The “Reset Your PC” function in Windows 10 returns your computer to its factory default settings, including any bloatware installed by the manufacturer. However, the Creators Update’s new “Fresh Start” feature makes it much simpler to obtain a clean Windows system.

Downloading Windows 10 installation discs and reinstalling them on a PC was always an option. However, Microsoft’s new tool makes doing a full Windows reinstall to obtain a fresh Windows system a lot simpler.

How Does It Work?

The “Reset this PC” option restores your computer’s factory default settings. You’ll have a clean Windows system if you install Windows yourself. However, it’s unlikely that you will install Windows on your own. Like the majority of people, you presumably bought a computer that came with Windows and some bloatware.

In such a scenario, resetting your PC will restore it to its factory settings, which includes all of the software that the manufacturer originally installed. Everything will return, from irritating bloatware to essential software drivers. You’ll either have to put up with it or spend time removing it.

Previously, you had to obtain Windows 10 installation media, make a USB drive or DVD, and then reinstall Windows 10 yourself to get rid of the bloatware for a clean, fresh-from-Microsoft Windows 10 system. This procedure is made considerably easier by Windows’ new “Fresh Start” feature, which allows ordinary PC users to fully reinstall Windows with only a few clicks.

Even Windows gurus who often reinstall Windows on new computers may benefit from the “Fresh Start” function. Simply follow the steps to reinstall Windows 10 on a new PC quickly and easily.

So, what’s the catch?

Locate the “Windows Defender Security Center” programme on the Start menu.

Go to the sidebar and choose “Device Performance & Health,” then “Additional Info” under the Fresh Start section.

To reinstall Windows, click the “Get Started” button and follow the instructions.

The disadvantage is that you’ll lose all of your PC’s factory-installed software. Sure, much of it is trash, but you can certainly get some of the essential stuff—like drivers and software—from your PC manufacturer’s website. If you need a utility later, you may most likely download it separately.

However, if there’s anything you can’t obtain online–or if the bloatware contains a good deal–you’ll want to make sure you have all of the required licencing keys and registrations before proceeding. Many new Dells, for example, come with 20GB of free Dropbox storage, which is a very good bargain.

Similarly, any additional product keys for current software that you wish to retain should be obtained. You’ll need to deauthorize iTunes on your computer first if you’re using it. After this procedure is completed, you’ll need to reinstall and authorise iTunes. If you have a Microsoft Office product key, you’ll need to make sure you have it when you reinstall Office. If you’re using Office 365, you’ll need to download and install Office New. Any other programme that needs a key or permission is the same.

Finally, although Windows promises to preserve your personal data throughout this procedure, it’s always a good idea to maintain a backup copy of any essential information on your PC in case anything goes wrong.

Update: How to Use Fresh Start in the May 2020 Update Fresh Start has been relocated (and renamed) in Windows 10’s May 2020 Update. In the most recent versions of Windows 10, here’s how to do a Fresh Start.

How to Start Over with the Creators Update

The Windows Defender interface has an option called “Fresh Start.” Launch the “Windows Defender Security Center” programme from the Start menu.

To utilize Fresh Start, go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery and choose “Get Started” from the Reset This PC drop-down menu. Choose “Keep my files” and follow the on-screen instructions.

If you don’t see this app, you haven’t yet installed the Creators Update. In the Anniversary Update, you may still accomplish this using another technique, which is detailed below.

In the sidebar, choose “Device performance and & health,” and then select the “Additional info” tab under Fresh start.

To get to this page, go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery and select the option that says “Learn how to start over with a clean installation of Windows.”

Everything that will happen in the future is described in this window.The newest version of Windows 10 will be reinstalled and upgraded. Your personal data and certain Windows settings will remain, but all of your desktop applications—both those that came with your PC and those that you’ve installed—will be deleted. Even while Windows promises to preserve your personal data, it’s still a good idea to back it up.

When you’re ready, click the “Get Started” button. To proceed, you must accept a User Account Control popup.

Windows cautions you that, depending on how fast your computer is, the procedure may take up to 20 minutes. To get started, click “Next.”

The programme will provide you with a list of all the desktop apps it will remove. It also stores this list on your PC’s desktop as a text file, making it easy to check what programmes you’ve previously installed.

To begin the procedure, click “Start” when you’re ready. You won’t be able to use your computer while Windows reinstalls itself, so be prepared.

You’ll have a new Windows 10 installation after the procedure is finished. Run Windows Update—it should do it automatically—and your computer should hopefully download all of the necessary device drivers. If not, go to the manufacturer’s website’s driver download page for your computer and download any necessary drivers and software.

In the Anniversary Update, How to Reinstall Windows Without Bloatware?

This functionality is also available in an older version of the Anniversary Update. Even if you haven’t yet updated to the Creators Update, you may still reinstall Windows and remove bloatware. The Fresh Start feature in the Creators Update, on the other hand, is recommended by Microsoft as the best choice.

To begin, go to your starting menu and choose the Settings app. Go to Update & Security > Recovery to get started. Under more recovery options, scroll down and click or touch the “Learn how to start over with a clean installation of Windows” link.

This link will lead you to Microsoft’s “Start a new with a clean installation of Windows 10” page. More information on the procedure may be found on the page.

To download the Refresh Windows Tool, go to the bottom of the page and click the “Download tool now” option.

Run the “RefreshWindowsTool.exe” file you downloaded and accept Microsoft’s licensing agreement. You’ll get the “Give Your PC a Fresh Start” box after that.

Choose “Retain personal files only” if you want Windows to keep your personal data, or “Nothing” if you want Windows to delete everything. In any case, all of your installed applications will be uninstalled and your settings will be reset.

When you click “Start,” the program will begin downloading the Windows 10 installation files, which are about 3 GB in size. It then starts the installation process, providing you with a clean Windows 10 installation with no bloatware from the manufacturer.