1.    3 Weeks Ago #1
    Join Date : Aug 2017
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Build 16257 (?)

    Resetting Win10 Pro Without Pain (much)?


    My pc has finally gotten to the point where I need to reset it. Unfortunately, thatís complicated by a couple things:

    1. I canít locate my thumb drive with Win10 Pro on it. I was one of the early adopters that upgraded from Win8.

    2. When I upgraded my regular hard drive to an SSD, I made hard links to the major folders (Docs, Pics, Program Files, etc.) to a 4TB hard drive. For re reset, should I either disconnect this or shut it off in BIOS so that it wonít mess with things like my pics, videos and music?

    Normally this wouldnít be an issue, but I am unable to get another 4TB to back up the current one, and the pc is rapidly approaching the point of unusability. I just want to get this done in the most painless way as possible short of a clean install.
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  2.    3 Weeks Ago #2
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
    Posts : 4,035
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703

    Hi cubdukat.

    No issue on not finding USB key. Make another. If you want to do a clean install just skip the step where you enter license. MS fingerprinted machine and 10 will activate on its own. If you use media creation tool today you will get V1709 Fall Creators Update.

    Clean Install Windows 10

    Not exactly sure what you mean hard link. If your data is safely on HDD, which it sounds like it is as you created link in first place, and you know it could be read by another machine you should be able to disconnect.

    Before proceeding with the clean install maybe explain what you mean by a hard link and let members comment.

    There is the ability to reset Windows from within advance Statup options. There is option to keep files but not sure about hard links.

    Reset Windows 10


    Ken
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  3.    3 Weeks Ago #3
    Join Date : Aug 2017
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Build 16257 (?)
    Thread Starter

    What I did to create the hard links was I would right-click on the icon in Windows Explorer for, say, Documents, and change the drive letter to the one for the 4TB data drive. I tried doing using a soft link from the command window, but that didn't work. I did the same with Pictures, Video, Music, Downloads, Program Files (both) and Program Data folders.

    I'm thinking that to be completely safe I should physically disconnect the 4TB drive before doing the reset. But the problem is that I don't know how many programs the system needs to boot properly were installed on that drive.

    Either that or wait until I have an empty 4TB drive to clone it to to make sure I have a replacement in case something goes wrong...
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  4.    3 Weeks Ago #4
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
    Posts : 4,035
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703

    Well you installed all your programs on your SSD and that is what you are going to have to do again. Your program files are on C:, correct, and I would imagine your apps data is there to. These will be lost. Things like your browser favorites or profiles can be saved before doing. I would be doing what you said, disconnect data drive.

    Do you have an extensive program list?

    The clean install tutorial will be just like install SSD in terms of work. Did you steer programs to alternate drive or just their data?

    Here are the forums tutorials on moving Data Libraries to alternate drive.


    How to Move Your Documents Folder Location in Windows 10
    How to Move Your Downloads Folder Location in Windows 10
    How to Move Your Music Folder Location in Windows 10
    How to Move Your Pictures Folder Location in Windows 10
    How to Move Your Videos Folder Location in Windows 10


    Ken
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