Microsoft launches free new Windows 10 tool to scrub PCs of ‘bloatware’

Microsoft launches free new Windows 10 tool to scrub PCs of ‘bloatware’

In a blog post published this week, Microsoft said that it is rolling out a free new tool for Windows 10 OS, to eliminate the ‘bloatware’ – or ‘crapware’ – which PC manufacturers pre-install on their new computers.

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 tool -- to scrub PCs of ‘bloatware’ -- is called Refresh Windows. It has to be downloaded from the Microsoft website; and, currently, it works only on the Windows 10 preview builds which the company has seeded to participants of the Insider program.

The new Refresh Windows tool will apparently be usable by owners of Windows systems upgraded to the Anniversary Update, version 1607, which is scheduled for shipping in July.

At present, the Refresh Windows tool can be downloaded through a link which has been embedded in a long message on Microsoft's support forum. The message shows up in Edge when a new link is clicked in the Settings panel under the ‘Recovery’ option of the ‘Update & Security’ item.

About the new Refresh Windows tool for Windows 10, a Microsoft employee identified only as ‘Jason’ has revealed in the message on Microsoft’s support forum the refresh eliminates almost all non-Microsoft applications which are bundled or already installed on Windows 10.