Best way to fix Windows 10/11 issues with a OS reinstall?


Frank15

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I’m thinking of the best ways to reinstall Windows when all other attempts to fix issues failed, when you want to avoid a wipe and reinstall that would require reinstalling apps and restoring user data.

A good option to try one after the other:

In-Place Upgrade > Windows Reset > Wipe and reinstall

It’s best to first do a backup of the full system drive, or at least of all the user data.

IN-PLACE UPGRADE:

Reinstalls only the OS, while keeping apps, and user data

As explained here:

Repair Install Windows 11 with an In-place Upgrade Tutorial

there’s one for W10 too, basically the same.

Caveat: needs to be started from within the OS, so you have to be able to log in.

WINDOWS RESET/KEEPING DATA:

If the In-Place Upgrade didn’t fix the issue, you can try a Windows Reset and choose to keep user’s data. This way you won’t have to backup and restore the data manually. This will reinstall the OS, while removing third party apps and resetting settings to defaults.

It can be started from within the OS or within Windows RE.


WINDOWS RESET/REMOVE USER DATA: don’t keep user data. This reinstalls Windows, removes 3rd party apps, resets settings to defaults.

WIPE AND REINSTALL: make a bootable thumbdrive with an installer of Windows (just google how to, it’s easy) and boot your PC from it. This will format the system drive and reinstall Windows, and will also reinstall the hidden partitions boot and EFI partitions.


I’d appreciate opinions.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte B550M DS3H
For years, as a computer tech, I've been screaming from the rooftops, "Backup! Backup! Backup!". And I do!
My data files are NEVER on my C: drive, so they are never in jeopardy. They are also backed up to Flash Drive(s) regularly.
The C: drive, incorporating Windows and all my programs are backed up in a compressed Image File, to a separate drive, on a weekly basis.

It's not often that I have to Restore a Backup Image, to fix some Snafu in Windows, but when that does happen, it's only a 15 minute delay to get a nice clean restoration of my Windows.

My backup/restore program, "Ghost 11.5" (the last DOS version) is never on my HD/SSD, but is always on its own Bootable Flash Drive.
So, if my main SSD/HD should totally CRASH, I can still boot up my PC with the Ghost Flash Drive and restore a Backup Image file, to a New HD/SSD. I've been using Ghost, since I first discovered it back in 1997, and I'm still using the last DOS version today. And, I still have my original GHOST boot floppy disk.;-)

The whole process is so ridiculously simple I don't understand why more people refuse to do it. ??? But I guess that's just human nature.
Makes me ashamed, sometimes, to call myself Human.

Good Luck, Mate!
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-11/Pro/64, Optimum 11 V5, 23H2 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made w/Gigabyte mobo/DX-10
    CPU
    AMD FX 6350 Six Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, DX-10, GA-78LMT-USB3
    Memory
    Crucial, 16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 210, 1GB DDR3 Ram.
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Crucial SSD 500GB, SanDisk 126GB SSD, Toshiba 1TB HD
    PSU
    EVGA 500 W.
    Case
    Pac Man, Mid Tower
    Cooling
    AMD/OEM
    Keyboard
    101 key, Backlit/ Mechanical Switches/
    Mouse
    Logitech USB Wireless M310
    Internet Speed
    Hughes Net speed varies with the weather
    Browser
    Firefox 64x
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Super Anti Spyware
    Other Info
    Given to me as DEAD, and irreparable.
    Rebuilt with Gigabyte mobo, AMD cpu, 16GB ram and 500GB Crucial SSD.
For years, as a computer tech, I've been screaming from the rooftops, "Backup! Backup! Backup!". And I do!
My data files are NEVER on my C: drive, so they are never in jeopardy. They are also backed up to Flash Drive(s) regularly.
The C: drive, incorporating Windows and all my programs are backed up in a compressed Image File, to a separate drive, on a weekly basis.

It's not often that I have to Restore a Backup Image, to fix some Snafu in Windows, but when that does happen, it's only a 15 minute delay to get a nice clean restoration of my Windows.

My backup/restore program, "Ghost 11.5" (the last DOS version) is never on my HD/SSD, but is always on its own Bootable Flash Drive.
So, if my main SSD/HD should totally CRASH, I can still boot up my PC with the Ghost Flash Drive and restore a Backup Image file, to a New HD/SSD. I've been using Ghost, since I first discovered it back in 1997, and I'm still using the last DOS version today. And, I still have my original GHOST boot floppy disk.;-)

The whole process is so ridiculously simple I don't understand why more people refuse to do it. ??? But I guess that's just human nature.
Makes me ashamed, sometimes, to call myself Human.

Good Luck, Mate!
TM :cool:
I'll try that. I remember I tried this long ago but I had issues, I guess becase most software expects the user folders to be in c:\users. But it's worth a try.
Thank you.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte B550M DS3H

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
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