Reset Windows 10 - apps on other drives  

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    windows 10 Pro

    Reset Windows 10 - apps on other drives

    According to MS (and elsewhere) if you use a Recovery drive to "Reset" your PC - and you elect to keep your own personal files, it will still be necessary to re-install apps after Reset. Is this true of apps that were installed on a drive other than the Windows (normally C:) drive? I like to keep my windows drive as free of programs clutter as I can.

    I suspect the answer is going to be "Yes" since any required drivers and also Registry Settings will probably always be in the Windows folder/subfolders on the "Windows" drive.

    (Windows 10 version 1909 Build 18363.657)
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    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit

    Reset can preserve apps from the Windows Store but not other conventional programs you have installed. Consider a repair install if you have problems which preserves all programs Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
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  3. Posts : 12
    windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks Steve C. I'll try that when I'm back in Office on Monday and get back yo you.
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  4. Posts : 7,582
    windows 10

    Are we talking apps from MS store they are norammly so small its not worth messing with them
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  5. Posts : 12
    windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks Samuria.
    All apps I suppose. So anything i've downloaded from the Internet including trial software as well as MS Office and the like.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    What problems are there with the computer that a reset is being considered?

    Depending upon the problem these are options that do not require reinstalling applications:
    a) troubleshoot the underlying problem
    b) in place upgrade repair
    c) system restore
    d) restoring an image

    These require reinstalling applications:
    a) reset save files
    b) reset remove files
    c) clean install
    d) custom install

    Once you have fixed the underlying problem(s) consider making free backup images:
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    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect
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