Backup Files & Programs before Factory Reset Windows 10 PC

Abby Haines updated on Aug 11, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

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 free backup software. Coming with many advanced and flexible backup features, it can help you backup your system, files, settings, disks, partitions with ease. 

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

Tip
You'd better create the backup file on an external disk or on the cloud in case the local backup gets corrupted or destroyed.

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

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.

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

Transfer or migrate programs

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.