Using Fresh Start feature in Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10

There is now a new way to refresh Windows 10, and it is called Fresh Start! Fresh Start in Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10 v1703 will let you easily reinstall your Windows 10 operating system without removing your data & personal files, and some settings. Some Windows Store apps could, however, get removed.

Fresh Start in Windows Defender Security Center

You will find this feature in Settings > Update & security > Recovery tab. Here under More recovery options, you will see a blue Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows link.

Click on it and you will see the following message.

Click Yes and the Open Windows Defender Security Center will open to the Fresh Start page.

Refresh & reinstall Windows 10

Fresh Start in Windows 10

Says the description:

Start fresh with a clean and up-to-date installation of Windows. Start fresh by reinstalling and updating Windows. This will keep your personal files and some Windows settings and remove most of your apps, including Microsoft Office, third-party anti-virus software, and desktop apps that came pre-installed on your device.

So in short, you will get a freshly installed up-to-date operating system without any software or crapware installed and your data intact!

Before you begin, you must ensure that you have access to all the reinstallation media, setup files, license keys and login passwords where required. You may need them to reinstall your software and activate them. Also note that there is a possibility that you may lose your digital licenses, content or other entitlements.

Once you are ready, click on the Get started to initiate the process.

Incidentally, you can also access the Fresh Start page, by typing Windows Defender Security Center to open it and then clicking on the Device performance & health section. Now under Fresh start, you will see a link in blue Additional info. Click on it to reach the desired page.

This feature is quite useful if you find your Windows 10 behaving erratically and you feel that there are major OS corruption issues that cannot be solved. So making a Fresh Start by using this feature would be the way to go forward.

If you have used this feature, please do not forget to share your feedback here for the benefit of others.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.