Microsoft Explains How “Cloud Download” Reinstalls Windows 10

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Update 20H1 of Windows 10 A "cloud download" will download the latest Windows files from Microsoft and use it to reinstall Windows. Aaron Lower, from Microsoft, explained how the download in the cloud will work.

In a blog post published on Microsoft's Windows Insider blog, Lower reviews the history of reset options built into Windows 10, including recovery partitions. He explains how Reset function built into Windows 10 works:

The next major improvement came from Windows 10 and "no picture" recovery. This is done by building a new copy of Windows from the existing installation. Because this approach does not use a recovery image, it saves storage space on the disk and preserves the latest security updates. The trade-off of this approach is that it can take more than 45 minutes and can not always repair Windows if the installation is really in poor condition or if it is too corrupt. This is where this last download option in the Cloud of Reset this PC can help you.

In addition to taking a little more time and requiring an uncorrupted Windows installation, the standard non-image recovery feature poses another problem. Do not mention it: If the latest Windows updates are not installed, you will need to install them after reboot. process.

The new download feature in the cloud avoids these disadvantages. Now, rather than trying to gather all the necessary files from your computer's local storage, Windows can download the latest Windows installation files from Microsoft's servers. You will get the most recent files. No major updates will be required later. It's like creating a USB drive with the latest version of Windows 10 and reinstall from it, except that you do not have to worry about creating an installation support.

Download option in the cloud to reset (or reinstall) Windows 10.

To use this feature on Windows 10 Update 20H1, which is currently in development, just go to Settings> Update & Security> Recovery and click on "Start" under Reset this PC. Once you have chosen to keep your files or delete everything from your computer, you can choose "Download Cloud" to download the installation files from Microsoft's servers or "Local Recovery" to use local files on your system.

Lower explains exactly what happens during the reset process. In summary, Windows will download the files and then reboot into Windows RE, the Windows Recovery Environment. The installation process will bring together the drivers of your current Windows system, ensuring that your hardware will continue to work. It will also use "Apply OEM Customizations, Including Preinstalled Windows Applications". Do not rely on this option to remove all the bloatware installed by your manufacturer on your PC. You may still need the Fresh Start function for that. Check out the blog for more details.

The cloud download will also be available in the loaded recovery environment if you are unable to start your PC. You can use the "Reset this PC" function to download new files from Microsoft and reinstall Windows, even if Windows is corrupted and can not start.

Lower notes that connecting over a wireless network from the recovery environment can be a problem. It is up to the PC manufacturer to load drivers that can activate it.

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