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    How to Refresh Windows 10
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    How to Refresh Windows 10

    information   Information
    If you're having problems with Windows 10 on your PC, you can try to refresh, reset, or restore it. Refreshing your PC fixes software problems by reinstalling the OS while preserving the user data, user accounts, and important settings. All other preinstalled customizations are restored to their factory state. In Windows 10, this feature no longer preserves user-acquired Windows apps.

    A refresh will only affect the partition that Windows 10 is installed on.

    For more information, see: Push-button reset (Windows Drivers)

    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
    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 choose “Reset This PC” in Windows 10 Insider preview build 14257 under Settings > Update & Security > Recovery (OPTION TWO) – your PC will be in an unusable state. There is no workaround if your PC gets into this state and you will need to reinstall Windows. This issue will be fixed in the next build. You can still rollback to the previous build if for some reason this build doesn’t work out for you. This bug also existed in Build 14251 so please avoid resetting your PC on these builds.


    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.    09 Feb 2015 #1
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Belo Horizonte
    Posts : 716
    Windows 10 Build 14267

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

    Thanks !

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  2.    09 Feb 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 12,073
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14342

    Thank you Vladimir. I'm glad you like it.
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  3.    09 Feb 2015 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Scottsdale, AZ USA, 85254
    Posts : 313
    windows 10

    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.    09 Feb 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14342

    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.    09 Feb 2015 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    Windows 7

    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.    11 Mar 2015 #6
    Join Date : Mar 2015
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    Windows 10 Tech. Preview

    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.    11 Mar 2015 #7
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14342

    Hello bmetelsky,

    It sure will. A reset will only affect the Windows 10 installation.
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  8.    25 May 2015 #8
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 107
    Windows 10

    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.    25 May 2015 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14342

    Thank you Genet. The tutorial has been updated.
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