A reader recently did a refresh of her Windows 10 PC. While you can keep personal files like documents and folders, all apps that are not part of the Windows operating system will be removed and need to be reinstalled.

She was curious to know which apps needed to be reinstalled.  She writes: “These are the apps that were removed when I reset my windows 10 as instructed,could you tell me what I have to have from this list? I have installed my  virus and a few of the others but not a lot of them.”
Apps removed while refreshing your PC:
App name    Publisher    Version
7-Zip 15.14 (x64 edition)    Igor Pavlov    15.14.00.0
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC    Adobe Systems Incorporated    15.010.20060
Adobe Flash Player 21 NPAPI    Adobe Systems Incorporated    21.0.0.182
AMD Install Manager    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.    5.00
AMD Quick Stream    AppEx Networks    4.0.0.0
Avast Free Antivirus    AVAST Software    11.1.2253
Bonjour    Apple Inc.    3.0.0.10
Canon MX320 series MP Drivers
Citrix Online Launcher    Citrix    1.0.258
Coupon Printer for Windows    Coupons.com Incorporated    5.0.1.7
CyberLink LabelPrint    CyberLink Corp.    2.5.5.6805
CyberLink Media Suite 10    CyberLink Corp.    10.0.5.3103
CyberLink Power2Go 8    CyberLink Corp.    8.0.5.3215
CyberLink PowerDVD 12    CyberLink Corp.    12.0.2.3212
Energy Star    Hewlett-Packard Company    1.0.9
Google Chrome    Google Inc.    49.0.2623.87
HP Documentation    Hewlett-Packard    1.1.0.0
HP Registration Service    Hewlett-Packard    1.2.7127.4628
HP SimplePass    Hewlett-Packard    8.00.51
HP Support Assistant    Hewlett-Packard Company    8.2.8.25
HP Support Solutions Framework    Hewlett-Packard Company    12.2.8.17
Microsoft Office    Microsoft Corporation    15.0.4454.1510
Microsoft Silverlight    Microsoft Corporation    5.1.41212.0
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition [ENU]    Microsoft Corporation    3.1.0000
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable    Microsoft Corporation    8.0.61001
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64)    Microsoft Corporation    8.0.56336
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64)    Microsoft Corporation    8.0.61000
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x64 9.0.30729.17    Microsoft Corporation    9.0.30729
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x64 9.0.30729.6161    Microsoft Corporation    9.0.30729.6161
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x86 9.0.30729.17    Microsoft Corporation    9.0.30729
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x86 9.0.30729.4148    Microsoft Corporation    9.0.30729.4148
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x86 9.0.30729.6161    Microsoft Corporation    9.0.30729.6161
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable – 10.0.40219    Microsoft Corporation    10.0.40219
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable – 10.0.40219    Microsoft Corporation    10.0.40219
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x64) – 11.0.50727    Microsoft Corporation    11.0.50727.1
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x64) – 11.0.61030    Microsoft Corporation    11.0.61030.0
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x86) – 11.0.50727    Microsoft Corporation    11.0.50727.1
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x86) – 11.0.61030    Microsoft Corporation    11.0.61030.0
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x64) – 12.0.30501    Microsoft Corporation    12.0.30501.0
Picasa 3    Google, Inc.    3.9.140.248
Pinger    Pinger Inc.    1.1.1.2
PlaysTV    Plays.tv, LLC    1.8.11-r110387-release
QuickTime 7    Apple Inc.    7.79.80.95
Raptr    Raptr, Inc    5.0.3-r110001-release
Realtek Card Reader    Realtek Semiconductor Corp.    6.2.9200.30164
WildTangent Games    WildTangent    1.0.4.0
Windows Live Essentials    Microsoft Corporation    16.4.3528.0331

That’s a heck of a list!  I agree that reinstalling your security software is a great first move. Let’s look over the list. If you use a card reader, I’d probably suggest reinstalling the software for the Realtek card reader and drivers for other devices that you use. You’ll probably want Adobe Reader for PDFs. Adobe Flash may be needed for some websites, but it can be a security risk. You could just wait until a website asks for it to download.  You may want to consider Windows Live Essentials, which has Movie Maker, Live Mail and other programs. But the support life is ending for these programs, so it might be time to consider an alternative.

Other than that, you can probably just wait until you miss something. Most PCs come overloaded with bloatware that tends to slow things down. In fact, if you’ve purchased a new Windows 10 PC, I suggest doing a factory reset as soon as you get it home to remove all of the extra stuff. Click here to learn more about doing a refresh.

~ Cynthia