Microsoft’s Refresh Windows tool leaked, isn’t exactly what you expect


Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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A few weeks ago, rumors claimed Microsoft was currently working on a new tool that would make cleanly installing Windows 10 a lot easier. Now, this tool has been leaked and users can start downloading it from the official Microsoft website.

Microsoft named the tool Refresh Windows and with it, you will be able to download Windows 10 on your computer and perform a clean install. However, this can already be done thanks to Media Creation Tool, also created by Microsoft. Unfortunately, this new tool doesn’t allow you to use your ISO file, which is quite strange.

To make things even stranger, this tool doesn’t seem to work on Windows 10 Threshold 2, but instead on the latest Insider Preview builds of Windows 10. Microsoft hasn’t yet officially announced the tool, which means that the company is most likely still working on improving it before releasing it to Windows Insiders.

All in all, this tool is quite useless as Insiders already have the Media Creation Tool. In other words, Microsoft will surely add more features to it because otherwise, its existence won’t make any sense.

As always, Microsoft asks users to offer detailed feedback about this tool, so that it can bring the best possible improvements, as the Program Manager on the Windows Insider Engineering team, Jason stated on Microsoft’s forum when he introduced the tool:

Final testing and validation is underway and we will want your feedback once it is ready to go!  Stay tuned for additional information as we work through the finishing touches.

Have you tried the “Refresh Windows” tool on your computer? Tell us your thoughts about it!

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