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Microsoft wages war on 'crapware' with new Windows 10 tool

Gregg Keizer | June 20, 2016
Downloads and installs clean copy of OS; scrubs all software not bundled with 10.

For that reason, it may appeal to a wider audience of Windows 10 users.

Although Refresh Windows will be applauded by customers who have complained about crapware, it's likely that Microsoft's hardware partners, who pre-load that content on their devices in a bid for additional revenue, won't see it as a friendly move. In that way, it's reminiscent of the adversarial strategy Microsoft has taken at times, such as when it introduced its own Surface line, or by promoting its "Signature" portfolio of PCs, which are billed as free of bloatware.

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The Refresh Windows tool lets Windows 10 users install a recent, pristine copy of the operating system on their PC, eliminating all applications -- including pre-loaded 'crapware' -- but retaining the personal files already on the drive.

 

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