Windows 10 Creators Update-The difference between Fresh start and Refresh Windows Tool

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Windows 10 Creators Update-The difference between Fresh start and Refresh Windows Tool

Fresh start vs.Refreshing Windows

Fresh start is a feature in Windows 10 Creators Update that helps you clean your device with performance issue or those unnecessary apps.

In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, customers can use the Refresh Windows feature, which had similar function.

Customer Fresh start (Windows 10 Creators Update) Refresh Windows Tool (Windows 10 Anniversary Update) Reset Option within Recovery Screen (PBR v2)
OS Always on the latest Windows (upgrades to the latest update).
Fresh Start requires PC to be connected to the Internet to install updates and upgrades.
Always on RS1 build without the latest updates. Restores the RTM state of the currently installed version of Windows.
Drivers All drivers are kept.(Only INF-based drivers are kept. Device applets installed outside of INF are discarded.) Only in-box drivers are kept. All drivers are kept.(Only INF-based drivers are kept. Device applets installed outside of INF are discarded.)
User data (pictures, documents, music, videos, desktop shortcuts) Always keeps user data. No option to remove user data. Options to keep user date or keep nothing. Options to keep user date or keep nothing.
Store apps(OEM-preinstalled) Provisioned Store apps (apps that came with the PC) are kept. Provisioned Store apps are not kept. Provisioned Store apps are kept.
Store apps(User-installed) All user-installed Store apps are discarded. All user-installed Store apps are discarded. All user-installed Store apps are discarded.
Desktop apps(OEM-preinstalled) All OEM preinstalled desktop apps are discarded. Makes Windows Defender the default antivirus. All OEM preinstalled desktop apps are discarded. Makes Windows Defender the default antivirus. All OEM preinstalled desktop apps are reverted to factory state.Kepps OEM preinstalled antivirus as the default.
Desktop apps(User-installed) All user-installed desktop apps are discarded. All user-installed desktop apps are discarded. All user-installed desktop apps are discarded.
Personalized Windows settings (Path: Settings>Accounts>Sync your settings) Personalized Windows settings are saved in cloud storage via Micosoft account. Personalized Windows settings are saved in cloud storage via Micosoft account. Personalized Windows settings are saved in cloud storage via Micosoft account.
Other settings Bluetooth pairing information is kept for Human Interface Device (HID) class devices (such as a Bluetooth headset)
Power settings are kept.

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