Why does Windows 10 install bloatware

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The "Reset PC" function in Windows 10 resets the PC to the factory default settings, including the bloatware supplied by your PC manufacturer. But the new "Fresh Start" feature in Windows 10 Creators Update makes it a lot easier to get a clean Windows system.

This has always been possible by downloading Windows 10 installation media and reinstalling it on a PC. But Microsoft's new tool makes a full Windows reinstall possible to simplify a completely clean Windows system.

This is how it works

The "Reset this PC" function resets your PC to the factory settings. If you installed Windows yourself, it means you have a clean Windows system. But you probably didn't install Windows yourself. Like most people, you've probably bought a PC that came with Windows, plus some extra bloatware.

In this case, resetting your PC will revert to the original state, which includes all of the manufacturer's software installed on your PC. From annoying bloatware to useful software drivers, everything will come back. You either have to live with this junk or spend time uninstalling it.

To get rid of the bloatware for a clean, new Microsoft Windows 10 system, you had to previously download Windows 10 installation media, a USB drive or DVD, and then reinstall Windows 10 yourself. Windows' new "Fresh Start" feature makes this process much easier and allows normal PC users to completely reinstall Windows with a few clicks.

Even Windows geeks who often reinstall Windows on each new computer can save some time with the "Fresh Start" feature. Just follow the instructions to quickly and easily reinstall Windows 10 on a new PC.

What's happening?

  1. Open the Start menu and find the Windows Defender Security Center application.
  2. Go to Device Performance & click the Get Started button and follow the instructions to reinstall Windows.
  3. The disadvantage is that you will lose all manufacturer-installed software on your PC. Sure, most of this is junk, but some of the important things like drivers and software can probably be downloaded from your PC manufacturer's website. If you need a utility later, you can probably just download that particular tool.

But if there's something you can't get online - or if that bloatware has a useful deal in it - then you should make sure you get some necessary license keys or registrations before doing so. For example, there are plenty of new Dells out there with 20GB of free Dropbox space, which is a pretty good deal.

You should also be given other product keys for existing software that you want to keep. If you are using iTunes, the first thing you should do is turn off the iTunes feature on your computer. After completing this process, you will need to reinstall iTunes and authorize it. If you have a product key for Microsoft Office, you need to make sure that you use that product key to install Office later. If you're using Office 365, you can then download and install Office again. The same goes for any other application that needs a key or authorization.

Finally, while Windows promises to keep your personal files as part of this process, it's always a good idea to have a backup of all important files on your PC in case something goes wrong.

How to get a restart on Creators Update

The "Fresh Start" function is part of the Windows Defender interface. Open your Start menu and launch the Windows Defender Security Center application.

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Click the Device Performance & Health option in the sidebar, then click the Additional Information link under Restart.

You can also go to Settings> Update & Security> Recovery and click the "Learn how to restart from a clean installation of Windows" link to access this screen.

This window explains exactly what will happen. Windows 10 will be reinstalled and updated to the latest version. You will keep your personal files and some Windows settings, but all of your desktop applications - including the applications that came with your PC and the applications you installed - will be removed. While Windows promises to keep your personal files, it's always a good idea to back up your files anyway.

Click the Get Started button when you're ready to start. You must agree to a User Account Control to continue.

Windows warns you that the process could take 20 minutes or more depending on how fast your PC is. Click "Next" to begin.

The tool gives you a list of all the desktop applications that it will uninstall. This list is also saved in a text file on your PC's desktop so that you can see which apps you had previously installed.

When you're done, click the "Start" button to begin the process. Not that you can't use your PC while Windows is reinstalling itself. So make sure you are ready.

After the process is complete, you will receive a new Windows 10 installation. Run Windows Update - it should run automatically anyway - and hopefully your computer should download any hardware drivers it needs. If not, visit the driver download page for your computer on the manufacturer's website and download any drivers and other software you need.

How to install Windows without bloatware on the Anniversary Update

An earlier version of this feature is also available for the anniversary update. You can still reinstall Windows and get rid of bloatware even if you haven't upgraded to the Creators Update. However, Microsoft recommends the Restart tool in Creators Update as the better option.

First open the "Settings" app in the start menu. Go to Update & Security> Recovery. Scroll down and click or tap the “Learn more about restarting with a clean installation of Windows” link under Additional recovery options.

This link will take you to the "Start from scratch with a clean installation of Windows 10" page on Microsoft's website. The page contains more information about the process.

Click the "Download Tool now" button at the bottom of the page to download the Refresh Windows Tool.

Run the downloaded "RefreshWindowsTool.exe" file and agree to the Microsoft license. After you do that, you will see the "Please restart your PC" window.

Select "Keep Personal Files Only" and Windows will keep your personal files or select "Nothing" and Windows will delete everything. Either way, all of your installed programs will be removed and your settings will be reset.

Click "Start" and the tool will automatically download the Windows 10 installation files, which are about 3GB in size. Then the installation process begins and you get a new Windows 10 system - with no manufacturer bloatware.


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