If you own a Microsoft Surface or a Microsoft Surface Pro and want to reset the device to the Windows 10 factory defaults then follow this article.

The reason why you may want to do this is:

  • you find the laptop/tablet is running slow
  • you want to pass the laptop to someone else and want to make sure you delete all the apps, personal files from the laptop device
  • you plan to sell it
  • a driver or system file is missing
  • you keep getting blue screens of death (BSOD)

The simplest way to reset the device is to follow these steps in Windows 10:

  • Go to the system settings by click on Start – Settings
HOW TO RESET MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO TO WINDOWS 10 DEFAULTS Start Settings
  • Click on Update & Security
HOW TO RESET MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO TO WINDOWS 10 DEFAULTS Start Settings Update Security
  • Click on Recovery
HOW TO RESET MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO TO WINDOWS 10 DEFAULTS Start Settings Update Security Recovery
  • Click on Get Started
HOW TO RESET MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO TO WINDOWS 10 DEFAULTS Start Settings Update Security Recovery Get Started
  • Select Remove everything if you don’t need all your local files and apps. If you intend to keep the files and apps then select Keep my files. If you intend to sell the laptop, make sure you select Remove everything.
HOW TO RESET MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO TO WINDOWS 10 DEFAULTS Remove everything
  • Select Local Reinstall if you don’t want to download Windows 10. You would be saving 4G of your download data and using the local reinstall would be faster.
HOW TO RESET MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO TO WINDOWS 10 DEFAULTS Local Reinstall
  • Click Next
HOW TO RESET MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO TO WINDOWS 10 DEFAULTS Additional Settings

Then let it run to complete the reinstall of Windows. You can watch this video for more help if required.

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