How can you reset only the settings of Windows 10 by returning them to the initial default defaults
When, in Windows 10, something seems not to work as you would like, it may be because of some setting that you don't remember changing in the past. We are not specifically talking about errors here, but also about simple features, which for example may have been disabled. For example, one of the most frequent problems with Windows may concern the fact that some files open with the wrong program or that any of the accessibility options, those dedicated to those with disabilities, is active, to make the behavior of the desktop strange and folders. In other cases, the use of a program, such as optimization and maintenance, may have changed the settings. Obviously, then, there are cases of system errors, for example if some application does not open or if the Start menu is empty or busted. While it is possible to find a solution for almost every Windows 10 problem (we have seen how to use the Windows 10 troubleshooting tools), if you do not want or do not have the skills to tinker among the various Settings or Control panel, possible reset to reset all Windows 10 settings to their initial defaults, the default ones as set after the first system installation.
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How Windows 10 reset works
There normal procedure to reset Windows 10, already explained in the past, very simple. Just open the Settings from the Start menu (clicking on the gear icon or looking for settings in the search bar) and then go to the section Update and security. Here you can find a section dedicated to Restoration which leads to function Reset your PC. You will then be asked whether to do a total reset, deleting everything and bringing Windows 10 back from scratch, or whether to keep your personal files. In both cases, the settings are reset to the default values. There is also another way to reset Windows 10, by reinstalling from scratch. Also in this case the settings are reset to the default values, the programs deleted, while the personal files are kept. This option, which we have previously described as a quick way to clean up your PC of all programs and apps at once, is found by going in Settings> Update and Security, going to Windows Security and then, inside the Windows Security Center, under the section Device performance and integrity.
Can only the settings be reset?
However, there is no option to reset only the settings of Windows 10, without removing the various programs and applications. There are only options to restore individual sets of options, or, as we will see, a simple and clever trick that solves any PC problem without side effects. The easiest thing to fix from Windows 10 Settings, restore the association between programs and file types. Therefore, if you have problems opening some files because the correct program is not recognized or if the wrong program is automatically opened. Going in Settings> App, open the section Default apps and press the button Reset which allows you to restore the default settings recommended by Microsoft. In the event that the folders and file windows have a different behavior and appearance than usual, you can do a reset folder settings. To do this, open any folder, then press up on the top View and press the button Options top right. From the Options window, go to the tab viewing and press the button Reset Folders.If Windows 10 is in the wrong language, you can return to Italian in a simple way, as seen in another guide. From the same Language settings it is possible to correct the keyboard layout, in case the keys on the keyboard are not correct. In other articles we have also seen the solution for every error in the Windows 10 Start menu and on how to disable the web search from the Start menu.
Solution to reset Windows 10 settings
Even if there is no key to reset the settings of Windows 10, it is possible to do it with a simple trick, without having to delete all the programs as it happens if you use the Reset PC key. Basically, just create a new user. We have seen, in this regard, the guide to reset the PC without formatting creating a new user. Create a new simple user, just go to Settings> Accounts, go to Family and other users and add a user who has administrator rights. You can then enter the new user after a computer restart and have Windows 10 as if it were new, but still with the programs installed. It will still take some work to transfer personal files and application data by copying the profile folder (found in C: / Users) from one profile to another. Before doing this, importantly, if you want to reset the settings of a user who logs in with a Microsoft account, disable automatic synchronization of the sameotherwise they will be recovered with the latest options. In Settings> Accounts, go to Sync your settings and deactivate the first switch.
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