Windows 10 comes with a couple of features built into the operating system that lets you easily install a fresh clean copy of Windows 10 to remove OEM clutter or to simply reset your current installation to resolve ongoing system issues.
I previously shared with you details about the Refresh Tool for Windows 10, which downloads clean install media for your Windows 10 system, then installs a clean copy of Windows 10 without the extra OEM software and settings overlays — you know, things that can clutter up a Windows system straight out of the box.
This week, I want to tell you about the other option that comes in Windows 10 called Reset this PC.
This option is similar to the Refresh Tool, except it uses the installation media provided by your device manufacturer, which is normally stored on a recovery partition on your system, and it will also contain all of those OEM programs and other helper tools that are typical on most OEM systems. Call it clutter, bloatware, or junk but it is integrated into the recovery media so it gets reinstalled each and every time you reset your system back to its original out of the box state when you bought it.
While I will always recommend the Refresh Tool to get the cleanest version of Windows 10 on your system, the Reset this PC does have its own benefits such as being a quicker process since no download is necessary and install media preparation is also not needed to get started. If your system was purchased from Microsoft under their Signature Edition PC program or it was from a different company who also does not add all the extra bloatware to their devices, then Reset this PC is the fastest option by far to return to a clean state and also keep your files intact.