Windows 10 reset/refresh


  1. Posts : 120
    Vista, Win 7, Win 8.1, Win 10 TP
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    Windows 10 reset/refresh


    Hi there. I am thinking about resetting Windows 10. (Got too much clutter). Brink had an excellent tutorial on how to accomplish that. What is still unclear to me, is that it talks about inserting Install Media, which makes sense. However, my Windows 10 installation was one of those free upgrades from Windows 8.1. So how do I go about, since it was a download? Do I first create an esd-to-iso? And what about re-activation? Thanks in advance for your help.
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  2. Posts : 17,356
    Windows 11 Pro
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    The easiest method to create the installation media is to use the Media Creation Tool - but it will mean another 3.5 - 5 GB download.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/9...-download.html

    If at any time the install/reset asks you to enter a product key, skip it. Do NOT enter any product keys! If your upgrade was properly activated, the clean install/reset will activate itself without a product key.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html
    Last edited by Brink; 16 Aug 2015 at 21:06. Reason: updated link for more info
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  3. Posts : 120
    Vista, Win 7, Win 8.1, Win 10 TP
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thank you, NavyLCDR. That answers my question.
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  4. Posts : 120
    Vista, Win 7, Win 8.1, Win 10 TP
    Thread Starter
       #4

    I did the reset and it went well in itself. When the system restarted after the operation, the system was caught in a loop of error 'BOOT_DEVICE_INACCESSIBLE'. Some people had come up with a solution about switching SATA mode from AHCI to IDE. But that didn't help me. I finally reinstalled Win 10 with a disk from a download. No more error/BSOD. It was ready within 45 minutes or so. And it activated automatically, as expected. Thanks again, NavyLCDR.
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