How to Do Windows Server 2016 Factory Reset from Command Prompt

Learn how to do Windows Server 2016 factory reset via Command Prompt with the complete guide on this page. If you want to reset PC without losing data, you can also get a server backup tool to backup your important data before reset.


By Jonna Updated on January 5, 2024

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Can I Factory Reset Windows Server 2016 from Command Prompt?


Has anyone here ever tried a factory reset on Windows Server 2016 using Command Prompt? I've got this badly used server, running quite slowly, and I'm wondering if I can perform a Windows Server 2016 factory reset from Command Prompt. Any tips or step-by-step guide for a tech noob like me? Appreciate the help!

A factory reset is a process that erases all data and settings on a device, returning it to its default settings. This means that the device is reset to the point when it was first taken out of the box. Performing a factory reset helps to fix errors in the operating system, fix issues with software updates, improve your PC's overall performance, etc.

There exist a couple of ways to perform a factory reset for Windows Server 2016. One of these ways involves utilizing the Command Prompt. In this article, you'll learn everything you need to know about how to perform Windows Server 2016 factory reset via Command Prompt.

Windows Server 2016 Factory Reset Command

Backup Windows Server 2016 Regularly for Disaster Recovery

Since a factory reset wipes out all your data and settings, it is better to back up all the data on your computer. This ensures that you can restore your important programs and data. AOMEI Backupper Server is one of the best software for creating a full backup of your computer before performing a factory reset.

You can use this tool to do system backup, disk backup, partition backup, and file backup. It has the following advantages:

✨ Scheduled backup: You can set up auto backups so that your backup data is always up-to-date.
✨ Incremental/differential backup: It offers three backup methods, incremental, differential, and full backup.
✨ Multiple backup storage paths: It supports you to backup Windows Server to NAS, internal/external hard drive, USB flash drive, network share, cloud, etc.
✨ Quick restore: You can easily restore backup images when needed, and even restore a part of the backup.

Here is how to backup your important files before factory reset Windows Server 2016(this tool can also run on Server 2022/2019/2012 (R2)/2008(R2)/2003, etc.):

Step 1. Download and run AOMEI Backupper Server. Navigate to Backup > File Backup.

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File Backup

▶Tip: To create system image backup for Windows Server 2016, choose the "System Backup" option.

Step 2. Opt for either Add Folder or Add File to specify the data requiring backup.

Add File or Folder

Step 3. Access the second bar in the main interface and designate a backup destination.

Select Backup Destination

Step 4. CInitiate the backup process by clicking Start Backup at the lower right corner. When it's complete, click Finish.

Start Backup

Options offers you to set email notification, encrypt, compress and split the backup image, etc. based on your needs.
You can set up daily/weekly/monthly/event triggers/USB plug in backups under Schedule Backup.
You can also change the backup method and enable backup cleanup to auto delete backup files that exceed the retention policy in Backup Scheme.

How to Perform Windows Server 2016 Factory Reset from Command Prompt

To do Windows Server 2016 factory reset with CMD, you can rely on the "systemreset" command. This command allows you to reinstall Windows while keeping your files and settings intact. Here's how you can do it:

Step 1. Open Command Prompt with administrative privileges.

Step 2. Input the following command and press Enter:

  • systemreset

Step 3. Choose Keep my files or Remove everything. If wish to delete all files and settings, click on Remove everything.

Systemreset Command Choose an Option

Step 4. On the next screen, it will display what resetting will do to your PC. Confirm your choices and proceed by clicking the Reset button. The reset process will begin, restoring your Windows PC to its original settings. Wait patiently until the reset process completes.


Frequently Asked Questions about Factory Resetting Windows Server 2016

#1. Does factory reset delete everything on PC?

Essentially, a factory reset will delete almost everything on your device, including personal data, settings, apps, accounts, and more. But this depends on the reset option you choose during the factory reset process.

#2. Does factory reset remove viruses?

Letting Windows Server 2016 reset to factory default can be an effective way to remove viruses from a device as it wipes out all data and settings, including any viruses or malware that may be present on the device.

However, it is important to note that a factory reset may not eradicate all types of malware and viruses. Persistent viruses, deeply embedded in the firmware or operating system, may endure even after a device has been reset to factory settings. In such cases, seeking professional assistance becomes imperative.

#3. Can I factory reset Windows Server 2016 without losing my data?

Yes, you can perform a full backup for your computer before factory reset, so that you can restore the backup image after it. In this way, you can reset PC without losing data. Or, you can choose the "Keep my files" option during the reset process to retain personal data.

#4. Will factory resetting Windows Server 2016 impact installed applications?

Yes, it's recommended to reinstall applications after the reset to ensure proper functionality.

#5. Is there a way to revert from a factory reset if something goes wrong?

No, factory resetting is irreversible, so ensure all necessary preparations are made beforehand.

Concluding Words

If you are looking for how to perform Windows Server 2016 factory reset using Command Prompt, a step-by-step guide is covered on this page. For your data security, you could use the professional server backup software, AOMEI Backupper Server, to back up your system, hard drive, or important files/folders before reset.

Jonna · Editor
Jonna joined AOMEI in 2021 and has become a professional in the areas of computer backup and restoration, disk cloning, file synchronization, etc. She maintains a keen eye for the latest technology trends, ensuring that the information provided is always in step with industry developments.