Windows has never run out of flaws, in the same manner, it never stops improving its troubleshooting options for users. The refresh and reset options are added to Windows as an essential part of troubleshooting the operating system.
Let me explain the two options in a bit. The Refresh option reinstalls the operating system core files and removes desktop apps but retains your files (e.g. docs, photos and music) and personalization settings. Reset will essentially wipe your computer and reinstall Windows 10. Reset option deletes everything like a clean installed Windows.
Now if you want to refresh Windows 10, here’s how you do it.
Difficulty level: Easy
How to refresh Windows 10
- Go to Settings, Update & security, and Recovery.
- Select ‘Get started’ below Reset this PC.
- Insert your installation media and follow the instructions.
- Select ‘Keep my files’ when the option appears.
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- Go to Settings, Update & security and Recovery.
- Select Restart now below Advanced start-up.
- Select Troubleshoot after a system reboot.
- Then select Reset this PC and then Keep my files. Enter your account and/or password if prompted. Even though you are selecting reset and not refresh, the Keep my files selection is essentially refresh.
- Follow the instructions to refresh from your installation media.