Clean Up PC — A New Reset feature in Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows 10 gives you two reset options namely “Keep my files” (“Refresh”) and “Remove everything” (also known as “Reset”).

Now, the Windows 10 Creators Update Preview Build 14986 seems to have introduced a third system reset option named “Clean up and update this PC”. And the corresponding GUI option for this feature may be added in the upcoming builds or in the Windows 10 Creators Update (final) which is due for release in March 2017.

Note that this new “Cleanup” feature may be incomplete or still in development, and that’s probably why Microsoft didn’t add the option to the “Reset My PC” Settings user interface. If you wish to test this feature, it’s a good idea to do it in a virtual machine environment, or after creating a full image backup.

For now, the “Clean up and update this PC” option can only be invoked by running the following command-line, either from the Run dialog or Command Prompt:

systemreset -cleanpc

The “Clean Up” dialog says it does the following things:

  • Remove all apps and programs installed on the system.
  • Change settings back to their defaults.
  • Update your PC to the latest version of Windows without removing your personal files.

This new and hidden feature was first discovered by Inside Windows.

Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft’s consumer products. He has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional [MVP], for 10 years in a row from 2003 to 2012 for his contribution in various Windows support forums.

Originally published at on December 15, 2016.