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Posted on Dec 9, 2015 in PC Maintenance, Troubleshoot Windows | 1 comment

Reinstall Windows 10 using the Reset feature

In Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a new feature called Refresh. This feature is also present in Windows 10, but has inexplicably been renamed to “Reset”. Reset can reinstall Windows 10 with just a few clicks. You can choose to keep your current files and settings, in which case you will only need to reinstall any desktop software you use, or you can perform a complete reinstall and remove everything. Obviously, since this feature is available inside Windows, you will need to be able to start your existing operating system in order to use it. If you ever performed an in-place or upgrade re-installation of Windows 7 or earlier, you can think of Windows Refresh/Reset as being a more elegant replacement for that procedure.

Still running Windows 8? Click here for a tutorial on Refresh in Windows 8.

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Additional notes

Can’t find the Reset option? If you can’t find the Reset option under Update and Security/Recovery, then you’re not signed in with an administrator account. Sign out of your account and sign back in again with an account that has administrator privileges.

If you cannot start your PC to access the reset/refresh feature, you may need to perform a complete re-installation of Windows. We’ll cover how to do that in a later tutorial.

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  1. I need to learn windows 10. I am eighty years of age and finding it quite difficult picking up all my needs from the forest of information spread out on all pages. Please make it as simple as possible.

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