Re­fresh, not re­in­stall

Windows Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 -

Many peo­ple see re­in­stalling Win­dows as the ul­ti­mate so­lu­tion to a prob­lem. While a fresh in­stall should – in most cases – fix prob­lems that aren’t caused by un­der­ly­ing hard­ware is­sues, they’re often overkill for less se­ri­ous ones, par­tic­u­larly if your com­puter ap­pears to be func­tion­ing per­fectly other than for a few mi­nor glitches.

Win­dows 8.1 pro­vided a handy ‘re­fresh’ op­tion, that en­abled you to re­in­stall Win­dows on top of it­self – it was the equiv­a­lent of a re­pair in­stall from ear­lier ver­sions of Win­dows. Pro­grams, set­tings and other non-Win­dows files were left in place, so while Win­dows re­placed its own files with back­ups from your sys­tem, ev­ery­thing else was – tech­ni­cally – un­af­fected.

Win­dows 10 re­moved this op­tion, but if you think a quick re­fresh is all your sys­tem needs, then down­load the lat­est ver­sion of the Me­dia Cre­ation Tool from www.mi­crosoft.com/ en-gb/soft­ware-down­load/ win­dows10. Launch it, ac­cept the li­cence agree­ment and then – when prompted – leave ‘Up­grade this PC now’ se­lected and click Next. Wait for the lat­est Win­dows in­stal­la­tion files to be down­loaded, along with any ad­di­tional up­dates. Fi­nally, check that ‘Keep per­sonal files and apps’ is se­lected be­fore you click In­stall.

The in­stal­la­tion process is iden­ti­cal to per­form­ing a full re­in­stall, but your apps and data will be left un­touched. Note it’s a lengthy process, so be pre­pared to wait an hour or more de­pend­ing on the speed and state of your PC.

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