Windows 10: I want to do a system reset, but the on-screen warning is unclear.

  1.    31 Jul 2015 #1

    I want to do a system reset, but the on-screen warning is unclear.


    Hello,

    Today I have installed the free Window 10 Home Edition x64 and in the systems screen it is listed as "Windows is activated." However, I intend to perform a system reset because my system has been acting odd ever since it went through the update. The update process itself went fine without any errors. But now there are very long start up times, programs refuse to start up, errors. I've spend a near 5 five hours going through every option until I decided to do the reset.

    The only trouble I have is that a warning screen shows up before I can do the reset and delete all my files. This is the Google Translate of it:

    This PC has recently been upgraded to Windows 10. If you reset the computer, the upgrade can not be undone and put back the previous version of Windows.

    But if I were to be literal in what it states in my language, it's more like this:

    This PC has recently been upgraded to Windows 10. If you reset the computer, the upgrade cannot be undone and the previous version of Windows will be put back.

    Is it safe for me to do a system reset without removing Windows 10?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 5,101
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.483
       31 Jul 2015 #2

    I suggest you download and create the ISO then burn a DVD or create a flash drive the boot it to do a Clean Install.

    Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums

    Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 57
    WinXp; Win7 Pro; Win10 Pro
       31 Jul 2015 #3

    TheDonutCometh said: View Post
    <snip>
    This PC has recently been upgraded to Windows 10. If you reset the computer, the upgrade can not be undone and put back the previous version of Windows.
    <snip>
    This IS the accurate statement, and this is what they mean exactly:

    When you did the Windows 10 free upgrade, it saved your old OS things in backup folders on your hard drive. For up to 30 days from the time you upgraded to Windows 10 you may undo the upgrade and restore back to your original OS.

    However, if you "reset the computer" this means doing a fresh install of Windows 10 which many people want. That would wipe out your saved prior OS stuff and thus you can never go back to your prior OS. Thus the upgrade cannot be undone.

    The confusion here is reset is not the same as restore.

    Reset means to wipe everything out and create a clean installation.

    Restore means to move back to your prior OS.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    31 Jul 2015 #4

    Thanks for the answers! I did the reset and it's running a lot smoother now, and no more programs failing to activate.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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