How to restore Windows 10 from the cloud

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Windows 10 is by far the most widely used operating system in the world. In fact, the experience it offers just installed is very satisfactory. However, as you use the system, its performance decreases. And there comes a time when it is necessary to format the system and reinstall it again. On the other hand, Microsoft has incorporated the possibility of restoring the system without the need to download additional files. That is, through the Recovery function, we can reset Windows to its original state. Even the wizard offers the possibility to keep or delete personnel files. In addition, the most recent update (2004) incorporates a very interesting novelty. We refer to the possibility of restoring the system to its original state from the cloud. That is, without the need for installation media or recovery partitions. In this post, I’ll show you how to restore Windows 10 from the cloud.

How to recover a Windows 10 installation from the cloud

As mentioned, this option is a novelty in Windows 10. However, this option has been available for a long time for macOS. Furthermore, some GNU/Linux distributions like Debian also include it. But for Windows, it is only included with the May 2004 update. So the first thing you have to do is to check if you run this version. With this intention, press the Win+R combination and execute the winver command:

Running the winver command
Running the winver command
Windows 10 is running the 2004 update.
Windows 10 is running the 2004 update.

Once this has been verified, it is time to enter the Windows settings. With this in mind, press the Win+I combination. Once there, click on Update and Security.

Go to update and security.
Go to update and security.

Then, in the menu on the left, click on Recovery. Then select Get started under Reset this PC.

Select the recovery option
Select the recovery option

The wizard will be displayed immediately. Please choose between keeping your personal files or deleting them completely.

Choose to keep the files or delete them.
Choose to keep the files or delete them.

Finally, choose the Cloud Download option. Please wait for the wizard to start the download and reinstall the operating system.

Conclusion

Finally, we’ve seen how to restore Windows 10 from the cloud. The advantage of this method over the traditional one is that the files will always be up to date. However, they depend on the speed of the internet connection. In addition, it is necessary to have enough space on the hard disk. On the other hand, restoring a system from local files is fast because no downloads are required. However, this method can give problems if there are corrupt files or the original installation is affected by malware. All right, that’s it for now. Before I say goodbye I invite you to see our post about blocking adult sites in any browser. Bye!

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