If you don’t know how to factory reset Windows 10 or Windows 11 from BIOS, this article is helpful. You can find a full instruction here. Additionally, if your computer cannot boot, you can try MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk to rescue your files before factory reset.
Why Do You Need to Factory Reset Windows from BIOS?
Factory resetting your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer from the BIOS can be a lifesaver when your operating system is malfunctioning, corrupted, or you simply want to start fresh. This process allows you to restore your computer to its original state, removing all personal files, apps, and settings.
In this article from MiniTool Software, we will guide you through the steps to perform a factory reset from the BIOS on Windows 10 and Windows 11.
- Factory reset Windows 10 from BIOS/Windows 10 factory reset from BIOS
- Factory reset Windows 11 from BIOS/Windows 11 factory reset from BIOS
This MiniTool post shows you how to factory reset Windows 10 or Windows 11 from boot when you need to do this.
Before You Begin
Before diving into the factory reset process, it’s crucial to back up all your important files, as this procedure will erase everything on your computer. You can use an external hard drive, cloud storage, or another computer to backup files with the help of MiniTool ShadowMaker.
However, if your computer no longer starts, you can use MiniTool Power Data Recovery to first rescue files from the PC and then factory Windows 10 or Windows 11 from BIOS.
Additionally, make sure you have the installation media or a recovery USB drive for your specific Windows version (Windows 10 or Windows 11) handy. You’ll need this to reinstall the operating system using the installation medium.
Performing a Factory Reset from BIOS on Windows 10/11
Follow these steps to perform a factory reset from BIOS:
Step 1: Access the BIOS/UEFI Menu
Connect the installation medium to your computer. Then start your computer and press the appropriate key to enter the BIOS or UEFI menu during the boot-up process. The key to access the BIOS/UEFI varies between computer manufacturers but is usually one of the following: F2, F12, Del, Esc, or another key displayed on your screen. Consult your computer’s documentation or manufacturer’s website for the exact key.
Step 2: Navigate to Boot Options
Inside the BIOS/UEFI menu, locate and navigate to the Boot or Boot Options section. The exact location may vary depending on your computer’s motherboard manufacturer.
Step 3: Change Boot Order
In the Boot Options section, change the boot order so that the first boot device is your Windows installation media or recovery USB drive. This change ensures your computer will boot from the installation media or recovery drive rather than the internal hard drive.
Step 4: Save Changes and Exit
After making the necessary changes to the boot order, save your settings and exit the BIOS/UEFI menu. Your computer will restart.
Step 5: Start Windows Installation/Factory Reset Windows from BIOS
When your computer restarts, it should boot from the installation media or recovery USB drive. Follow the on-screen instructions to begin the Windows installation process.
You need to:
- Choose Language and Keyboard Settings
- Click Repair Your Computer.
- Click Troubleshoot.
- Click Reset This PC.
- Choose Reset Options.
- Select Keep my files or Remove everything according to your situation.
- Follow the onscreen guide to reset Windows 10/11 to factory settings.
Step 6: Complete the Setup
After the reset is complete, you’ll be guided through the initial Windows setup process. Follow the prompts to set up your preferences, create a user account, and personalize your system.
Performing a factory reset from the BIOS can be a powerful troubleshooting tool when your Windows 10 or Windows 11 system is experiencing issues. However, it’s a process that should be approached with caution, as it erases all data on your computer. Always remember to back up your important files and follow the steps carefully to ensure a successful reset. This method can help you resolve various software problems and provide a fresh start for your Windows operating system.