How to reinstall Windows 10 using Reset this PC option in Windows 10 2004 update?

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Here is how you can reinstall Windows 10 using Reset this PC option in Windows 10 2004 update?

Microsoft recently launched Windows 10 May 2020 aka 2004 update with lots of amazing features and changes. The update though had multiple issues after launching but is now quite stable. One of the amazing features that we saw earlier reduces Google chrome usage using segment heap memory. Experiments with per-machine opting-in to the segment heap for chrome.exe suggests that this could save hundreds of MB in the browser and Network Service utility processes, among others, on some machines.

Some users that are still affected by the update can do a Windows fresh install using Reset this PC option. After installing Windows 10 updates, third-party apps, drivers, or antivirus software, it is not uncommon for your PC/Laptop to start performing poorly. To help with this, Microsoft offers a variety of refresh options that allow you to execute a factory reset or Windows fresh Install.

The top one is ‘Reset this PC,’ which is available in all versions of Windows 10. Another option is ‘Fresh Start,’ which allows you to reinstall Windows while removing bloatware and crapware loaded on your system by the device manufacturer.

However, after the latest update by Microsoft, Windows 10 May 2020 aka 2004 update, the company has introduced a new feature cloud rest.

Reset this PC now offers a cloud reset feature that downloads the latest version of Windows 10 from Microsoft’s servers and uses that version for the reinstall. It is a great way to upgrade to the newest feature update while performing a reinstall of Windows 10. Windows 10 2004 has also merged the removal of preinstalled manufacturer programs from the ‘Fresh Start’ feature into the ‘Reset this PC’ feature. This means that Fresh Start is no longer officially available, though there are ways around that in the May 2020 Update.

How to reinstall Windows 10/Windows fresh install using a local reset?

The local reset option allows you to reset Windows 10 to its default state using the already installed recovery image. With the Local reset option, you can keep your files or remove everything. When performing a reset of your PC with this method, the same version of Windows 10 will be reinstalled.

To reset your PC back to factory settings using a local recovery image, following these steps:

  1. Go to Settings Update & Security > Recovery. Under Reset this PC, click on Get started.
  2. When Reset this PC opens, select the ‘Keep my Files‘ option, to retain your data during the reinstall, or ‘Remove Everything.’
  3. You will now be presented with an option asking how you would like to reinstall Windows 10. At this screen, click on the ‘Local reinstall‘ option.
  4. You will now be asked to confirm your selection. Please review the selected options and click on the Next button.
  5. You will now be prompted to reinstall preinstalled applications. As this is a refresh of your existing install, and not a clean install, at the Restore preinstalled apps prompt, select Yes and then press Next.
  6. You will now be shown a final screen asking you to confirm your final selections. When ready, click on the Reset button.
  7. Windows will now use the current version of Windows 10 that is already installed to reinstall the operating system. This process may take some time, so please be patient.
  8. You will be prompted to reboot the computer to finish the installation.
  9. Done!!! the same version of Windows 10 will be reinstalled on the computer, and your data will be left intact. Any pre-installed manufacturer applications will also be installed.

How to reinstall Windows 10 using a cloud reset

Starting with May 2020 Update, Windows 10 allows you to use a new feature called ‘Cloud Download’ that will download the latest version of Windows 10 from Microsoft’s servers and use that to reinstall the operating system.

Using this method provides an easy way to perform a clean install of Windows 10 while upgrading to the latest version at the same time. It should be noted that using a cloud reset requires between 3 – 4GB of free storage space to download the new version of Windows 10. To reset your PC back to factory settings using a fresh image from the cloud, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings Update & Security > Recovery. Under Reset this PC, click on Get started.
  2. When Reset this PC opens, select the ‘Keep my Files‘ option, to retain your data during the reinstall, or ‘Remove Everything.’
  3. You will now be presented with an option asking how you would like to reinstall Windows 10. At this screen, click on the ‘Cloud download‘ option.
  4. You will now be asked to confirm your selection. Please review the selected options and click on the Next button.
  5. You will now be prompted to reinstall preinstalled applications. As this is a refresh of your existing install, and not a clean install, at the Restore preinstalled apps prompt, select Yes and then press Next.
  6. You will now be shown a final screen asking you to confirm your final selections. When ready, click on the Reset button.
  7. The required files will now be downloaded, and Windows 10 will be reinstalled. This process may take a while, so please be patient.
  8. You will be prompted to reboot the computer to finish the installation.
  9. Done!!! the latest version of Windows 10 will be reinstalled on the computer, and your data will be left intact. Any pre-installed manufacturer applications will also be installed.

This is how you can reinstall Windows 10 using Reset this PC option in Windows 10 2004 update. If you find any difficulties while performing these steps, kindly mention in the comment section below. We will try to solve your issue ASAP!! To stay updated on Tech and Cybersecurity news subscribe to our newsletter from here

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