Problems reinstalling windows keeping existing data Win10

  1. Posts : 84

    Problems reinstalling windows keeping existing data Win10

    I attempted to reinstall Windows with the option to keep the existing setup, but that choice didn't really work

    Here's what happened:

    A problem occurred during a Windows update, and I received an error message. Windows attempted to repair the problem, but was not successful.
    I had the option to use an earlier restore point, but that did not work.
    The final choice was to reinstall Windows, with or without keeping existing "stuff".
    I used the "with" choice, and windows was restored. I assumed I was also keeping existing programs but only one non-Microsoft app seemed to remain - IRFANVIEW. This program allows you make an image of the monitor screen and put the entire image or a portion on a Word document, or.......

    For example, Firefox, Norton Security, Eudora (my email client), Internet Explorer, Malwarebytes, and even Office were gone. Edge remained, but started as if I was a new user. C:>Program files, including x86 only contained Microsoft products. Desktop icons and most programs listed on the left side no longer worked.

    I thought I had clicked the wrong choice except files in the documents folder and IRFANVIEW remained, plus non-working desktop icons.

    Is the above the normal outcome?

    I don't need to recover my existing data as this is a backup drive, but need to know what to expect.

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  2. Posts : 18,453
    Windows 11 Pro

    Jim8080 said:
    I don't need to recover my existing data as this is a backup drive, but need to know what to expect.

    Use Macrium Reflect Free to save backup images of your drive and then you can expect to be able to restore the computer to the exact same condition it was in when the backup image was created. Using only the restore functions provided by Microsoft and you can't really rely upon anything getting restored properly.

    Unfortunately that is a lesson that is usually learned the hard way.
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  3. Posts : 43,435
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, perhaps the repair option that would have been more appropriate would have been an

    in-place upgrade repair install which keeps all programs, data and most settings.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade | Windows 10 TutorialsWindows 10 Help Forums

    For this you need
    - to be able to log in normally
    - a matching iso of the same base build.

    When you say 're-install' you clearly don't mean a clean install, which means removing anything existing and a new Windows installation creating new partitions-
    Clean Install Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Perhaps you are referring to
    Reset Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    - the various options are clearly laid out

    and as NavyLCDR says - use disk imaging routinely, starting as reasonably early as you can- i.e. before things go wrong.
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  4. Posts : 134
    windows 10

    Try to roll back/system restore,
    Reboot using OS CD/USB and choose repair your computer. Choose operating system > System restore or Roll back to previous version of windows
    If that doesn't work, Try a Parallal installation of windows.
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