Windows Reset or Clean Install?


izzydz

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Hi,

Are there any benefits between using Windows Installation Media for a clean install of Windows 11 or using the Reset function in recovery? I want to perform a full wipe and fresh install of Windows 11 and I don't know which option is more thorough.

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Though a reset and remove everything and a clean install is basically the same thing, the difference between a clean install and a reset is in the way that Windows wipes out the data. A clean installation wipes the drive clean and removes all data from it, including third-party software and custom device drivers as well as any bloatware that came from the manufacturer.

If one is going to do a 'reset and remove everything' IMO taking a little more time and going the extra step of downloading the latest iso to do a clean install is preferable, but that's just me.

This is the best article I've ever seen explaining the differences. Take a look at the chart at the end that compares recovery options side by side.

Whichever way you decide to go, after you get your system running clean and trouble free with all your data restored, I strongly suggest you implement some kind of regular backup solution to protect yourself. Restoring from a backup is by far the simplest and fastest method of recovery. There are many good free backup programs available. I do a full system backup once a week and it's saved my bacon more than once.
 
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izzydz

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Thought a reset and remove everything and a clean install is basically the same thing, the difference between a clean install and a reset is in the way that Windows wipes out the data. A clean installation wipes the drive clean and removes all data from it, including third-party software and custom device drivers as well as any bloatware that came from the manufacturer.

If one is going to do a 'reset and remove everything' IMO taking a little more time and going the extra step of downloading the latest iso to do a clean install is preferable, but that's just me.

This is the best article I've ever seen explaining the differences. Take a look at the chart at the end that compares recovery options side by side.

Whichever way you decide to go, after you get your system running clean and trouble free with all your data restored, I strongly suggest you implement some kind of regular backup solution to protect yourself. Restoring from a backup is by far the simplest and fastest method of recovery. There are many good free backup programs available. I do a full system backup once a week and it's saved my bacon more than once.
This is a very helpful reply, thank you very much.
 

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