Windows 10 Reset vs Clean Install

Abby Haines updated on Sep 06, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

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 the 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 at 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 a while. 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. 

Step 1: Open EaseUS Todo Backup and select "File Backup".

You may have a large amount of vital data to be protected as time goes on, such as documents, pictures, music, and videos, etc. It is always a good habit to have a backup on regular basis. File Backup is one of the best choices for you to get over unexpected data loss.

Step 2: Select the files that you want to back up.

Tick the option at the top left corner named User Defined, you can browse to back up one or some specific file types on your computer or external storage device.

click file backup to back up files

Step 3: Select a destination to save your backup file. 

You'd better create the backup file in some other storage media or in some other drive. If not, there may be a risk of the backup file getting corrupted or destroyed.

Step 4: Click "Proceed" to execute your operation.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.