Reset Windows 10 Without Losing Apps & Programs

When a computer system encounters a problem, it is usually fixed by resetting it. But most of us wonder how to prevent losing all the data in this process. In the earlier versions of Windows, there is an option of Refresh Windows. You can refresh, reset, and restore your PC in case of technical issues.

Resetting Windows 10 Without Losing Apps is quite complex but not hard. Anyone can follow the steps, mentioned below and perform a factory reset Windows 10.

How to Reinstall or Reset Windows 10

When you refresh Windows, it reset the PC but allows you to keep your files safe. But the programs that were installed by you will get deleted for sure. However, the refresh option has been removed from Windows 10. So how to reset the Windows losing your apps & programs? Yes, there is a way for the same.

Here are three feasible methods that you may consider to reset your PC without losing apps & programs in the first place. Also, it saves you from reinstalling all the apps all over again. Let’s get started.

Method #1: Make a custom refresh image with all the programs

This custom refresh image allows you to reset all programs to the previous state. You can use it to reset Windows 10 once created. For creating a custom refresh image, you can use the DISM command from WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment).

The best part about this is that by the time more files added to the system, you can create an incremental backup image on the first recovery image. All you have to do is to enter WinRE in order to create a custom refresh image.

Method #2: Create a custom recovery image

There is a backup tool known as AOMEI Backupper Standard that can be used to create a recovery image backup. It will allow you to restore the system without losing apps & programs. Let’s have a look at some features of this tool.

  • It doesn’t consume much disk space which in turn makes it a feasible tool to use.
  • Possess medium to high compression level and incremental/differential backup feature.
  • It also allows you to set multiple scheduled backup tasks while Windows built-in tool only supports a single task.
  • Provides system backup as well as file/disk backup & partition backup.
  • It comes up with a concise interface.
  • Only four steps needed to create a system backup.

Here’s how you can create a system backup using this tool.

  • Firstly, download and install this tool on your system.

  • On the home screen, go to the Backup tab and select the System Backup option.
  • Select the destination location for the system backup. It could be NAS, external hard drive, network drive, etc.

  • Tap Schedule to configure the scheduled backup (if needed).
  • Then click Start Backup to begin the backup process.

Method #3: Run the Windows Setup.exe

You can do a repair upgrade by running the Windows Setup.exe within Windows 10. Follow the steps as given below to get started.

  • Download Windows 10 ISO file or use the installation disc for Windows.

  • At the root directory, find and run the Setup.exe from the Resources folder.
  • Then Windows 10 setup window will open up. From there you can choose whether to download updates or not. And then click Next.
  • On what needs your attention screen, click Change what to keep.
  • Then you will have three options, select the first one. Keep personal files, apps, and Windows settings.
  • Tap Next and install to the system refresh Windows 10.

You can easily reset Windows 10 without removing existing Apps and Software programs. If you have any doubt then you can comment below.

1 thought on “Reset Windows 10 Without Losing Apps & Programs”

  1. Witam.
    System się nie uruchamia, więc muszę wykorzystać tylko metodę 3. Mam dysk instalacyjny, w którym niema pliku Setup.exe w folderze Resources. Plik Setup.exe jest w katalogu głównym i w folderze Sources. Po uruchomieniu setup.exe z folderu Sources, otworzyło się okno konfiguracji systemu, następnie okno gdzie zaznaczyłem Uaktualnienie, w następnym oknie Zachowaj osobiste pliki, aplikacje i ustawienia systemu Windows i pokazał się komunikat, że tą operację można wykonać tylko przy działającym systemie windows.


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