How to reset Ubuntu Linux to default with resetter

Resetter is a free open source Linux system reset application for Linux. You can use this tool to reset the Linux OS to its default factory settings. You can reset settings, apps, kernels and users. You can also install the missing pre-installed apps. There are two modes. Automatic reset and custom reset. In addition to Ubuntu, we currently support the following Linux distributions:

Ubuntu Gnome 18.04, 18.10, 19.04, 20.04 Ubuntu Unity 16.04 Elementary OS 5.0 Deepin OS 15.8, 15.9, 15.10 Debian Gnome 9.6, 9.7, 9.9, 10.0, 10.1 Debian KDE 10.0 Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3, 19, 19.1, 19.2 Linux Mint 18.3 Mate Parrot OS Mate 4.7 BunsenLabs 10.4 XFCE

If you want to reset only the settings, follow the guide below.Reset Ubuntu Gnome desktop settings

How to install Resetter on Ubuntu

You can install the Resetter from the terminal via the native .deb package file. Download the latest version of the resetter tool to your .deb package file and save it in your download folder.

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Download resetter

Open a terminal (ctrl + alt + t) and run the following command.

cd Downloads
sudo dpkg -i resetter_3.0.0-stable_all.deb

Here, “resetter_3.0.0-stable_all.deb” is the downloaded resetter.deb package file. You can change the above command based on the downloaded file name.next

sudo apt install -f

Open the Resetter from the application menu.

There are two reset options, automatic and custom. Automatic is not recommended. Always use a custom reset.

If your distribution and version are supported, but you complain that you can’t find your manifest or user list files, follow these steps:

Manifest update

Move to

Help-> Update manifest files
Help-> Update userlist files

Update the manifest file and user list file.Then you can open it via

File->Openmanifest

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