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    Windows 10 Home - Version 1803 - Build 17134.112
       08 Mar 2018 #1

    Problem with power plans not showing at all


    Hi. Had a bad computer day and did a windows 10 reset. After the reset and some updates, when I go to control panel/system and security/power options, I see this:

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    It does not show the balanced/recommended plan I'm on and should normally show. If I click on create a power plan, it then shows this:

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    And if I try and create a plan it shows this:

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    I ran an sfc scan and also did dism restore health and no problems found or fixed. Also did power trouble shooting.

    I then tried to do a windows 10 repair install twice with media creation tool but I believe it did not complete correctly because the first time I had secure boot enabled and the second time windows may not have been fully updated. In both cases near the end the final part looked different then what Brink's tutorial showed. it looked like the usual update instead of an upgrade with the big circle.

    So I'm considering now doing a repair install a third time with secure boot disabled and now laptop updated to v1709 16299.251. I'm hoping that will work.

    I'm wondering though, before I spend another hour or two doing this, is there another simpler fix I could try?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by tomseys; 08 Mar 2018 at 05:18.
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  2.    08 Mar 2018 #2

    Hi, at this point you might want to try
    - checking your disk
    - clean installing Win 10
    Clean Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
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       08 Mar 2018 #3

    Yeah I ended up doing a clean install with the media creation tool. Now it's the way it should be thanks.
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  4.    08 Mar 2018 #4

    Good- so no hardware issues hopefully.

    Now consolidate what you have by creating a base disk image (e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + external storage for disk image sets).
    Image all the partitions comprising Windows (it's a built in option).
    Then keep your image set up to date by periodically creating a differential image (smaller, faster).

    Then if sthg goes wrong- even a disk failure- you can recover to a previous working state without doing a clean install.
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       08 Mar 2018 #5

    Yup that is what I'm going to do. Thank you.
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       10 Mar 2018 #6

    Quick question: What is the difference between downloading the Windows 10 media putting on flash drive and booting into and installing it versus using the media creation to do an in place upgrade which can also act to repair Windows 10 with all personal files settings removed?

    The first one is a truly clean installation right? What is happening with the other one?
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  7.    10 Mar 2018 #7

    Your second scenario is sometimes called an "in-place repair upgrade" or an "upgrade repair install." It's described in this excellent TenForums tutorial: Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade. Basically, it replaces the OS files, rebuilds the registry, and restores some (but not all) preferences and settings to their defaults, but leaves already-installed applications and all user files on the %Homedrive% volume (usually C: on most Windows installs).
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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       10 Mar 2018 #8

    EdTittel said: View Post
    but leaves already-installed applications and all user files on the %Homedrive% volume (usually C: on most Windows installs).
    HTH,
    --Ed--
    Thanks Ed. When you do an upgrade/repair install with the media creation tool, and choose to not keep any personal files or settings at all, remove everything, does it still retain some settings/applications that are unique to repaired OS as you describe and that are different than what a clean install would do?

    I'm asking because I did this upgrade tossing everything and when I go to install a few up to date or specific drivers after, it states they are already on machine and would I like to overwrite etc but according to device manager the version of driver there is different so it is not the same.. unless it somewhere else... how does it know of it? It doesn't always give this message so it doesn't seem to be doing it in some general way because i have a version of the driver installed.
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  •    10 Mar 2018 #9

    AFAIK, drivers do get replaced when you perform an in-place upgrade install. Why do I say this? Because you can look in the Reliability History for your PC on the day when the upgrade install occurred, and see for yourself that ALL of the DRIVERS get installed. Here's a representative snippet thereof:

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    As you can see, there's a huge honkin' list of drivers on what is "Day 1" for that most recent install on my production PC, on which I apparently made such an install on February 22, 2018. It may therefore just be the case that Windows Update has gotten "smarter" about recognizing and finding drivers for your PC.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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       10 Mar 2018 #10

    Thanks again Ed.

    Last question - do you think one is better than the other in terms of eliminating any possible problems with an OS by means of reinstalling it - the repair/upgrade versus clean install from flash drive? Do they basically have the same effect or would clean install be better?
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