1.    07 Dec 2016 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2016
    Posts : 7
    Win 10

    reset pc vs clean install win10

    The reason I'm asking is because clicking the update and security in the windows settings brings up a page with different options where there is one for recovery. Clicking that recovery option opens another page with 3 options on the right - reset this pc; advanced start-up; and more recovery options.

    The first option Reset this PC has 2 options where you can choose to keep your files and settings or remove everything.

    The third option More recovery options where you can start afresh with a clean install of windows (this takes you to a Microsoft page where you download a tool to do the clean install.

    I'm wondering what is the difference between the reset this pc with removing everything and the Microsoft tool which does a clean install of Windows.

    This is for Windows 10.
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  2.    07 Dec 2016 #2
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 131
    windows 10

    Reset PC: Will reinstall windows using the same Recovery image which was created when windows 10 was installed first time of computer. fixes most of the common OS issue and doesn't require internet connection to work

    Clean Install :- Here you are downloading latest windows installation files from Microsoft, Burning them on a USB and using them to reinstall windows.

    In Both scenarios you will loss all the programs installed on computer.
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  3.    08 Dec 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 930
    Windows 10 Home

    Reset PC: Will reinstall windows using the same Recovery image which was created when windows 10 was installed first time of computer. fixes most of the common OS issue and doesn't require internet connection to work

    You are confusing Reset and Recover. Reset will install the last known working copy of Windows 10 incl cum updates, etc from an esd or wim image. It will uninstall all orig mfr apps and bloatware that came with the computer. If he wants the computer restored to Day One when he bought it (only recommended if it came with Win10 or PC is not working), that is a Recovery which is usually stored on a separate partition and available thru a mfr recovery program, install DVD's or usb copy. Windows Update will need to be run afterwards.

    The clean install option in 10 Anniv at the page bottom, is basically an in place Repair and is covered in this tutorial -

    A true clean install would involve wiping your HD and booting and installing from ext usb or media or selecting the option in the Reset described on this MS page -

    Here's good youtube vid on Reset vs Clean install too -
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