Reset vs fresh Reinstall from Media

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  1. Posts : 18
    Win10 Home 64
       #1

    Reset vs fresh Reinstall from Media


    Hi,

    What is the difference of doing a reset vs. wiping all partitions and reinstalling from media? Assume it's the reset that does not preserve user files. Of course the user has backed-up important files.

    Is there a difference in action, or qualifiers to the answer to question posed above if the user upgrade from 7 to 10 vs. the had 10 from the start?

    It seems to me that a PC performs "better" after wiping everything and doing a fresh install from media (after adding missing drivers etc...), but maybe I'm imagining it. And reset can sometimes freeze-up(?)

    When would you do one vs. the other?

    Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 343
    Windows 10 x64 Pro 21H2
       #2

    I've tested both methods... honestly, I don't see any difference, refresh actually reinstalls windows, and you can even wipe partitions or not...
    A good thing from MS I must say, unless the instalation gets completely corrupted, refreshing is such a time saver...
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  3. Posts : 17,247
    Windows 11 Pro
       #3

    Quite a few people have posted on here about resets failing to complete and having to do a clean install to fix it, so I have never bothered doing a reset.
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  4. Posts : 13,933
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #4

    I've done several resets, saving nothing, and they worked but I ended up doing a Clean Install on both after awhile. Don't remember why but something must not have been working right.
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  5. Posts : 340
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit (with Creators OS)
       #5

    An alternative could be to restore from a Macrium image. If the offending Windows installation is working, albeit faulty, running Macrium will offer a choice of images (dates) which you have made, to restore from. If Windows will not run, using a Macrium Rescue disk will run Macrium and also give access to the choice of images (above).

    Unless the date of the latest Macrium image is very recent, as soon after restoring the Macrium image, Microsoft will detect that you need an update of Windows and it will be installed.
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  6. Posts : 25,637
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.1
       #6

    My favorite is an in place upgrade repair if you have a DVD or other install media of the build. It basically reinstalls Windows and you lose no programs.
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  7. Posts : 550
    10 pro 64
       #7

    I could be wrong but this is what I believe . I would assume when one does a reset it just format the drive, formatting a drive does not erase all the data on the drive. Were by if one does a fresh install meaning deleting the drive and reformatting it should wipe all the data .
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  8. Posts : 1,483
    Win10 Pro
       #8

    sn00ker said:
    I could be wrong but this is what I believe . I would assume when one does a reset it just format the drive, formatting a drive does not erase all the data on the drive. Were by if one does a fresh install meaning deleting the drive and reformatting it should wipe all the data .
    Hi sn00ker. Formatting a drive erases everything on the drive.
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  9. Posts : 25,637
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.1
       #9

    sn00ker said:
    I could be wrong but this is what I believe . I would assume when one does a reset it just format the drive, formatting a drive does not erase all the data on the drive. Were by if one does a fresh install meaning deleting the drive and reformatting it should wipe all the data .
    Nothing that consumers have erases every piece of data. As posted I prefer the in place update repair method. When I use Macrium Reflect to restore a backup, it wipes the drive then restores the backup.
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  10. Posts : 10,255
    Wndows 10 Pro x64 release preview channel
       #10

    Josey Wales said:
    My favorite is an in place upgrade repair if you have a DVD or other install media of the build. It basically reinstalls Windows and you lose no programs.
    My preferred method unless I need to do a completely clean install.
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