How to use Fresh Start on Windows 10 to return the machine to the original installation state

How to use Fresh Start on Windows 10 to return the machine to the original installation state

The May 2020 Update for Windows 10 has moved the Fresh Start feature, which allows you to reinstall Windows while removing any manufacturer-installed bloatware on your laptop or desktop. It is no longer part of the Windows Security application.

You can find Fresh Start built into Windows 10’s Reset Your PC feature. factory default status.

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To get started, go to Settings> Update & Security> Recovery . Click Get started under Reset This PC .

Click Get started under Reset This PC

Choose Keep my files to keep your personal files on your PC or Remove everything to remove them. Either way, Windows deletes your apps and settings.

Warning : Make sure to back up your important files before clicking Remove everything.

Choose Keep my files to keep your personal files on your PC or Remove everything to remove them

Next, select Cloud download to download Windows 10 installation files from Microsoft or Local reinstall to use Windows installation files on PC.

  • Cloud Download is more suitable if you have a fast Internet connection, but your PC will have to download several gigabytes of data.
  • Local Reinstall does not require a download, but it can fail if the Windows installation is corrupted.
Select Cloud download or Local reinstall

On the Additional settings screen, click Change settings.

Click Change settings

Set the Restore preinstalled apps option? to No. When this option is disabled, Windows won’t automatically reinstall manufacturer apps to the PC.

Note: If the Restore preinstalled apps option? Don’t appear here, your PC doesn’t have any apps pre-installed. This can happen if you installed Windows yourself on the PC or if you have removed the pre-installed applications from the PC before.

Set the Restore preinstalled apps option? to No

Click Confirm and continue the Reset This PC process.

Click Confirm

You will get a “clean” Windows installation without any manufacturer-installed applications cluttering the system.

I wish you all success!

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