PC upgraded from Windows 10 Home to Windows 11 21H2..Query resetting


Fourthcar

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Bought Dell Pc Desktop Inspiron 3670 in 2019 which came with Windows 10 Home pre-installed and did a free upgrade to Windows 11 Home 21H2 on 18/02/2022.
My question is if i had to do a pc reset...would the pc reset to Windows 10 home with Dell bloatware or would it reset to current Windows 11 version with Dell bloatware as the free upgrade is no longer free.
Also , if i download a fresh copy of Windows 11 via Media Creation Tool...would this install just the basic Windows 11 without Dell bloatware and if i want to
install Dell Support Assistant would it work ? And there will be issue with license key as it has Dell OEM key.

The reason i want to know is Dell pc takes about 1-2 minutes to properly load up.
Dell Support Community replies were confusing.

Thank you
 
Windows Build/Version
Windows 11 21H2 Build 22000.918 with Experience feature pack 1000.22000.919.0 and with latest updates

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 Pro 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
The time for the bootup is pretty good when a lot of the 'things' don't have to load. Also affecting that time is anything external plugged in and if a NAS drive is attached, anything attached to the Router. All those things have to be read so Windows knows about them, same for reading the BIOS to know what has to be set up.

And Yes, doing a factory reset should reload every thing back to the day you got it. If it was with Win10 then Upgraded to Win11 it would have to be done again, just went through that last week on an HP Desktop.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
Rather than reload, you could always load a Macrium Reflect image, I assume you do make backups. do not count restore points as they do not seem to work very well, very often or when needed
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
One other thing needs mentioning, a factory reset usually wipes the drive and will lose everything on it.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
Thanks for replies Berton,The-Hive,Ben Myers,

Yes i do back-ups with Macrium ....Why Microsoft Developers and Pc Manufacturers make things over complicated is beyond me.
I still have a Asus K31ADE desktop pc bought in 2015-2016 and not suitable for Windows 11 and has Windows 10 Pro eventually
this will end up in Pc graveyard and am still using it as my main pc work and bought Dell pc as the next main pc until Asus 'dies'.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 Pro 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
Thanks for replies Berton,The-Hive,Ben Myers,

Yes i do back-ups with Macrium ....Why Microsoft Developers and Pc Manufacturers make things over complicated is beyond me.
I still have a Asus K31ADE desktop pc bought in 2015-2016 and not suitable for Windows 11 and has Windows 10 Pro eventually
this will end up in Pc graveyard and am still using it as my main pc work and bought Dell pc as the next main pc until Asus 'dies'.
I also have an ASUS Desktop from 2016 as my main but did get a new Desktop in April and Notebook in Oct. that are running Win11 properly, both came with Win10 Pro and Upgraded without issue. None of my other computers will do Win11 properly but still good with Win10 and Linux.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
Thanks for reply Berton,

I was going to upgrade my Asus desktop pc to Windows 11 using one of various methods for unsupported hardware but decided against it as i believe Windows 10 will be supported until 2025. I will keep using my Asus pc as main pc as it stills working ok until i mentioned in previous post it 'die's'.

What i have done on the Dell pc was to install programs i use on Asus pc and others items ...sort of a twin which i keep regularly updated until the day comes when Asus pc packs up then use Dell as main pc.

Works for me....and have done a back up of Dell pc in case i need it using Macrium.

Bye...and have a nice weekend
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 Pro 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
Yes, Win10 supported until EOL Oct. 14, 2025. I'm doing the same with my Dell from April, installing programs I use on my ASUS.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
My question is if i had to do a pc reset...would the pc reset to Windows 10 home with Dell bloatware or would it reset to current Windows 11 version with Dell bloatware as the free upgrade is no longer free.
Also , if i download a fresh copy of Windows 11 via Media Creation Tool...would this install just the basic Windows 11 without Dell bloatware and if i want to
install Dell Support Assistant would it work ? And there will be issue with license key as it has Dell OEM key.
It's difficult to say with 100% certainty what you would get with resetting Windows. My guess would be it would be Windows 10 with Dell bloatware.

Why do you say the upgrade is no longer free? The upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 will always be free because they use the exact same product keys and digital licenses.

Yes, you can install vanilla Windows 11 downloaded from Microsoft. There will be no issues with licensing or activation.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!
Just 2 days ago I did a fully clean install on a Dell Inspiron Notebook using the Bootable USB Thumb drive created by the MCT/Media Creation Tool for Win10 provided by Microsoft, can't get any more official than that. The Notebook came with Win8 Home several years ago and was Upgraded to Win10 Pro, I had saved the information using a program so I had the keys. The install got the Home version and activated then I put in that key and got Pro back. It should work the same on Win11.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security

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