Explained: How To Reset Windows 11 Using Settings?

Resetting Windows is easier than ever.

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The first Windows 11 Insider Build 22000.51 brought new features to the masses. If you are already running the preview build on your PC and facing issues, you might want to take a fresh start. This guide will help you reset Windows 11.

If you haven’t opted for the Windows 11 Insider program yet, make sure to do these things before proceeding with the same. We used the first Insider Build 22000.51 to demonstrate the process of resetting Windows 11. Let’s see how to do the same.

Reset Windows 11 via Settings

Microsoft added a new way to reset Windows back in 2020, known as Cloud Download. Basically, it downloads a fresh copy of Windows and installs it. This method is useful if you are facing a critical issue.

1. Click on the Start Menu icon and open the Settings app or press Ctrl+I.

open settings app
Opening Settings

2. Navigate to Windows Update > Advanced Options. Click on the Recovery button.

Advanced Options
Advanced options in Settings

3. In the Recovery section, you will see an option labeled as Reset this PC. Click on the Reset PC button.

Reset Page in Settings
Reset PC option

4. You will be given a choice to keep your files on the PC or erase everything. Choose your preferred option to continue.

choosing whether to keep files
Choose whether to keep user files

5. Then, choose from Cloud download, which downloads a fresh copy of Windows and installs it, or Local reinstall that resets the PC locally.

windows reset options
Reset options

6. Finally, a screen will appear showing what will happen during the reset and a final prompt. Click on Reset to begin the process.

final reset prompt
Final Reset prompt

That’s it. Now, Windows will begin the reset process and it might take around 45 mins to complete depending on your hardware and what download option you chose.

This is how you can Reset Windows 11 with ease. Do you prefer resetting the PC or doing a clean install? Let us know in the comments below.

Also, make sure to check our detailed coverage on Windows 11.

Siddharth Dudeja

Siddharth Dudeja

An engineering student with a keen interest in most aspects of technology. Likes to write about Microsoft, Apple, Laptops, Gaming, etc.
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