Officially. Windows 10 clean installs just got a lot simpler with the Refresh Windows Tool that Microsoft has announced after the software got leaked earlier this week.
Well, not exactly leaked, as it was available in plain sight and the company did not remove it.
Nevertheless, this program is for working for preview builds right now, and lets users clean install the operating system with just a few clicks. Perfect launch from Redmond in anticipation of the Anniversary Update next month.
The software titan officially introduced this tool with build 14367 that was released late yesterday.
This is what the company said in the announcement of the Refresh Windows Tool:
“We’ve heard from many of you that are attempting to perform a clean installation of Windows that it can sometimes be hard to get started. To help, we are providing a new tool that enables an easy and simple way to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows. This tool is now available from the Settings app for Windows Insiders using the latest builds that installs a clean copy of the most recent version of Windows10 and removes apps that were installed on your PC.”
So basically, this is perfect for those that want to give their PCs a fresh start, and users that both occasionally or regularly want to, or need to, perform a clean install of Windows 10.
Microsoft does warn that the tool will remove all applications that do not come with Windows, including, of course other Microsoft programs like Office. And this being a clean install, it will also remove OEM applications, support software and drivers.
And, just as a caution, this tool may also mess up the digital licenses you have on your device for content, media and applications.
But that all comes with the ventures of clean installs, so it’s nothing new.
You can find out more details about the Refresh Windows tool here.