Windows 10 can reinstall systems from the cloud
Last month, Microsoft published a report on “a new Reset this PC option–Cloud Download” in Windows 10, and future Windows 10 system updates may allow people to reinstall the operating system using system images stored in the cloud. Recently, Microsoft revealed that it is working a way to reset Windows 10 PCs via the cloud ( Reset this PC ), allowing users to reset their PCs using Windows files downloaded from the cloud instead of using a local recovery image.
Previously, reinstallation required storing a backup copy of the software in a drive or recovery partition. In Windows 10 version 1507, it provided the advantage of enabling Windows to be recoverable without requiring extra disk space to store a compressed, backup copy of Windows in a hidden partition. Now, as part of the Windows 10 Insider Preview 18970, the company has added the option to re-install locally via Wi-Fi. Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog post at Microsoft:
“We’ve heard feedback that some of you would prefer to use your high-speed internet connection to speed up this process by just downloading Windows.”
So far, anyone who wants to reinstall Windows needs to use an external copy of it, or choose to use a local copy, which is usually already stored on the PC, so there may be damage or other failures. With cloud recovery, Microsoft wants users to download new copies of Windows files directly from the server without the need for Windows media, making it easier to recover Windows 10 corrupted installations.
This cloud download option will reinstall the version currently installed on the device, and users can still choose to keep personal files or delete them. However, because this is a recovery operation, it will remove any installed applications. It is designed to restore the software to a state before problems occur, after which you can install the applications one by one to check which ones are problematic.
This new cloud download option works on all Windows 10 devices, unlike the “Recover from the cloud” feature available on some of the earlier Windows 10 devices. Microsoft added that doing so will remove any applications installed on the device, and if you select the “Remove everything” option, the user data will also be deleted.
Microsoft noted that with this release, Reset this PC does not work from the cloud if the following optional features are installed:
The process will begin, but an error will occur and roll back the changes. To work around this issue, remove the optional features before trying the cloud download option. We’ll let you know once this issue has been resolved. The optional features are: EMS and SAC Toolset for Windows 10, IrDA infrared, Print Management Console, RAS Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK), RIP Listener, all RSAT tools, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Windows Fax and Scan, Windows Storage Management, Wireless Display, WMI SNMP Provider.