Using the Windows 10 factory reset cloud option

Using the Windows 10 factory reset cloud option

Remember when you had to reset a Windows computer from a CD or DVD? Windows 10 adds a partition with a reset image so you don’t have to track anything. However, what if it gets corrupted? From personal experience, this happens. Thankfully, the May 2020 Windows Update introduced a new reset option – the Windows 10 factory reset cloud option.

Reset from the cloud

Before the May 2020 update, you had to do a local reinstallation. This uses the hidden partition on your computer. Of course, if you’ve created a separate backup image to reinstall from, you can do that as well.

However, things do happen and that partition with a clean copy of Windows 10 is not always safe. A virus can easily corrupt it or something can go wrong with a Windows update. You don’t realize there’s a problem until it’s too late.

By adding a cloud option, you can download a new copy of Windows 10 for your device. It’s not a hack to get Windows 10 for free if you don’t already have it. Instead, Microsoft will see that Windows 10 is currently installed.

Preparing

Before doing anything, back up your files, if possible. While Windows 10’s cloud factory reset option lets you keep your files, it doesn’t always go smoothly. It’s always best to have a backup just in case. Of course, this is not possible if you erase everything and start over anyway.

Also, the reset process will take longer than usual. This is because you need to download about four gigabytes to replace your current copy of Windows 10. The exact time depends on your internet connection.

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Make sure you have a reliable connection during this process to avoid any issues or further corruption. Also make sure that you have at least four gigabytes of free space for the download.

Reset Windows 10

Using the Windows 10 factory reset cloud option seems like a familiar process if you’ve ever had to reset Windows 10. However, there is a new option to choose from.

Go to Settings and select “Update & Security”.

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Select Recovery on the left and press the “Start” button under “Reset this PC” on the right.

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Then choose whether you want to keep your files or delete everything. Remember, if you choose to delete everything, all your files and apps are deleted. If you need to back up your files first, tap Cancel.

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Then choose how to reset your computer. To use the Windows 10 factory reset cloud option, choose “Download to cloud”.

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Tap Next to confirm that you want to continue uploading to the cloud.

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Finally, check your settings and tap on Reset.

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It may take a while for everything to finish. Keep your computer on and plugged in during this time. It will turn on and off on its own during the reset process.

When the lock screen appears, you are done. If an app could not be reinstalled for some reason, you will see a Deleted Applications file on your desktop. Open it to see what you might need to manually reinstall.

Unless your reset partition got corrupted, it’s always easier to reset it from your computer. It’s faster and you don’t have to worry about connection issues. But use the cloud as a backup option if that part of your hard drive gets corrupted.

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Cloud option missing

If you don’t see the Windows 10 factory reset cloud option, you will need to update Windows with the May 2020 update. Go to “Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update”. Download the latest updates. You should see the 2004 version as an available update. It must be installed before you can use cloud reset.

If you are unable to update, you will need to download Windows 10 again. Microsoft has a tool to guide you through the process. Microsoft also provides guidelines on how to make sure your license matches the new copy

Cortana is no longer a system app in the May 2020 Microsoft update. If you don’t need Cortana, find out how you can uninstall it from your system.

Image Credit: Open the Start menu (Windows 10 operating system) on an Asus laptop. by DepositPhotos

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