Reinstalling Windows 10 gets easier with cloud installs

Reinstalling any operating system is a little annoying. It’s not something most of us do for fun, and it’s almost always a multi-step headache. Windows users will have an easier time of it in the near future, though, thanks to a feature in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build allowing users to reinstall Windows 10 via a cloud download.

Windows 10’s new cloud reinstall feature is located in the “Reset this PC” menu in the Recovery area of your Windows settings menu. It’ll reinstall the exact same build and version of Windows that you’re resetting from. That’s a nice feature for those of us who might be avoiding an update because of the way it messes with our particular hardware configurations.

Windows 10 Cloud Reinstall

If you were going to reinstall Windows previously, the options were less convenient. The “Reset this PC” feature previously used local files to re-build and reinstall windows, which doesn’t always work. The other option is to obtain a copy of Windows. You could get it on disc—a feature appearing less and less often on modern desktops—or go through the process of building a flash drive installation. With the convenience of cloud connectivity everywhere, even thumb drives are starting to seem a bit old school.

A Fresh Start

When using the feature, you’ll end up with a fresh Windows installation. The reinstall will wipe out all of your applications;  if you click “Remove Everything,” then the reinstall wipes your user data, too.

Microsoft says the feature was inspired by feedback from users stating that they’d prefer to just skip the extra media and just go straight from the download to the installation. With the increasing speed of and access to broadband connections, the feature makes sense.

It’s worth noting that Macs have had a feature like this for years, so you could view it as Windows catching up. Either way, the Windows 10 cloud reinstall feature is sure to help many of us get up and running that much faster after a big reinstall.

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I’d hope it would save and restore my application settings and data too. I’m tired of setting up my Start Menu, File Explorer toolbar, IE default search, cookies, passwords and a myraid other stuff and settings.

Thos is why I really like Vivaldi, Thunderbird, Firefox, Logitech Gaming Software etc; just move over their respective AppData folder and everything is right back where I left it.

Xaeus
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Xaeus

Local restore/repair options don’t work 90%+ of the times. Good luck in cloud.

psuedonymous
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Hopefully they don’t take a second leaf from Apple’s playbook and make an internet connection mandatory to re-install the OS. Yes, if you want to wipe and reset a modern Macbook, even if you have booted from the install image on a portable drive OS X will refuse/b> to install unless it can phone home to Apple.

Lovedeep Singh Parmar
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Lovedeep Singh Parmar

I had windows 7. I hacktivated it. Then got free windows 10 upgrade. Windows stated activated. Unless u install malicious software remover tool from microsoft. Windows 10 will stay activated. It wont loose licence.

My question is, if i reset my pc and do cloud install. Which says will be a fresh install. Will i need a genuine key to activate windows???? Or will the installation process keep the key. As i couldnt find any windows 10 activator online(without playing some virus infected games)

maxxcool
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maxxcool

/snort/ your asking how to maintain a cracked pirate copy of windows ?

Lovedeep Singh Parmar
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Lovedeep Singh Parmar

Yes. Coz i still dont have anything to crack windows 10

The lost cat
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The lost cat

If it actually gets the latest cumulative update right in the install process instead of making me download, install, then update I’d dig that.

Blyat
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Blyat

Never had the reset PC which is just working off the recovery partition fail. I’ve also never heard of it failing on anything other than a hard drive failure.

Krogoth
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Krogoth

Meh, a back-up image of a good installation is quicker and easier to implement.

Cloud installation would be much slower if you don’t have a fat internet connection.

Ifalna
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Ifalna

Sure an image can be applied in ~5 minutes and already contains installed programs, configurations etc. saving hours of manual work.
Windows DLs around 4 gigs of data for an image, that’s a pretty small package compared to 50Gig MMO installs. 😀

Spunjji
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Spunjji

You need to keep that image up-to-date, though – not a trivial task!

Ifalna
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Ifalna

As trivial as booting into the cloning program and letting it run for a few minutes.
Yes manual effort is required but it’s not as if it takes hours to do.

Spunjji
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Spunjji

I think there was a misunderstanding there – you’re describing a backup procedure, whereas I was thinking about ways to get back to a “clean” installation.

Your method definitely works best for disaster recovery 🙂

dragmor
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Just install Veeam and point it to a NAS or external HD.
https://www.veeam.com/windows-endpoint-server-backup-free.html

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