you will get a clean OS. That means no traces will be left on your PC.

Step 6. Now, choose how to reinstall Windows. Again you have two options: Cloud download and Local reinstall. Select the option wisely.

Step 7. Click Change settings link on the next window.

Step 8. Now, turn the toggle switch to the On position next to the Clean Data option.

This option will force Windows 11 to perform deep formatting to prevent data recovery.

Step 9. Click Confirm button.

Step 10. Finally, click the Next button.

Now, wait to reset the PC. It may take several minutes, depending on the speed of your computer.

How to reset the Windows 11 PC if it fails to start?

If your Windows is corrupted and you are unable to boot, you can reset it do the following method:-

Step 1. When your Windows 11 cannot boot, it will stop on the below-mentioned image. Click on the Troubleshoot option.

Step 2. Click on the Reset this PC option.

Now, you can choose the options wisely depending on your upcoming windows’ needs.

That’s it.

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