If Windows 11/10 keeps resetting all your settings to default, then here are a few things you need to take a look at. Imagine all settings rest to default automatically every time you shut down or restart your computer. A few users have been complaining about the issue. Let’s see how we can fix it.
Windows Settings reset to default after reboot
The solutions that can fix automatic resetting of settings to default problem on Windows 11/10 after every shutdown or restart are:
- Run SFC and DISM Scans
- Run Startup Repair
- Create a New User Account with Administrative Privileges
- Check if this happens in Clean Boot State
- Uninstall any Update or Program that you may have installed
- Run System Restore
- Repair Windows OS using Installation Media or Media Creation Tool.
Let’s deep dive into each method and see how they are done. Before you begin, you may want to Check for Updates and install them if they are available.
1] Run SFC & DISM Scans
SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) are two power tools on Windows 10 that can fix the majority of issues that occur on your computer. They use files from updates to replace any broken files that are causing you errors.
They can fix almost every error that occurs on your PC. First, run SFC Scan and then run DISM Scan.
You can find more detailed info and procedure on running SFC Scan in the below link.
After running the SFC Scan, run DISM Scan. This will help repair a corrupted system image.
After the scan processes are complete, restart your PC. Any errors that are causing your system settings to rest automatically might be fixed by now.
2] Run Startup Repair
Windows 10 comes with a great feature called Automatic Startup Repair. It will fix any Windows-related troubles and fixes them automatically when we run it.
Use it and see. It should fix the automatic reset of settings after reboot. If the problem is still not solved, try the fixes below.
Related: Windows 10 Settings not opening or working.
3] Create a New User Account with Administrative Privileges
Another possible reason for the error to occur in the first place is may be due to a corrupted user profile. To fix that, you need to create a new user account with administrative privileges. This will help you fix the error and use your PC normally.
You can create a new user account with administrative privileges through Accounts in Settings.
After creating the new user profile, check if the issue is resolved by restarting your PC.
Alternatively, restart your PC 4 times in a row to remove a temporary profile problem – see if this helps.
4] Check if this happens in Clean Boot State
Clean Boot State is used to diagnose and troubleshoot advanced Windows problems. Ie helps in knowing if the problem on your PC is caused by errors on Windows or any other program you have installed. In Clean Boot State, only the essential programs and drivers run.
Check if the settings reset automatically even in Clean Boot State. If not the error is caused by a program you have installed.
5] Uninstall any Update or Program that you may have installed
Windows settings might have been resetting to default due to any update or program you have installed last. Try to remember all the programs you have installed before the error occurred and uninstall them. It might solve the issue and make your PC behave normally without resetting the settings to default.
6] Run System Restore
System Restore is a very useful feature in Windows 10 that allows PC users to revert to an earlier point in time when the operating system was functioning properly without issues. Running it will fix the problem of automatic reset of settings to default after a reboot.
This should fix your problem.
7] Repair Windows OS using Installation Media or Media Creation Tool
This is the last method you can try to fix Windows 10 settings automatic reset after reboot.
You can repair Windows 10 using Installation Media.
Why do my Windows settings keep resetting?
There can be multiple reasons why your Windows 11/10 installation may keep resetting to Factory defaults. It could be due to OS file corruptions, User Account Profile corruption, software that you recently installed or updated, your boot settings, etc.
These are the fixes that can fix the automatic reset to default settings. If you have any suggestions or doubts, please do comment below.