How do I reinstall Windows 10 again?

Answered by Robert Flynn

To reinstall Windows 10, you can follow a straightforward process that is built into the operating system itself. Here is a detailed step-by-step guide for reinstalling Windows 10:

1. Backup your important data: Before proceeding with a reinstall, it is crucial to back up any important files or data you have on your computer. This ensures that you don’t lose any precious information during the reinstallation process.

2. Access the Recovery settings: Click on the ‘Start’ button located at the bottom left corner of your screen. From the Start menu, select ‘Settings’, which is represented by a gear icon. In the Settings window, choose the ‘Update & security’ option.

3. Choose the Recovery option: Within the Update & security settings, click on the ‘Recovery’ tab located on the left-hand side. This will display various recovery options.

4. Start the reinstallation process: Under the ‘Reset this PC’ section, click on the ‘Get started’ button. You will be presented with two options: ‘Keep my files’ and ‘Remove everything’. If you want to perform a clean reinstall, select ‘Remove everything’. This option will remove all your files, applications, and settings, providing a fresh start.

5. Choose a reset method: After selecting ‘Remove everything’, you will be prompted to choose a reset method. You can either opt to ‘Just remove my files’ or ‘Remove files and clean the drive’. The latter option is recommended if you are planning to sell or donate your computer, as it securely wipes your hard drive.

6. Begin the reinstallation: Once you have chosen the reset method, Windows 10 will ask you to confirm your choice. Read the information provided and click on the ‘Next’ button to proceed.

7. Wait for the reinstallation to complete: Windows 10 will then start the reinstallation process, which may take some time to finish. Your computer may restart multiple times during this process, so it’s important not to interrupt it.

8. Set up Windows 10: After the reinstallation is complete, you will be guided through the initial setup process. This includes selecting your region and language, signing in with a Microsoft account (or creating a new one), and customizing your privacy settings.

9. Reinstall your applications: Once you have completed the initial setup, you can begin reinstalling your applications from scratch. You can either download them from the internet or install them from any installation media you may have.

10. Restore your backed-up data: restore your backed-up files and data to your computer. You can copy them back from your backup storage device or synchronize them from cloud storage services if you have them set up.

Remember to keep a copy of your Windows 10 product key handy in case you are prompted to enter it during the reinstallation process. It is usually located on a sticker attached to your computer or in the documentation provided with your device. If you have a digital license tied to your Microsoft account, it will be automatically activated after the reinstallation.

Reinstalling Windows 10 can be a time-consuming process, but it can help resolve various performance issues and provide a clean slate for your computer.