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How to Restore the Computer to Default Desktop Settings

Updated April 17, 2017

Restoring your computer's default desktop settings is a simple process that involves resetting individual settings under the "Personalization" menu. By right-clicking on your computer desktop you can choose which settings you want to set back to the default factory settings. You will have to restore each setting individually back to the default position on your desktop.

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  1. Find your "Desktop Personalization Settings." Turn on your computer and wait for your desktop to load. Right click on your desktop and click on "Personalize" to be taken to your desktop settings. Click "Change Desktop Icons" under "Tasks" and double click "Restore Default."

  2. Go to "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" under "Tasks" and click "Customize." Scroll down the menu and click on "Restore Default Settings." Select "Notification" and click "Customize" and double click "Default Settings." Click the "OK" button at the bottom of all the tabs to apply the settings you just established.

  3. Restore default your desktop appearance and sounds. Click on "Desktop" under the "Personalization" menu. Click in the check box next to each of the display settings that you wish to return to default settings. Click "Customize" once you have selected all of the settings and click "Restore Default." Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect and to return your desktop to the default factory settings.

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