How to use 'Refresh Windows' to do a clean install of Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a reset feature similar to Windows 8. A system reset essentially gives you a fresh Windows installation, although in Windows 10 you have the option to keep your personal files.

To reset your computer from within Windows 10, press Windows + I to launch the Settings app, head to Update & security.

In this window, on the left side, find Recovery.

Under Reset this PC go ahead and click Get Started.

You’ll now be prompted with two options. Keep my files and Remove everything. Click on the one you want to do, in this case, I’ll be keeping my files.

If you want a clean install and remove everything, you’ll need to have your Windows Media plugged in and go ahead and let it do a full wipe and reinstall of Windows 10.

Your PC will now get things ready, it’s working on what you will need to reinstall via the internet or CD .

Windows is now loading the list of applications you’ll need to reinstall.

 Once it’s done, I will now prompt you with what will be removed, take a note of this, I’ve forgotten to install apps countless times before.


Once Windows is done doing its thing, you’ll now be prompted to “RESET”. This is death trigger time, once you’ve pressed this button there is no going back, so please make sure you have everything you need.

Refreshing a Windows 10 might take around 15 minutes or more depending on the speed of computer.

After your Windows 10 is refreshed, it should be as fast and reliable as a brand new machine.