Doing Windows update vs. installing new Windows version ?

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  1. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
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    Doing Windows update vs. installing new Windows version ?


    Recently I built Windows 10 PC, installed Windows 10 vers 1909, and installed drivers from the disc supplied with the mobo. That’s it. I got side tracked with other things & never installed any apps.

    Should I do a Windows update or download & installed vers 2004 of Windows 10?

    Doing an update I wouldn’t have to re-install the drives, but may have to deal with possible update glitches, I don’t know.

    I just saw this.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...ws10startfresh

    Clicking on the “Download Tool Now” brings up “RefreshWindowsTool.exe”.
    What is the “RefreshWindowsTool”? It appears to be Windows 10, but Windows 10 lets you create a USB installation thumb drive.
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  2. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
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    Windows 10 2004 currently has several issues -

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...indows-10-2004

    We have decided to stick with 1909 until the list gets a little shorter.
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  3. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
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    OldNavyGuy said:
    Windows 10 2004 currently has several issues -

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...indows-10-2004

    We have decided to stick with 1909 until the list gets a little shorter.
    Thanks for the information.

    Maybe I'll have some apps installed by the time MS gets the issues worked out & will just do an update.

    But what the heck is the “RefreshWindowsTool”?
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  4. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
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    Mike100 said:
    But what the heck is the “RefreshWindowsTool”?
    It's an older tool for re-installing Windows.

    If you look at the section Using the tool in the article you linked to, it tells you what it does.

    It used to give you the option to keep your personal data...now it just wipes the drive and clean installs Windows.

    You now have the "reset" function, which does give you that option.

    Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Reset this PC

    When you select the option to keep apps and personal data, it has the same result as doing a repair install using an in-place upgrade.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
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  5. Posts : 4,585
    Windows 10 Pro
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    Stay with 1909, it works great. Install 2004 in 5 or 6 months.
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  6. Posts : 39,972
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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    Refreshing windows allows maintaining files and installs a fresh Windows operating system.
    See this tutorial:
    Refresh Windows 10
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  7. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
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    AddRAM said:
    Stay with 1909, it works great. Install 2004 in 5 or 6 months.
    What's the best way to shut off updates?

    I've read that you can't shut off updates forever & that Windows will eventually do an update. For now I used the Group Policy editor & disabled updates. Is that OK or is there a better way?
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  8. Posts : 4,585
    Windows 10 Pro
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    I wouldn`t shut off updates, but you can set windows not to do a Feature update (that would be 2004) for 365 days.

    Go to Settings>Update & Security>Advanced Options>Scroll down to where it says "Choose when Feature updates are installed" and set it to 365 days.

    That is the only thing I would change, leave everything else the way it is.
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  9. Posts : 56,064
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
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    Don't try to bypass the Security Updates that come out on Patch Tuesday. Everything else can be paused. Non-security Cumulative Updates and Feature Updates are Optional, so not really anything to block.

    Sure, there has been, and will be glitches even in Security Updates, that's life. But If you have a decent working system image backup in place, that's your safety net. We preach backups all over Tenforums; single most important thing you can do.
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  10. Posts : 4,585
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