Windows 10: Does "Reset Windows" in Win10 kill settings & 3d party apps?

  1.    15 May 2016 #1

    Does "Reset Windows" in Win10 kill settings & 3d party apps?


    I have loads of valuable info/files/3d party apps on my Win10 Home ver. & I'm considering doing a reset of the OS to ensure I have a clean environment.

    However, I don't want to lose my 3d party apps & their data i.e. Adobe Lightroom's Catalog.

    So can anyone tell me definitively by experience if doing a Reset will affect only the OS, or will it impact my other stuff?

    tia, oldwolf
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  2. Posts : 11,801
    Windows 10 Pro
       15 May 2016 #2

    Reseting Windows 10 will remove all personalized settings, apps and installed software, and all your personal files. Refresing Windows 10 will keep your files but remove settings, apps and software.

    Tutorials:

    Kari
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  3.    15 May 2016 #3

    thanks Kari, & I'll check out those videos.

    btw, I have the free version of aoemi backup s/w; would it be possible to save my settings via a Restore Point, or would that be wiped as well? If it'll be wiped, where do Restore Points reside, so I can B/U those to an external drive along w/my files & folders w/aoemi?

    TIA, oldwolf
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  4. Posts : 3,033
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       15 May 2016 #4

    Restore points will be removed i believe on Refresh and definitely on a Reset. I do not think there is a way of saving restore points on another drive or backup software. Restore Points are saved in a hidden folder called System Volume Information.

    This program is good to use after you do your reset or refresh for system images and backups.
    Just redo settings if you do a reset.
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  5. Posts : 11,801
    Windows 10 Pro
       15 May 2016 #5

    oldwolf said: View Post
    thanks Kari, & I'll check out those videos.

    btw, I have the free version of aoemi backup s/w; would it be possible to save my settings via a Restore Point, or would that be wiped as well? If it'll be wiped, where do Restore Points reside, so I can B/U those to an external drive along w/my files & folders w/aoemi?

    TIA, oldwolf
    Moving or copying shadow copies / restore points is a classical Catch 22 situation: in order to be able to move or copy restore points you need first disable System Restore which deletes all restore points. That will not work.
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  6. Posts : 3,033
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       15 May 2016 #6

    I heard something about Restore Points being on the root of the drive. Happen to come across this from Seven Forums
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...s-folders.html
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  7. Posts : 11,801
    Windows 10 Pro
       15 May 2016 #7

    jds63 said: View Post
    I heard something about Restore Points being on the root of the drive. Happen to come across this from Seven Forums
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...s-folders.html
    The OP is not asking how to extract files from a restore point. The question is about backing them up and use on another installation. Therefore my reply:

    Moving or copying shadow copies / restore points is a classical Catch 22 situation: in order to be able to move or copy restore points you need first disable System Restore which deletes all restore points. That will not work.
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  8. Posts : 3,033
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       15 May 2016 #8

    Kari said: View Post
    The OP is not asking how to extract files from a restore point. The question is about backing them up and use on another installation. Therefore my reply:
    Yes, after reading it again i realized this, thank you. I would not worry about this part myself as long as my important files were backed up redoing settings is no big deal.
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  9.    15 May 2016 #9

    to all responding: I was thinking of using a Restore Point to preserve my Win10 settings onto my external HD & then b/u my files & folders & do the Reset & then restore; thanks to all for good pointers & very timely help.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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