Windows 10 'Reset this PC' versus reinstall

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    Russell Smith
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    What are your experiences using the ‘Reset this PC’ feature in Windows 10? While it’s useful and provides a simplified way for users to reinstall Windows, I have found that it doesn’t always fix critical problems. At least if you choose to keep personal files. If you have the option, I would advise to reinstall Windows using the Media Creation Tool or by downloading the ISO.

    There are also some differences if you choose to ‘keep personal files’. Reset appears to keep personal settings, like known WIFI networks. Reinstalling Windows doesn’t. I wish Microsoft would detail the exact differences between a reset and reinstall.

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    wullieb1
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    #617685

    I’ve always preferred a re-install as opposed to a repair.

    In my experience it just seems easier to work on than the potential for the hangups when repairing a system.

    I agree that not knowing the full differences that are done between them both can be problematic.

    Russell Smith
    Russell Smith
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    #623678

    It’ll be interesting to see if the option to download Windows from the cloud will make the Reset PC feature any more reliable than it is now. At present, it generates an image from the current Windows files. What if those files are corrupt? Does it simply refuse to perform a reset? There are lots of unanswered questions about how it works.

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    wullieb1
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    #623686

    This is where there should be some validation done and if needed download only the required files that are corrupt?

    Russell Smith
    Russell Smith
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    #623740

    I would hope that is the case. But I haven’t seen any detailed documentation to confirm it.

    Russell Smith
    Russell Smith
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    #623876

    Here is a fairly good technical overview of how Reset this PC works:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/how-push-button-reset-features-work

    Plus additional info on the new cloud download feature:
    https://insider.windows.com/en-us/articles/optimize-windows-10-pc-reset-using-the-cloud/

    I have a write up on Petri coming soon that simplifies this information and brings it together in one place.

    Russell Smith
    Russell Smith
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    #624309

    Here’s the write up on Reset this PC: https://www.petri.com/how-does-windows-10-reset-this-pc-work

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