How to use Windows 10’s “Fresh Start” in May 2020 Update

How to use Windows 10's "Fresh Start" in May 2020 Update

The Windows 10 May 2020 update removes the “Fresh Start” feature that allows you to reinstall Windows while removing software that was installed by the factory on your laptop or desktop PC. This is no longer a part of the Windows Security application.

You will find Fresh Start integrated with the Windows 10 “Reset Your PC” feature. This is no longer called Fresh Start, and you must activate the special option to uninstall bloatware when resetting your PC to factory defaults.

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


Select “Save my files” to save personal files on your PC or “Delete all” to delete them. Either way, Windows will delete your installed applications and settings.

Warning: Make sure you back up your important files before clicking “Delete all.”


Next, select “Cloud download” to download the Windows 10 installation file from Microsoft or “Reinstall locally” to use the Windows installation file on your PC.

Cloud Download might actually be faster if you have a fast internet connection, but your PC must download several gigabytes of data. Local reinstall does not require a download, but may fail if your Windows installation is damaged.


On the Additional settings screen, click “Change settings.”


Set “Restore pre-installed application?” the option to “No.” With this option disabled, Windows will not automatically reinstall your PC manufacturer’s application with your PC.

Note: If “Restore pre-installed application?” The option is not here, your PC does not have pre-installed applications. This can happen if you install Windows on your PC yourself or if you previously uninstalled an application that was installed from your PC.


Click “Confirm” and continue through the Reset This PC process.


You will get a clean Windows installation without a factory-made application that messes up your system afterwards.

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