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Reset Windows 11 PC

You can reset Windows 11 when your PC isn’t working well and it’s been a while since you installed an app, driver, or update.

Resetting reinstalls Windows 11, but lets you choose whether to keep your files or remove them, and then reinstalls Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to reset Windows 11 and Remove everything or Keep my files.

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How to Reset Settings App in Windows 10

Most of the settings you’ll want to change in Windows 10 are in the Settings app. Settings is organized into the separate System, Devices, Phone, Network & Internet, Personalization, Apps, Accounts, Time & language, Gaming, Ease of Access, Search, Privacy, Update & Security, and Mixed Reality (if available) categories. You can click/tap on a category to view and change more settings for that category.

If Settings is crashing or not opening, you can reset and/or re-register the Settings app to hopefully fix it.

This tutorial will show you how to reset and re-register the Settings app for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Reset GPU Preferences for Apps to Default in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17093, Microsoft is introducing a new Graphics settings page for Multi-GPU systems that allows you to manage the graphics performance preference of your apps. You may be familiar with similar graphics control panels from AMD and Nvidia, and you can continue to use those control panels. When you set an application preference in the Windows Graphics settings, that will take precedence over the other control panel settings.

This new setting allows you to specify which GPU you prefer to use by default for specific Store (universal) and Desktop (classic) apps. Preferences may provide better app performance or save battery life. Choices may not take effect until the next time the app launches.

Generally, the power saving GPU is the integrated GPU on a system, and the high performance GPU is the discrete GPU or external GPU. If you have both a discrete GPU and an external GPU on a system, the external GPU is considered the high performance GPU.

Applications are always allowed to have the ultimate choice of which GPU to use, so you may see additional applications that do not follow the preferences you set. In that case, look for a setting within the application itself to choose a preference.

Starting with Windows 10 build 19564, Microsoft updated the Graphics settings page (Settings > System > Display > Graphics settings), allowing for better control over designating which GPU your apps run on. With this update, the app list and GPU preference are pre-populated on a best effort basis to improve the default preference management experience. If your desired app isn’t pre-populated, you can still add it by using the app selection drop-down. You’ll notice alongside this, Microsoft also added a search box and a filter for the list of apps.

Starting with Windows 10 build 20190, Microsoft has made the following improvements:

  • Updated the Graphics Settings to allow users to specify a default high performance GPU.
  • Updated the Graphics Settings to allow users to pick a specific GPU on a per application basis.

This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore the GPU graphics performance preference for apps settings for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Unregister and Reset Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 10

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps.

When you have Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) enabled, you can install WSL distro apps from the Microsoft Store.

When you run a WSL distro app installed from the Microsoft Store for the first time, it gets installed and setup for your account by having you enter a UNIX username and password to use for this WSL distro.

If needed, you can unregister a WSL distro to reset it back to default for your account. Once unregistered, all data, settings, and software associated with that distribution will be permanently lost. The unregistered WSL distro will be removed from the available WSL distros list.

When you run the unregisted WSL distro app next, a clean copy of the distro will be installed allowing you to also setup the distro with a new UNIX username and password.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18342 (19H1) and Windows 10 build 18836 (20H1), Microsoft added some new commands that will give you more functionality when using wsl.exe. The commands that existed inside of wslconfig.exe have been added to wsl.exe to allow you to configure your distros more easily.

This tutorial will show you how to unregister and reset a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distro to default settings for your account in Windows 10.

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