What will happen if I restore Windows?


  1. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Education 64-bit
       #1

    What will happen if I restore Windows?


    I am currently having problems with my laptop and would like to restore the laptop completely to the state it was when it was new. I understand you can restore Windows in the settings at the Update & Security tab, but what I would like to know is what will happen if I restore Windows with the option to delete all my personal files, apps, and settings? The reason why I am cautious and want to ask experienced users before doing anything is that this Windows that is currently installed on my laptop was installed by a university, and I do not have the installation cd or license key. Will I be needing the installation cd or license key when restoring Windows?
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  2. Posts : 17,347
    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    You won't need installation media or product key if you use the restore feature built into Windows.
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  3. Posts : 35,424
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #3

    Hi, you have various options.
    Reset Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    - gives details of the options.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade | Windows 10 Tutorials
    - this keeps almost everything except it renews the Windows build (as an older version of the same major build)
    You may wish to consider this very useful repair option - depends on your problems.

    Factory reset:
    - uses the partition created by the manufacturer to restore your PC to as built - if available.
    This may mean you restore to Win 7, 8 or whatever your PC came with originally.

    Note that having installed Win 10, you can freely clean install it (same basic product) as many times as you like- activation should be automatic. No license needed.

    All iso's can be freely downloaded so you can create bootable media for installation or repair.

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    You can often avoid the more dramatic of these by using disk imaging routinely as I've so often recommended - and most here use it. E.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + external storage.
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  4. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Education 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #4

    dalchina said:
    Hi, you have various options.
    Reset Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    - gives details of the options.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade | Windows 10 Tutorials
    - this keeps almost everything except it renews the Windows build (as an older version of the same major build)
    You may wish to consider this very useful repair option - depends on your problems.

    Factory reset:
    - uses the partition created by the manufacturer to restore your PC to as built - if available.
    This may mean you restore to Win 7, 8 or whatever your PC came with originally.

    Note that having installed Win 10, you can freely clean install it (same basic product) as many times as you like- activation should be automatic. No license needed.

    All iso's can be freely downloaded so you can create bootable media for installation or repair.

    =============
    You can often avoid the more dramatic of these by using disk imaging routinely as I've so often recommended - and most here use it. E.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + external storage.
    NavyLCDR said:
    You won't need installation media or product key if you use the restore feature built into Windows.
    Thanks for helping, but one question. I went into Update & Security tab and in the Activation tab it says that my Windows activation is a Digital License, will restoring Windows with the built in feature still work without any problems even though its a digital license?
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  5. Posts : 17,347
    Windows 11 Pro
       #5

    Yes. And you can also use Showkey Plus from this forum (software section) to show the product key that it is activated with.
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  6. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Education 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thank you very much NavyLCDR and dalchina :)
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  7. Posts : 35,424
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #7

    You're welcome, and credit Brink for the tutorials
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