Windows 10: Reformatting Windows 10

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  1.    15 Feb 2018 #1

    Reformatting Windows 10


    Hey guys, i tried googling this but couldn't find any solid answers.

    I want to reformat my computer, usually i do the old school boot from windows 10 through cd or usb, format the hardrives and reinstall windows that way.

    I discovered however Windows 10 has a reset/format option of its own in settings > recovery.

    Does this do the same thing or rather have the same desired effect, cleaning my computer so that it has absolutely nothing and installs a fresh Windows 10, whilst still keeping my windows activation?

    Thanks =)
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       15 Feb 2018 #2

    Yes.
    Settings > Update & Security > left side, Recovery > right side, under Reset this PC > Get Started........
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  3.    17 Feb 2018 #3

    davidhk said: View Post
    Yes.
    Settings > Update & Security > left side, Recovery > right side, under Reset this PC > Get Started........
    Does it work if i'm also offline?
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  4.    17 Feb 2018 #4

    Vellaura said: View Post
    Does it work if i'm also offline?
    Yes but (not certain) it might not activate until you go online.
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  5. davidhk's Avatar
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       17 Feb 2018 #5

    Vellaura said: View Post
    Does it work if i'm also offline?
    Yes, because you are "resetting" the OS (Windows 10) which is already in the system.
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  6.    17 Feb 2018 #6

    Confirmation on whether activation works offline?

    edit: oh until i go online, i hate when widows installs drivers on its own, which is why i wana do offline, put my drivers in then go online.
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  7.    17 Feb 2018 #7

    I still use and prefer the clean format install from a usb stick.
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  8.    17 Feb 2018 #8

    swarfega said: View Post
    I still use and prefer the clean format install from a usb stick.
    Don't you lose your activation key that way?
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  9. Kari's Avatar
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       17 Feb 2018 #9

    swarfega said: View Post
    I still use and prefer the clean format install from a usb stick.
    Same here, simply because resetting Windows 10 can (and will) take an hour or more whereas a clean install takes 15 minutes or so. The result is the same, a clean Windows 10.

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  10.    17 Feb 2018 #10

    No, if you use skip activation, Windows will automatically re-activate on connection to the internet.
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