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Backup Files & Programs before Factory Reset Windows 10 PC

Updated by Tracy King on Mar 15, 2021
Written by Roxanne

If your Windows 10 machine is acting up, it may be time for a tune-up. If it's a new purchase, you may just need to clear the junk files. However, if you don't think your computer is running as well as it should be, or you're getting worrying error messages, it might be time to reset your PC to its factory settings. But before you reset your Windows 10, you must back up data to avoid data loss.

Back up Data Before Factory Reset 

To effectively and safely backup files and installed programs before factory reset windows 10 computer, you should find a reliable Windows backup software. As there are so many such utilities on Google, which one you can trust is a problem. Here, to save you time and effort, we would like to recommend you use EaseUS file backup software. Coming with many advanced and flexible backup features, it can help you backup your system, files, settings, disks, partitions with ease. 

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To back up files & installed apps before factory reset windows 10, follow these steps:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup software and then choose "File", "Disk/partition" or "OS" for different backup purpose.

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Step 2. Choose the system, disk partition, files or apps that you want to back up. Then select a destination where you want to store the backup file.

Step 3. Click "Proceed" to start the data backup process.

To back up or transfer apps and programs, refer to this page:

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Steps to Factory Reset Windows 10

After the backup, you can start the factory reset process.

Step 1: To access it, head to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. You’ll see a Reset this PC header; Click "Get started". 

Step 2: Click either "Keep my files" or "Remove everything", depending on whether you want to keep your data files intact. Either way, all of your settings will return to their defaults and apps will be uninstalled. 

Factory reset Windows 10 PC while keeping your files

Step 3: Click "Next" if Windows warns you that you won't be able to roll back to a prior version of the OS. Click "Reset" when prompted. Click "Continue" when prompted.

Once the PC is restarted, you can then reinstall your apps, and configure settings. If the system still crashes, there may well be a hardware problem, in which case a hardware engineer may need to inspect the system for any issues the PC might have.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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Written by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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