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    Refresh Windows 10

    How to Refresh Windows 10
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    How to Refresh Windows 10

    information   Information
    Resetting lets you choose whether to keep your files or remove them, and then reinstalls Windows.

    For more information, see:

    Option What it does
    Keep my files
    • This is to refresh Windows 10.
    • Reinstalls Windows 10 and keeps your personal files.
    • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
    • Removes changes you made to settings.
    • Removes any apps your PC manufacturer installed. (If your PC came with Windows 10, apps from your PC manufacturer will be reinstalled.)
    Remove everything
    • This is to reset Windows 10.
    • Reinstalls Windows 10 and removes all your personal files.
    • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
    • Removes changes you made to settings.
    • Removes any apps your PC manufacturer installed. (If your PC came with Windows 10, apps from your PC manufacturer will be reinstalled.)
    • If you're planning to donate, recycle, or sell your PC, use this option and choose to fully clean the drive. This might take an hour or two, but it makes it harder for other people to recover files you've removed.
    Restore factory settings
    • This is to do a factory restore on an OEM PC that came preinstalled with Windows 10.
    • Reinstalls the version of Windows that your PC came with (either Windows 8 or Windows 8.1) and removes your personal files.
    • Removes apps and drivers you installed.
    • Removes changes you made to settings.
    • Reinstalls any apps your PC manufacturer installed on your PC.
    • This option isn't available on all PCs.


    This tutorial will show you how to refresh Windows 10 on your PC to reinstall Windows and keep your personal files and settings, and apps you installed from the Windows Store.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to refresh Windows.

    Note   Note
    Refreshing a Windows To Go workspace is not supported.

    A list of removed apps will be saved on your desktop to a Removed Apps.html file when the refresh has finished.

    When Windows 10 is refreshed, it will place a Windows.old folder in the root directory of the Windows drive that contains a copy of the previous Windows 10 installation as a backup.

    If you would like to delete the Windows.old folder to recover the large amount of space it uses, then see:

    How to Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10

    warning   Warning
    If you reset your PC within a month of your upgrade to Windows 10, the option in Settings that lets you go back to your previous version of Windows will no longer be available.


    CONTENTS:






    Refresh Windows 10 OPTION ONE Refresh Windows 10
    To Refresh Windows 10 at Boot

    1. Boot to advanced startup options.

    2. Click/tap on Troubleshoot. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Reset this PC. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on Keep my files. (see screenshot below)

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    5. If prompted, click/tap on an administrator account you want to provide credentials for. (see screenshot below)

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    A) Enter the password for this administrator account, and click/tap on Continue. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If prompted to Insert Media, you will need to insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive to continue. (see screenshot below)

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    7. If prompted, click/tap on the Windows 10 installation that you want to refresh. (see screenshot below)

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    8. Click/tap on Reset to begin. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Refreshing Windows 10 will now start. This will take a while to finish, and your PC will restart a few times during the process. (see screenshots below)

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    10. When finished, sign in to Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

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    11. Each user that signs in for the first time after the refresh will go through first startup again before seeing their desktop. (see screenshots below)

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    Refresh Windows 10 OPTION TWO Refresh Windows 10
    To Refresh Windows 10 from Settings in Windows 10

    Note   Note
    You will not be able to refresh Windows from Settings if you have User Account Control (UAC) set to always notify you about system changes.


    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to open Recovery in Settings.

    2. Open Settings, click/tap on the Update & recovery icon, and go to step step 4 below.

    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Recovery icon, click/tap on the If you're having problems with your PC, go to Settings and try resetting it link, and go to step step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on Recovery on the left side, and click/tap on the Get started button on the right side under Reset this PC. (see screenshot below)

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    5. If prompted to Insert Media, you will need to insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive to continue. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If prompted it Could not find the recovery environment, then you will need to insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive and use Option One instead. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Click/tap on Keep my files. (see screenshot below)

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    8. If you have any apps that will be removed, then review the list, and click/tap on Next when ready. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Click/tap on Reset to begin. (see screenshot below)

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    10. Refreshing Windows 10 will now start. This will take a while to finish, and your PC will restart a few times during the process. (see screenshots below)

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    11. When finished, sign in to Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

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    12. Each user that signs in for the first time after the refresh will go through first startup again before seeing their desktop. (see screenshots below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Jul 2014
    Belo Horizonte
    Posts : 716
    Windows 10 Build 14267
       2015-02-09 #1

    Excellent guide. I liked the detailed description, especially the picture content !

    Thanks !

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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,504
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       2015-02-09 #2

    Thank you Vladimir. I'm glad you like it.
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  3. Joined : Feb 2014
    Scottsdale, AZ USA, 85254
    Posts : 316
    windows 10
       2015-02-09 #3

    Great job of describing things step by step Shawn!; But; as I mentioned before; I had to revert back to 7 because 10 wouldnt accept my administrator account password for some reason so i had to revert back to 7. And that i think is one of the "bugs" that still exist in this tech preview. So I think just to be safe; until Microsoft releases its final and hopefully polished product; Im just gonna stick with 7.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,504
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       2015-02-09 #4

    Hello Matt,

    It didn't have my Microsoft account listed as an available administrator account in step 4 of Option One, so I enabled the built-in Administrator account and created a password for it as a workaround. The built-in "Administrator" account was listed when I tried again.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 2,014
    Windows 7
       2015-02-09 #5

    I just refreshed a Windows 8.1 PC of a friend. That was similar but not exactly the same. I lost all installed programs in the process but the 8.1 settings remained. It was a vanilla installation though. Don't know what would happen if you had done a lot of tweaking.
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  6. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Tech. Preview
       2015-03-11 #6

    Will this work with a dual boot pc that has windows 7 and windows 10? Will it leave the installation of 7 alone while refreshing 10?
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,504
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       2015-03-11 #7

    Hello bmetelsky,

    It sure will. A reset will only affect the Windows 10 installation.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 107
    Windows 10
       2015-05-25 #8

    Refresh your PC - this option no longer exist (see screenshot below).

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    If you select the Reset this PC option (see screenshot below).

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    Recovery Drive - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    The Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive option is not available by default since there are not any OEM Windows 10 PCs with factory recovery partitions available for now.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,504
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       2015-05-25 #9

    Thank you Genet. The tutorial has been updated.
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