How to Factory Reset Your Windows 10 PC Using Command Prompt

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If your Windows 10 PC is running slow or acting abnormally, or you just want to sell it, you will need to perform a factory reset. Here’s how to use the command prompt to factory reset your computer.

To note: Want to factory reset your computer after the update? Here’s how to factory reset your Windows 11 PC.

RELATED: How to Factory Reset a Windows 11 PC

First, open the command prompt. To do this, type “Command Prompt” in the Windows search bar, then click on the Command Prompt app in the search results.

Command Prompt Search Result in Windows 10

In the command prompt, type this command and then press the Enter key.

systemreset --factoryreset

Factory reset command in command prompt

The Choose an option menu appears. Here you can choose to remove apps and settings while keeping your files, or you can remove everything. If you want to sell your laptop, you have to remove everything.

Delete all option when choosing a factory reset option

Then decide if you want to just delete your files or delete your files and wipe the drive. The former is faster but less secure, while the latter takes much longer (it took my laptop about six hours) but is much more secure.

Note that if you delete the files and clean the drive, it’s harder for someone to recover those files, but it’s not impossible.

Delete files and clean drive option

The next screen will tell you that the PC is ready to be reset. Click “Reset” to begin.


Reset button to factory reset your Windows 10 PC

After the factory reset process is complete, the initial setup screen will appear as if you just took it out of the box.


If you’re thinking of selling your laptop, performing a factory reset isn’t the only step you need to be aware of. You will also want to back up your data, reinstall the operating system, etc., and this applies to more than just your computer. Here’s how to prepare a computer, tablet or phone before selling it.

RELATED: How to prepare a computer, tablet or phone before selling it



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