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Some products might not be available in your country or region.
If you're having trouble with your Surface, you may be able to restore or reset it to solve the problem.
Should you restore or reset your Surface?
If your Surface isn't running as quickly or reliably as it used to, try one of these recovery options. The following table can help you decide which one to use.
|Your Surface isn’t working well and you want to upgrade to the most recent version of Windows 10 while keeping all of your files and installed drivers.||Fresh start|
One of the following is true:
|Reset your Surface|
|You want to reinstall your previous operating system.||Go back to your previous version of Windows|
|Windows won't start and you have a recovery drive.||Use a recovery drive to reinstall Windows|
Fresh start is a Windows feature that installs the most recent version of Windows. Fresh start retains all of your personal files and some Windows settings. Fresh start also keeps any drivers that you installed.
Fresh start will remove all applications, including Microsoft Office and third-party anti-virus software, that do not come standard with Windows. A “Removed Apps” file will be created on the desktop, to inform you of any apps that were removed.
Press and hold (or right-click) Start , and select Windows Defender Security Center.
Select Device performance & health.
Under Fresh start, select Additional info.