Factory Reset Windows 11 from BIOS Without Losing Data🔥

Jerry updated on Jan 22, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

Resetting Windows can be helpful in resolving different problems related to your computer/laptop. But sometimes, it may be hard for you to reset your system. You should read this blog if you don't know how to factory reset Windows 11 from BIOS. This guide from EaseUS will show you how to reset a laptop seamlessly in a few simple steps. Let's read about the factor reset Windows process and related sections.

Backup Your Computer Before Factory Reset

Before you start resetting Windows, you should take a backup of your data. Keeping yourself safe from data loss due to any unexpected error is compulsory. You can use built-in backup tools of Windows 11 to create a system image, but it is not as fully equipped as you might expect.

It will lose your data if your system faces a technical issue and experiences an unexpected problem. In this situation, the best approach is using EaseUS Todo Backup. This specific tool is designed for backing up your data. 

It can back up your files, systems, disks, partitions, computer apps, etc., and save the backups in various locations. It lets you transfer Windows to another computer without boot issues and perform full, incremental, and differential backups.

EaseUS Todo Backup

You can download data from the cloud after reinstallation of your Windows 11. Moreover, you can schedule the backup process to keep files in the cloud without hassles. To keep the users at ease, it also allows you to back up selected files, folders, or disks. In short, EaseUS Todo Backup is the perfect pick for backing up data before performing a factor reset.

Step 1. To start backup, click the Select backup contents.

create file backup step1

Step 2. There are four data backup categories: File, Disk, OS, and Mail.

create file backup step2

Step 3. On the left-hand side, you'll see a list of local and network files. Selecting the files to be backed up by expanding the directory.

File backup

Step 4. Follow the instructions on the screen and pick the location where you wish to store the backup.

File backup step4

In Backup Options, click Options to encrypt the backup with a password, specify the backup schedule, and choose whether or not to start the backup at a certain event in Backup Scheme. There are a variety of customizable features available for you to explore, and you may tailor the backup operation to meet your specific requirements.

Backup options

Step 5. Backups can be stored on a local disk, in EaseUS's cloud service, or on a network attached storage device (NAS).

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup allows customers to back up data to a third-party cloud drive or the company's own cloud storage.

If you wish to back up your data to a third-party cloud drive, select Local Drive, scroll down to add Cloud Device and enter your account information.

Backup to cloud
You may also use EaseUS's own cloud storage service. Click EaseUS Cloud, create an account using your EaseUS Account, then log in to your account.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. To begin a backup, choose Backup Now. It will appear in the shape of a card on the left-hand panel when the backup process has been successfully finished. To handle the backup job in more detail, right-click on it.

File backup step7

How to Perform Windows 11 Factory Reset from BIOS

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Once you have finished the backup procedure, you should move towards the factory reset Windows 11 from the BIOS phase. We have listed the steps with detailed descriptions about performing the factory reset via BIOS for your assistance.

Access BIOS

Firstly, you must access BIOS settings using a specified key while your system turns on. Mostly, you can use the F1, F2, Del, and Esc keys as per your laptop model. If you don't know about the keys, you can consult with your device's manual. Keep pressing these keys until you get a BIOS setup screen.

navigate to Boot option

Change Settings

From the BIOS screen, navigate to the "Exit" tab and select "Load Setup Defaults". It will help your system identify what you want in return when you end up with the factory reset. After selecting it, choose "Save and Exit" or press F10 to save your changes.

select Load Setup Defaults

Start Factory Reset

After pressing the above-mentioned key, your system will restart automatically. Now, you can choose the "Troubleshoot" option from the screen and then the "Reset this PC" option to start this process. You may have to click on the "Reset" button again for confirmation.

click Reset this PC

After the factory reset, you will be led to the Windows setup process. Follow the on-screen prompts to set up the preferences, create your user account, and personalize your system.

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When to Factory Reset from BIOS Windows 11

The question that comes to mind about factory reset Windows 11 is why you should need this. There can be multiple reasons behind this selection related to Windows. The most common reason is malware-infected operating systems.

It might be possible that your system has been affected by a corrupted software/program. In this case, you will experience slow processing of your system. You will get a fresh system with the same processing speed by factory resetting your Windows.

Secondly, it might be possible that you have made some changes to BIOS that affect the processing. To undo those changes, you must be a technical professional. But if you are not, you should go ahead with the factory reset of Windows.

Moreover, you can get the default settings saved on your system with the factory reset. If you cannot find the change you have made in the system that is damaging the performance, you should choose the factory reset option.

In short, whenever your system is experiencing a problem and you cannot find it, the safest approach is to factory reset Windows 11 from BIOS.

Bonus Tip: Windows 11 Factory Reset from Boot Without Password

If you don't know the password of your Windows, you may not be able to access the settings of your system. It means that you can't reset Windows using the above method. In this regard, you can go with this process and factory reset Windows 11 without signing in. 

You only have to ensure that you have connected the boot device to reinstall Windows on your laptop. After that, you must follow these simple steps to proceed with this process.

Step 1. Turn on your system and press a dedicated key like F2, F12, etc. (It depends on your laptop model, such as Dell, ASUS, Lenovo, Acer, etc.)

Step 2. Click on the "Repair Your Computer" from the "Advanced Startup" screen.

Step 3. Tap on "Troubleshoot" and then "Reset This PC."

click Troubleshoot

Step 4. Hit the "Reset Options" and then choose "Keep my Files" or "Remove Everything" as per your requirements

Step 5. Once done, follow the on-screen instructions to factory reset Windows 11 from BIOS

Be mindful that choosing the "Remove everything" option will remove all files from your system. So, it is recommended to go with the "Keep my Files" option and check if the issue has been resolved. If it isn't solved yet, you can choose another option. 

To Wrap Things Up

We hope you have learned how to factory reset Windows 11 from BIOS by reading this guide. For your assistance, we have also shared the process to reset the PC, even if you don't know the password. With this, you can get your system back in a normal situation.

But the most important thing to consider in this regard is taking the data backup with a free backup tool like EaseUS Todo Backup. It will help you factory reset your computer without losing data and store your personal files even if you have reset all settings. In short, it will be a safe way to keep files and get your system back on the main track after the removal of malware-affected programs. 

FAQs on Factory Reset Windows 11 from BIOS

1. Does resetting BIOS erase Windows?

No, resetting BIOS doesn't erase Windows from your system. But it will remove the files from the disk or clean it as per your instructions. 

2. How do I factory reset Windows 11 without settings?

You can factory reset Windows 11 without settings via the Boot menu. Here are the steps that you have to follow for this. 

  • Force restart your system by pressing the keys.
  • Choose "Troubleshooting" from the options and then "Reset this PC."
  • Then, you need to choose the files that you want to keep on your system.
  • Click on the "Reset PC" button to accomplish the task or follow the on-screen instructions.

3. How to reset Windows 11 from the boot when the PC doesn't boot?

If your PC doesn't boot, you should go with these steps to factory reset Windows 11. 

  • Start the computer and enter "Windows Recovery Mode."
  • Go to "Advanced Options" and then choose "Troubleshoot."
  • Tap on "Reset this PC" and choose the files storage option.
  •  Click the "Reset" button to finish this process.

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