Fresh Start Unavailable in Windows 10 Version 2004 Is a Feature, Not really a Bug

A few days ago, some discovered hard way that one of the features they used is no longer available in Windows 10 May 2020 Update, or Windows 10 version 2004, for any reason why was pretty impossible to figure out.

Fresh Start, that allows users to reinstall the OS and begin from scratch without losing their files, is really a feature that has until now been offered via Windows Security.

Even though after installing Windows 10 version 2004 the feature remains, different can be said about the “Get Started” button that for some reason is missing in action. Many believed Microsoft actually broke down the whole thing, but based on the company this is exactly how things are said to be.

And it’s all because Fresh Start is just available on Windows 10 version 1909 and earlier, as with Windows 10 version 2004 this selection has been moved to the Reset this PC Settings page where it obviously will work better.

New home for New beginning

Certainly, this change isn’t surprising because putting New beginning in the Settings app is something the company must have done in the beginning, but the odd thing is the fact that Microsoft didn’t announce the whole thing before shipping Windows 10 version 2004. Plus, Fresh Start is still there in Windows Security but with no Begin button and without any indication that the feature continues to be gone to live in Settings.

Microsoft never presented the official announcement on this change, but rather it silently updated a support document detailing New beginning on June 16 to explain how users can begin from scratch in Windows 10 version 2004.

“Fresh start is available for Windows 10 versions just before 2004. For version 2004 after, Fresh start functionality continues to be moved to Reset this PC. To reset your PC, go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Reset this PC > Begin. Then select Keep my files, choose cloud or local, change your settings, and set Restore preinstalled apps? to No,” Microsoft says in a new note spotted by TechDows.

So there you go, New beginning no more obtainable in Windows 10 version is really a feature, not a bug and you may still utilize it if you know where to look.