Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Windows 10 will let you reinstall the OS from the cloud

You won't need a local copy to start fresh.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
August 31, 2019
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Cherlynn Low/Engadget

To date, reinstalling Windows has meant using a local copy -- either something already stored on your PC (and thus at risk of going bad) or something external. Soon, though, it might just be a matter of grabbing it online. On top of changing tablet mode, the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build on the Fast ring includes a "download Windows" option when you want to reset your PC. Much like the feature Macs have had for years, you can use your broadband connection to grab a fresh install from the cloud. You don't need a backup partition or a thumb drive to get back in business.

The company stressed that this will wipe your existing apps, and your data should you choose to "remove everything." And remember, this is pre-release software. You'll likely want to wait until there's a polished version before trusting the fate of your PC to the cloud option. When it does arrive, though, it could offer a valuable failsafe if Windows is falling apart and you want a more reliable fix.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Samsung's older smart TVs are losing remote control app support

Samsung's older smart TVs are losing remote control app support

View
Dell's XPS 15 and 17 leak with sleek new designs

Dell's XPS 15 and 17 leak with sleek new designs

View
Vizio SmartCast TVs add 30 new free TV channels

Vizio SmartCast TVs add 30 new free TV channels

View
WhatsApp imposes even stricter limits on message forwarding

WhatsApp imposes even stricter limits on message forwarding

View
NASCAR driver 'rage quits' esports race

NASCAR driver 'rage quits' esports race

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr