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Fresh Start Improves Windows 10 Computer Performance.

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Are you having performance issue with your Windows 10 computer? Well, you can resolve this issue easily by just performing a Fresh Start action on the computer.

In this article, I will not only explain what a Fresh Start in Windows 10 means, I will also teach you how to perform the Fresh Start action.

Read also: What Does it Mean to Run a Program as Administrator in Windows 10?

What is Fresh Start?

Fresh Start, otherwise known as PC Reset is a feature that when implemented will revert your computer to its earliest state. For it will reinstall Windows.

What this means is that, when you Reset your device, your computer will be as if you just unpacked it from the delivery box.

Your Files are Safe.

Well, during the reinstallation of Windows 10 into your computer, all third-party applications that is not part of the Windows 10 flagship will be removed.

But do not despair, your files and most of your Windows settings will still be intact.

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Difference Between Fresh Start & PC Reset in Windows 10

The only basic difference between the Fresh Start and the PC Reset feature in Windows 10 is the name.

Fresh Start was used to name the reinstallation process of Windows in the Windows 10 that was prior to 2004. After 2004, PC Reset is the name that is used.

Read also: How to Reset Your Windows 10 Password Without the Old One.

How to Perform a PC Reset of Windows 10?

  • Open Settings. Do this by either:
    Click on the Start icon, then on the Settings icon. Or
    Hit the Widows + I shortcut keys on your keyboard.
  • When the Settings app opens, click on Update & Security   
  • From the left pane of the Update & Security screen, select Recovery. In the right pane under the Reset this PCsection, click on Get Started.
  • Then, select Keep my files, choose cloud or local, change your settings, and set Restore preinstalled apps? to No

Recovering your Third-party Apps

As mentioned earlier, when you reset your Windows 10 computer all third-party apps that is installed either by you or by the manufacturer of your computer will be removed.

However, after the PC Reset finishes, there will be an icon on the desktop named Removed apps.
Double-clicking on this icon will show you all the apps and programs that Windows removed during the Reset process.

To restore any of those apps, you will need either the installation disc or file of the apps.
If it is a paid app, you will also need the license key from the developer in order to activate them.

Read also: How to Launch a Program Using Shortcut in Windows 10

A simpler alternative to PC Reset Feature in Windows 10

If you have an extra money, I will recommend that you get a new hard drive for your computer. Install Windows on it and use the old drive (that is the one you removed from your computer) as a backup drive.

This way, you are guaranteed of not losing anything. And if for any reason you want your computer system the way it was, all you need do is to switch the drive and you will be good.

Why Reset Your Computer in the First Place?

As you use your computer, there are temporary files, caches, logs and other things that build up over time. The caches, logs and files aren’t expected to be on your drive forever, but for some unexplainable reason, they are still there.

Their existence are majorly the causes of poor system performance, low battery life for laptops, longer shutdown and start up time and many other issues.

Resetting your computer is a one-stop solution to clearing these files, and getting your system back to the way it was when you first bought it.

However, you should know that while the PC Reset function will get your computer back to its earliest state, it is your usage habit that will keep it there.

So, if you are not yet ready to change your usage habit, then resetting your computer will just help in improving the system performance only for a short time.


Windows 10 flagship refers to all the programs and application that is bundled along with Windows 10. Examples are: File Explorer, Command Prompt, Microsoft Store and others.
Any other application that you have to manually install into your Windows 10 computer, even if it is developed by Microsoft is not part of the Windows 10 flagship.

Preinstalled apps refer to application that the manufacturer of your computer installed into your device. These applications are not part of the Windows 10 flagship, so if you really what to give your computer a fresh start, it will be good to set the Restore preinstalled apps option to No.

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