How to Reset a Desktop Computer

By Contributing Writer

Reset your desktop computer to make your operating system work better. Reset a desktop computer to its defaults to override unwanted changes. Reset your desktop computer settings to the browser default settings to ensure safe use of the Internet. Always try to resolve your computing troubles by resetting your desktop computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Desktop computer

Reset Your Desktop Computer to a Time When it Was Working its Best

Step 1

Use your desktop computer’s recovery system to a time when the system was working better. To reset your desktop computer to a store point, left-click the "Start" menu, point to "All Programs," and "Accessories," and then "System Tools." Click on "System Restore." Click on the option to "Restore," then click the "Next" button. Click "OK." You may also use the feature to "Set Restore Point" for future needs. In the next step you will clean up your file paths and file space to ensure that your computer is running the operating system smoothly.

Step 2

Click on the "Start" menu. Point to "All Programs." Point to "Accessories." Point to "System Tools." Click on "Disk Defragmenter." Click on the "Defragment" button.

Step 3

Close the Defragment program. Your computer will run like new. It is a good idea to restart your computer. Close all programs, then click on the "Start" button. Click "Turn Off Computer." Select "Restart." Click "OK."

Reset a PC for the Manufacturer, Microsoft, or Non-Microsoft Program Defaults

Step 1

Click the "Start" button. Point to "All programs." Click on "Set Program Access and Defaults."

Step 2

Click on "Computer Manufacturer" to reset your desktop computer to the manufacturer’s settings. Click on "Microsoft Windows" to reset your Internet Explorer and MSN Messenger settings. Click on "Non-Microsoft" to reset Mozilla Firefox settings.

Step 3

Click "OK." Your browser, email, and instant messenger settings will now be reset to the manufacturer’s specifications.