Windows 10: Question about Windows 10 Reset Feature

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  1.    30 Aug 2015 #1

    Question about Windows 10 Reset Feature


    I was wondering...if i say, bought a new toshiba laptop (for example) with windows 10 pre-installed on it by toshiba,
    and then let is say i used the windows 10 "reset" feature and had it do a totally clean re-install without saving anything,
    well what would the result be?

    Would i have a clean fresh copy of windows 10 WITH all the original toshiba added "crapware" (lol)
    Or, would i have a PURE copy of windows 10 without that stuff on it (you know, as if i had purchased a copy of windows 10 and installed it which of course would not have any toshiba related stuff the laptop came with).

    I was just curious....so that i will know when i buy my next toshiba laptop with 10 already installed on it...
    (I am currently using one that is a few years old which is both upgraded and then clean installed 10 on, and that of course does have a pure windows 10 install now)....

    Thanks
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  2.    30 Aug 2015 #2

    Pretty sure that Resetting is pretty much the same thing as doing a factory restore. So, yes all the bloatware will still be there. I would think you can just make a Windows 10 disc and do a clean install yourself. Microsoft should still activate it.
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  3. Posts : 1,563
    Windows 10 Pro x64 RS 10586.586
       30 Aug 2015 #3

    You get what you buy! After a reset you have a "clean" fresh copy of windows 10 WITH all the original toshiba added "crapware" . It`s only a factory reset.
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  4.    30 Aug 2015 #4

    ChrisRTech said: View Post
    I would think you can just make a Windows 10 disc and do a clean install yourself. Microsoft should still activate it.
    I think this would be the way forward, although I'd make sure I had a backup first.
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  5.    30 Aug 2015 #5

    Thanks for the input guys...I would also make a set of toshiba install discs first of course (always like to have a back up as David mentioned)....

    How would you make a windows 10 disc that would give you a clean install on a new windows 10 computer?
    And do you mean you would be able to activate using the key assigned to the toshiba installed image?
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  6.    30 Aug 2015 #6

    I don't know that a reinstall from a downloaded Win10 would actually activate. What you have currently is an OEM version of Win10. What you will be downloading will not be an OEM version. I've been told that, starting with Win8, the versions (OEM vs. Retail) don't matter and you can install a Retail version on an OEM machine and it will still activate with the OEM info -- presumably because the product key is embedded in the hardware. But -- I don't know this to be true (the activation part).

    If I were you, I would wait for someone to reply to your thread with confirmation that installing a retail version over OEM will still activate without problems.
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  7.    30 Aug 2015 #7

    You have a Windows 10 sticker on your Toshiba? You can use that for a clean install. OEM just means that license is only good for that PC and if the hardware changed you would need a new license. All you are doing by making your own disc is avoiding the crap that the manufacturer put on it. All that matters is that you are installing the same version, which in your case is probably the HOME version. If it is a Pro by some chance then you want to install that. The Windows Activation server SHOULD already have registered your device and you shouldn't need to add a product key.

    As far as how to make the disc, you need to download the Windows 10 Media Creator. It will download an ISO for you that you can burn to disc or even make a bootable USB out of.
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  8.    30 Aug 2015 #8

    Thanks Chris...i didn't buy the new windows 10 laptop as of yet....may even wait for a few months when they run sales and you get more bang for the buck, as it were...

    Appreciate you letting me know how one would make the windows 10 disc to do a clean install (without the toshiba stuff)...i find from my old laptop which has the upgraded and then clean installed version, that it's very nice to have a CLEAN and PURE windows install

    I forgot that since windows 8 installed hardware came out, that the license key is actually recorded into the computer's bios and that once the device has been initially registered (when you first set up the computer) that the microsoft servers already recognize the hardware and no product key needs to be used...a very nice change, for sure...
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  9. Posts : 4,999
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       30 Aug 2015 #9

    1. Do an image backup of the entire drive, all partitions.
    2. Do the Reset.

    My belief is you will end up with with the equivalent of a Clean Install. This article says the same: How to Clean Install Windows 10

    If not, restore the image or do the Clean Install.
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  10.    30 Aug 2015 #10

    Ztruker said: View Post
    1. Do an image backup of the entire drive, all partitions.
    2. Do the Reset.

    My belief is you will end up with with the equivalent of a Clean Install. This article says the same: How to Clean Install Windows 10

    If not, restore the image or do the Clean Install.
    If the OEM puts their software into a custom Provisioning Package, then the software will be re-installed by a Reset. So it may not be the same as a Clean Install.
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