Windows – reset Windows 10 settings without removing files and programs

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Windows 10's built-in 'reset this PC' function either removes "only installed programs" or everything. Can I reset Windows 10 settings without removing files and programs?

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Best Answer

  • Reset feature in Windows 10 gives you two options:

    Keep files: This option Reinstalls Windows 10 and removes all your apps/programs, drivers, and settings. But your personal files will remain safe in their place.

    Remove everything: As the name reflects, the option Reinstalls Windows 10 and removes everything including your files.

    For your information, there is no way to preserve programs. Only your personal files can be protected.

    Instead of resetting, you can use system restore or boot into safe mode to troubleshoot problems.