How to Reinstall Windows 10 without All the Bloatware?

Have you ever noticed that when you buy a brand new PC with Windows and all the miscellaneous complimentary tools and software preinstalled by the manufacturer, it does not seem to start up faster?

You expect it to be clean and speeding up your tasks. On the contrary, it works very slower than you expected. But if you purchase a system part by part, assemble, and then install the Windows yourself, the partaking situation is different. You get much speed up performance.

Strange—- right?

What’s the Catch?

Now I will tell you why it is so.

Usually, when PCs come preinstalled with Windows OS, let’s say Windows 10, it not only comes with the obvious operating system modules but is clogged with unnecessary preloaded programs, which are generally not asked for by the users.

This unnecessary burdensome software is called Bloatware. They take up a lot of hard drive storage and slow down your PC or laptop.

Every bloatware is not useless. Some are drivers, essential tools to work in the background, but they do certainly slow down your system.

That is one of the reasons Microsoft sells a line of what they call Signature PCs. These computers come free of third-party bloatware On average, signature PCs start up on 104% faster, 28 minutes of more battery life, and 35% faster shut down speed.

What is the Difference between Reinstalling Windows 10 with “Reset your PC” Feature and “Fresh Start” Feature?

Now coming to the real point of discussion, “Reset your PC” feature in Windows 10 restores your system to its default settings, plus the bloatware. On many occasions, users download Windows 10 installation media, create a bootable USB, reinstall Windows to get it unloaded with extra add on software. It is an extra hassle especially for beginners with techie pieces of stuff.

But, with the advent of Windows 10 creators update, the “Fresh Start” feature allows you to revert your PC to its default settings, excluding the bloatware. This feature usually remains unheralded, but it does exist.

Now in the pursuit of using the “Fresh Start” feature, if you lose the essential stuff including the spammy apps and manufacturer-installed garbage, you can, later on, reinstall the services from the manufacturer’s website. But still, it’s a tradeoff, and make sure you seriously want it before actually using the “Fresh Start” feature.

In this article, we will guide you to use the “Fresh Start” feature of Windows 10 Creator’s update to reinstall the OS.

Step-by-Step Method Description:

Step 1. Click on the “Start menu”. On the list of options that shoots up, click on “Windows Defender Security Center”.

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Step 2. On the next operating Window of Windows Defender Security, choose “Device Performance & Health”.

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Step 3. Now click the “Additional info” button at the bottom in the new operating screen. This explains what will follow here onwards. Your operating system will be reinstalled with the latest update. Important Windows settings and all your data will remain intact, but the desktop applications and tools (Bloatware) will all be removed.

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NOTE: Though Windows promises you to keep your personal information, and files safe, yet it is safer to keep a back up before you start implementing the feature.

Step 4. Click the “Get Started” button from the next Window that follows.

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Step 5. Click “Yes” to confirm your choice when the “User Account Control” prompt appears.

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Step 6. A new blue notification screen would come to sight. Here Windows will warn you that the process would take around 20 minutes. Click “Yes” to proceed.

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Step 7. Click “Next” one more time when the feature presents to you a list of all the applications that are going to be eradicated. Check if the programs that you will lose before you go for it.

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Step 8. For the last time, click “Start” on the final notification blue screen to initiate the reinstallation OS process.

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When the process completes, you can smoothly run your system which is free from all the garbage applications. If you need any program or driver in particular which has been removed in the process, download it manually from the Windows manufacturer website.


So you see, the method is not that difficult, in fact pretty easy.

Few things you need to keep in mind while performing the steps explained above- the Windows OS is already upgraded to Creator’s Update Version, otherwise, this feature “Fresh Start” will not appear; secondly, make sure to create a backup of your entire file system before reinstallation as a safety measure.

And last but not the least, seek expert advice in case you are stuck at some point. Don’t make a mess out of it.

Feel free to ask questions in the comment section. We will try to revert to you either via mail or with a relevant article update.

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