How to Reset Windows 11 and Fix Problems?

After installing Windows 11, you might face some serious problems while working on it. Though many Windows 11 problems can be solved by modifying settings and using the built-in troubleshooters, some issues are stubborn and can only be removed by resetting the system.

You can factory reset Windows 11 and fix system problems in two ways. 

Let us discuss them both.

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Factory Reset Windows 11 from Settings

The easiest way to Factory Reset Windows 11 is through settings. If you have used and factory reset Windows 10 ever, you will find it pretty similar on Windows 11.

Here are the steps for that:

  1. Open Windows 11 Settings.open windows 11 settings
  2. Under the System tab, click on the Recovery setting.windows-11-recovery-option
  3. To start the reset process, click on the Reset PC button under the Recovery options.reset-PC
  4. Select one of the Keep my files or Remove everything.two-options-to-reset
    • Choosing the Keep my files option will erase all your installed apps and games but let you keep your personal files.
    • Selecting the Remove everything option will erase everything from your computer, including your personal files, apps, and everything. This option comes in handy when you want to transfer or sell your computer.
  5. In the next window, you will be given the option to choose how will you like to re-install Windows. choose-reinstallation-method
    • Cloud download will re-install Windows 11 from the files present on the cloud. It is recommended to choose this re-installation way if you feel the installation files on your system are corrupted. Remember that cloud will take 4 GB of internet data.
    • Local reinstall will re-install Windows 11 using the recovery files stored locally. Chose this if you are sure that your system files are clean.
  6. Verify the settings; if you want, you can configure some additional settings. For that, click on Change settings.additional-reset-settings
  7. Under Additional settings, you will get the following options:choose-additional-settings
    • Clean the drive so that the files cannot be recovered through any recovery software. Choosing this option will highly increase the overall Reset time.
    • Enabling Delete files from all drives will clear everything from all of your drives. This option is useful when you are transferring your laptop or PC to someone else.
    • Enabling the download windows option will fresh download and reinstall Windows 11 instead of installing it from the recovery files stored on your device.
  8. Click Confirm after choosing the Settings of your preference.
  9. On the subsequent window, choose Next.
  10. Finally, click Reset to begin the system reset.click-reset
  11. It would take some time to complete the whole process. If you have chosen the Clean the drive option instead of just removing the files, the process might even take hours to complete.resetting-the-pc
  12. After the resetting is completed, you will get the options to configure your Windows 11 system.

Reset Windows 11 from Boot Menu

If you are unable to even boot your Windows 11 system normally, you obviously won’t be able to reset Windows from Settings. Under such circumstances, you can try resetting it from the boot menu. 

Follow these steps:

  1. Switch On your device, and during boot, press F11 to launch Windows Recovery Environment.Windows-recovery-environment
  2. From the given options, choose Troubleshoot.choose-troubleshoot
  3. Next, select Reset this PC. You will start getting the same options mentioned in the previous method.reset-this-pc
  4. Choose the preferred resetting method.choose-reset-option
  5. Next, select how you want to re-install Windows 11. Either Locally or using Cloud.choose-how-to-reinstall
  6. In the next window, you need to choose if you would like to remove just your files only from the Windows installer drive, or you need to clean the drive entirely. Chose any option as per your choice.choose-to-keep-files-or-clean
  7. Windows will take some time to get things ready.
  8. Finally, click on the Reset button to begin the resetting processbegin-reset

What if none of the above methods work?

If none of the above-listed methods work for resetting your Windows 11 system, then the only option is to fresh install Windows 11 externally. For that, you require installation media in the form of a USB or a DVD. You can easily create a bootable device for installing Windows 11 using Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool for Windows 11. However, if your computer is not in working condition, you will need another system for creating the installation media.

Another option is to roll back to Windows 10. Since Windows 11 is still a fresh OS, it might keep causing problems like compatibility issues and more. Therefore, it is best to keep using Windows 10 until Windows 11 becomes stable.

Will resetting Windows fix problems?

Since resetting the Windows wipes out everything, including the malicious or corrupted files, most problems might be fixed on resetting a computer.

Does resetting PC fix BSOD?

Most BSOD issues are due to hardware failure rather than software. So resetting the PC would probably not fix the BSOD as resetting such clears everything from the computer and reinstall Windows. It does not have any effect on hardware.

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