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How does the factory reset function in Windows 10 work?

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Hi!

I managed to **** everything up in my Windows system directory. I changed some security settings for the file system that I shouldn't have changed.

So I made a factory reset by using the function in the Windows installation. But after that, Windows is still acting weird. So I was thinking, how does the factory reset function work? Does it install a new fresh Windows, like when I use an usb or CD? Or does it just clean up in the system?
Edited by 9colai - 8/5/16 at 3:15am
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It replaces all system files and settings with the ones archived in the recovery partition. Did you clean up your drive when you did the reset? Also, if your Windows is acting up due to a bugged update, that could also have affected the recovery partition, updates get integrated in the archived image, so a reset will not send you back to the first build you installed.
If you issues are caused by a malfunctioning driver, a reset may not help, because Windows auto-installs the default drivers for any hardware it identifies.
Essentially there is a number of things that might have gone wrong. Can you describe exactly what the issues where, exactly what you did step by step, and exactly what the current issues are?
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Okay, then there's no need to reinstall from a usb key. I'll come with a more detailed explanation when I come home from work in a few hours.

Thanks for your response

B.R.
Nicolai
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Ok, i found a program that could help taking ownership over a specific path. I wanted to remove the windows.old folder after an update but i had some problems with it because i didn't have the authority on my administrative account. So i used the program and i worked.

I have had this problems before other places on the C: drive so i decided to do the same for the rest of the folders on drive C: but not the windows folder. I didn't really think about the consequences it could bring so i just did it. I was playing Doom while the program was changing the ownership/permissions and suddenly everything freaked (when i was taking ownership over the "user" folder).

I did a reboot and after that everything was freezing/hanging, sometimes i couldn't even login and get to the desktop. I knew that it was because of the ownership of the user folder and i had been thinking about making a factory reset anyway so i just did it.

After the factory reset, my computer is better again, but it's still a bit unstable. Games for windows is not working, it just hangs when i open it. Some programs will not install.

oh yes, and i just updated windows 10 to the new anniversary update, before i did the ownership stunt.
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