Windows 11 laptop working slow? Factory reset to delete junk files, but there's a catch

    Here is how to factory reset a Windows 11 laptop to delete junk files. However, it will erase all the data, login info, media too. The positive part is that it will make your device like new.
    By: HIMANI JHA
    | Updated on: Jul 26 2022, 19:26 IST
    Know step by step guide to factory reset your Windows 11 laptop. 
    Know step by step guide to factory reset your Windows 11 laptop.  (Amritanshu Mukherjee / HT Tech)
    Know step by step guide to factory reset your Windows 11 laptop. 
    Know step by step guide to factory reset your Windows 11 laptop.  (Amritanshu Mukherjee / HT Tech)

    Is your Windows 11 laptop working slow or planning to sell your old Windows machine as you don't want anyone to access all your data? Whether your laptop is working slowly or you are planning to sell your old laptop, you must reset your device to get it back up to speed. Since laptops and PCs have become an integral part of our life for professional as well as personal work, you ned to ensure it protects your privacy, but at the same tme it should not slow down either. Increased usage causes junk files to collect and slow down your computer. Hence, if you're switching to a new laptop, make sure that you factory reset it. It will make your device new. It will wipe all personal information on the laptop, including logged in websites, photos, and other media files.

    Resetting your laptop is very quick and easy to perform. Here's a handy guide to erase all the data from your laptop. But do remember that before you begin the process, you must ensure that you have online (cloud) and offline backups of all the data on your device.

    How to factory reset your Windows 11 laptop

    Time
    Tools
    Supplies
    20 Minutes
    • Smartphone
    • Laptop
    • Updated browser
    • Internet
    Step 1:

    Open the Settings app on your laptop and go to System. 

    Step 2:

    You’ll see an option that reads Recovery- click on it.

    Step 3:

    Now, tap on Reset this PC and then click on the Reset PC button beside it.

    Step 4:

    Next, you will see a “Reset this PC” window on the screen where you have to choose from - Keep My Files or Remove Everything. 

    Step 5:

    Once you select the reset option, a new “How Would You Like to Reinstall Windows?” will appear on your screen where you have to choose between two options- Cloud Download or Local Reinstall. 

    Step 6:

    Confirm your selected reset options and click on Reset. Your laptop will reboot to start the System reset.

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    First Published Date: 26 Jul, 19:26 IST
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