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Windows 10 Reset vs Clean Install

Jul 06, 2017 / Posted by Abby Haines to Todo Backup Resource

Summary:
Reset or clean install Windows 10? Read this page to learn the differences between Windows 10 reset vs clean install. It will help you make a right decision.

Should I reset or clean install Windows 10?

"I have upgraded my laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for about two years. But now it cannot work smoothly as it used to be. So, I would like to get a fresh system to get a better performance. Should I just reset Windows 10 or do a clean install?"

In case that Windows 10 PC fail to work due to problems caused by third-party software, system file corruption, system settings changes or malware, Microsoft offers two ways: reset Windows 10 or do a clean install from the Windows installation media to fix the problem. When coming here, many users may ask if the System Reset is equal to or work as the same as a clean install. Next, we will talk about what is the difference between the two.

Differences between Windows 10 reset and clean install

Windows 10 reset - Reinstall Windows 10 by restoring to factory default configuration from the recovery image which was created when Windows was installed the first time of the computer. It helps to fix most of the common OS issue and doesn't require the internet connection to work. But sometimes, it fails to help and reporting "there was a problem resetting your PC" error.

Clean Install - Reinstall Windows 10 by downloading and burning latest Windows installation files from Microsoft on a USB. It offers users a fresh system without any hidden problems or corruptions. 

At most times, users will not see any difference between Windows 10 reset and clean install. And compared with a clean install, a system reset is faster and more convenient. For these two reasons, most users prefer the former one when there is some problem with their system. But is it really the case? Let’s look how some users said about it. 

"I've done several resets, saving nothing, and they worked but I ended up doing a Clean Install on both after awhile. Something must not have been working right." 

"It seems to me that a PC performs better after wiping everything and doing a fresh install from media. Reset can sometimes freeze-up."

We are not sure how "clean" a reset is. But reading here, we advise you don't do a reset if you want to truly clean install Windows 10.

How to Backup files before Windows 10 reset or clean install

Both Windows 10 reset and clean install will erase all your installed programs and its settings. To keep all the data and applications, download EaseUS free backup software to create a backup image. 

1) Launch EaseUS free backup software, on the main windows, click "File Backup" option.

2) Choose the files you want to keep and then click "Destination" to select a storage location to save the backup image.

Important Note: Here, please choose to save the backup file to an external storage device other than on your PC.

3) Click "Proceed" to backup your PC hard drive data.

Backup files before Windows 10 reset or clean install