Whonix ™ Factory Reset

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Users sometimes ask how they can reset their system. This is called factory reset. [1]

Two major methods exist.

A): re-install method

Delete Whonix ™ (or delete just 1 VM) and re-install the most recent (stable) version of Whonix ™. This is the "cleaner", all covering method and moves the system as close to vendor default as possible. However, this option is less convenient as user data would have to be migrated in case that matters.

B): reset settings method

Reset settings to vendor defaults as much as possible. This method is imperfect, cannot undo all user modifications or solve all issues.

1) re-install meta package and safely run sudo apt-get autoremove

2) Reset Configuration Files to Vendor Default

3) XFCE Settings Reset


  1. In case of Whonix ™ it's not really a factory reset because at time of writing Whonix ™ is only software and not hardware. Therefore there cannot really be any factory defaults by the strict word definition. Calling it vendor settings reset is harder to understand. factory reset has a nicer sound to it.

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