Get a Fresh Start

By | May 15, 2017
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Get a Fresh Start – Windows 10 Creators Update (and newer)

Fresh start in Windows 10 Creators Update, is a great way to start off fresh with a brand new computer or start fresh with a Windows 10 computer that isn’t running very well.

Fresh start clean installs a clean fresh, updated copy of Windows 10 while saving your personal files and some of your settings. It’s a great way to start fresh with a new computer, or start fresh with any Windows 10 computer with Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) or newer installed.

Fresh start is a great way to rid a brand new computer of the pre-installed bloatware and trialware that manufacturers love to install on new computers as they try to squeeze out an extra buck or two… or Fresh start may be just the ticket to freshen up a Windows 10 computer that isn’t running very well.

Before we start, we recommend that you have good backup of all your personal files. While Microsoft says a Fresh start saves your personal files and some of your settings, it’s better to be extra safe than extra sorry. Also keep in mind, if you do a Fresh start on a computer you’ve been using for a while, you’ll all the programs and apps you have installed, will have to be reinstalled after Fresh start completes.

Fresh start is different than Windows 10 Reset. Windows 10 Reset resets your computer with all the pre-loaded manufacturer bloatware, trialware and pre-loaded Windows 10 apps.

Fresh start, saves your personal files and some of your settings, wipes out everything, installs a clean, updated copy of Windows and then returns your personal files and folders back to their previous locations.

With all that stuff out of the way… let us begin.

Fresh start is super easy to do.  Go to Settings > Update & security >”More recovery options” and click on “Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows.”:

When you click on “Learn how to start fresh…”, you’ll see this:


Now, all you need to do is click the “Get started” button and you’re on the way to a Fresh start.

REMEMBER – this is important:  Fresh start will wipe out wipe out all the manufacturer’s bloatware and trialware and preinstalled apps. However it will also wipe out any programs (antivirus, Office, etc.) you installed on the computer as well. Though Microsoft claims Fresh start will keep your personal files and some of your settings, we highly recommend that you have a good backup of all your personal files (pictures, music, documents, videos, movies, etc.). Fresh start really means a fresh start.

So, are you ready for a Fresh start?

11 thoughts on “Get a Fresh Start

  1. JOYCE CLARK

    If I do a get a fresh start on my windows 10 will it also wipe out my Emsisoft on desk top or Avast on my laptop?

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    1. infoave Post author

      Hi Joyce, as stated in the article, Fresh start saves your personal files (pictures, documents, music, videos) and removes everything else – that means all your programs. Then it installs a fresh copy of Windows and puts your files and folders back where they were. You will need to reinstall any program that does not come with Windows, that includes Chrome, Firefox, MS Office, Emsisoft, etc. You can reinstall Emsisoft and use the same license, you don’t lose time/days by doing this.

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    2. infoave Post author

      Fresh start saves your personal files – not programs. It wipes your hard drive and clean install Windows and puts your personal files back on your PC. You will have to reinstall your programs. Avast and Emsisoft are both programs. Your Emsisoft key is good until its expiration date, so when you reinstall Emsisoft, you can use your current key assuming their is time left on it.

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  2. Patricia Rybak

    I too am wondering about my Emisoft. I just renewed mine.

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    1. infoave Post author

      Hi Patricia. As stated in the article, Fresh start saves your personal files (pictures, documents, music, videos) and removes everything else – that means all your programs. Then it installs a fresh copy of Windows and puts your files and folders back where they were. You will need to reinstall any program that does not come with Windows, that includes Chrome, Firefox, MS Office, Emsisoft, etc. You can reinstall Emsisoft and use the same license, you don’t lose time/days by doing this.

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    2. infoave Post author

      Fresh start erases all programs and saves your personal files. Wipes the hard drive and clean installs Windows and puts your personal files back. You would need to reinstall Emsisoft, but you can use your current key.

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  3. Susan Poston

    Can I use 1 of my key numbers and have you guys do the fresh start for me? Also help me get my Emsisoft back running plus my Malwarebytes going again?
    Will this fresh start have Office in it? I have Office now.

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    1. infoave Post author

      Fresh start saves your personal files, erases everything, then clean installs Windows then puts your personal files back. Personal files don’t mean programs… personal files mean files like your pictures, documents, music, text files, bookmarks (if you saved them to a file), etc. Things like Emsisoft, Malwarebytes and Office are not personal files, they’re programs. Fresh start is not something be done unless you’re having severe computer problems. If you’re using Emsisoft, you don’t need Malwarebytes. If you wish to run Malwarebytes too, then you should ask Malwarebytes support for assistance if it’s not working. Are you having severe computer problems or just problems with some programs. We can set up a Fresh start for you, but as you can see from the article – it’s just a matter of 3 or 4 clicks. Once Fresh start begins, you’ll be offline until it completes.

      What would be helpful is to have us look at your PC and see if you really need to do a Fresh start at all or just need a few things fixed.

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  4. William Fleming

    Ever since windows did the update for the Creator, I have a graphic program that will not open , it opens and starts to run then hangs up and shuts off from loading. The program that will not open is: Corel Photoimpact x3 , it is a graphic program and I have been using for years it worked fine until last Friday when my computer did a update for windows 10 and it put the Creator on my computer, Can you help me get my program to open ??

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    1. infoave Post author

      You will need to contact Corel. Corel seems to have problems keeping some of their programs updated. I know that some of their PaintShop Pro versions are having problems.

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  5. Jean Vogt

    I have windows 10…how do I get the Creators Update? And do I want it?

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