How To Factory Reset Windows 8

I often get asked how to factory reset Windows 8 so I’ve put together this step-by-step guide. Windows 8’s new Factory Reset option allows you to easily reset Windows and get your PC running like new.

I completed this process on my Ainol Mini PC, however, it should be identical for any PC running Windows 8.

I’ve highlighted important areas in Red in the screenshots.

1. Navigate to “Update and recovery” under Settings



2. Choose “Recovery” and “Get Started”



3. Complete the Recovery Process


Make sure you select “Just remove my files”! Otherwise, you’ll need to do a full re-installation of Windows 8 using your install media.How-To-Factory-Reset-Windows-8-04

Clicking “Reset” will start to factory reset Windows 8:How-To-Factory-Reset-Windows-8-05After a while (the process usually takes around 10-15 minutes for me), Windows will complete the factory reset process and reboot. When Windows 8 loads, it will guide you through the setup process.


So now you know how to factory reset Windows 8 and your PC should be running exactly as it did when you first got it.

If your Windows 9 Setup is no longer in English, please follow our guide on how to change Windows 8 language to English.




Michael is a technology expert with over 15 years of experience in IT, Home Theatre and Automation. Feel free to send Michael a message here.

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