You can reinstall Windows 10 from the Recovery section inside the PC settings and make your Windows 10 laptop or desktop fast, responsive, and work like a new computer. Windows 10 can be reinstalled in a number of ways, for example, by using the refresh or factory reset features available in the Windows 10 PC settings or by performing a clean installation of Windows 10 from USB drive, CD/DVD, or from recovery media.
If you have installed Windows 10 on your computer and having problems with it, for example, it freezes, chrashes, hangs, locks up, or is running slow, and you don't know the cause of the problem then you might want to reinstall Windows 10 on your PC.
Before reinstalling Windows 10 on your PC using any of the methods such as refresh, reset, or clean install using USB drive or recovery disc, you should know about these methods and what are the differences between them.
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Reinstalling Windows 10 by Refreshing
Refreshing Windows 10 reinstalls Windows 10, changes the PC settings to their defaults, and removes applications which were installed from sources other than the Windows store. Refreshing Windows 10 keeps your personalization settings, apps from Windows store, and personal files such as photos, videos, music, documents, etc. intact. If you want to just reinstall Windows 10 and keep your files, you should use the refresh option. You can see how to reinstall Windows 10 using the refresh feature.
Reinstalling Windows 10 using Factory Reset
The factory reset feature of Windows 10 is slightly different from the refresh feature. Unlike refreshing, factory resetting your Windows 10 PC removes your personal files and apps in addition to reinstalling Windows 10 and changing the PC settings to their defaults. While restoring Windows 10 to factory settings, you can choose to reset and delete files from only that partition on which Windows 10 is installed or from all the partitions on the hard drive of your computer.
If you want to restore Windows 10 to factory settings, you can see how to factory reset Windows 10.
Reinstalling Windows 10 by Performing a Clean Install
You can reinstall Windows 10 on your computer by installing it from a USB flash drive or form a CD/DVD. This method of reinstalling Windows 10 requires an installation media such as a bootable USB drive, a Windows 10 installation disc, or Windows 10 recovery disc. By Installing Windows 10 from a bootable media you can perform a clean install of Windows 10 on your computer.
If you want to install Windows 10 from a USB drive, you can see our detailed guide on how to install Windows 10 from USB drive.
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