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How to Refresh Windows 10?

If your Windows 10 laptop or desktop PC hangs, freezes, crashes, gets struck, or if it is just running slowly, you should refresh your Windows 10 PC using the refresh feature available in Windows 10 and make it work fast like if it is a fresh Windows 10 install.

If you have installed Windows 10 on your computer and you are experiencing problems with it and you don't know the cause of the problem, then you should refresh your Windows 10 PC.

A new PC or a computer with a freshly installed Windows 10 or any other operating system might seem to get slower over time if you install a number of softwares, antivirus and antispyware programs, and load it with large amounts of data downloaded from the Internet. It may be a nice idea to refresh Windows 10 laptops or desktop PCs if you think it is not responsive and fast like when it was new.

Note: If you are thinking to purchase a new laptop, you might want to buy Windows 10 Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241.

In this guide, we will show you how to refresh Windows 10 in steps with screenshots.

Let's look at the steps to refresh Windows 10

1) To refresh your Windows 10 PC, you first need to go to the Recovery section inside PC settings. To go to the Recovery section, you can search for refresh in the search tool available in the Start menu, then click on "Refresh your PC without affecting your files" in the search results as shown below.

Refresh Windows 10 without affecting your files

2) Now, inside the Recovery section in Windows 10, you will see the screen as shown below. Click on the Get started button just below the heading "Refresh your PC without affecting  your files" to start refreshing your Windows 10 PC.

Click Get started to start refreshing Windows 10 PC

3) Windows 10 will now show you what will happen when you refresh your PC. When you refresh your Windows 10 computer, the following things happen.

Things which will be removed after refreshing from your Windows 10 PC

  • All the applications or softwares which you installed from CDs/DVDs or from the Internet such as third party PDF reader softwares or image editing programs will be removed.
  • Your PC settings will be changed back to their defaults.

Things which will not be removed and will be kept after refreshing your Windows 10 computer

  • Your personal files such as music, videos, photos, documents, etc. and personalization settings will not be changed or removed.
  • Apps which come with Windows 10 and the apps installed from the Windows store will not be removed.

In addition to the above things, a list of removed apps will be saved on your desktop.

Click Next.

Click Next - How to refresh Windows 10

4) Now, make sure your Windows 10 laptop or desktop is plugged to the power supply and is not running on battery. Click Refresh and wait for a few minutes while your Windows 10 PC is being refreshed.

Click Refresh to refresh your Windows 10 computer

Refreshing a Windows 10 PC might take around 15 minutes or more depending on the speed of the computer.

Refreshing Windows 10 PC

After your Windows 10 laptop or desktop PC is refreshed, it should be fast, responsive, and performant as a new computer.

Note: You might want to buy Windows 10 Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241, if you are planning for a new laptop.