There comes a time in all PC users experience where windows have gotten a bit tired. it’s at this point where you should often choose to reinstall windows, with Windows 10 however the process has been largely changed. Microsoft was nice enough to include the option inside the operating system to reinstall windows in a more hassle-free environment. but as of a recent update, there’s been a bit of a change to how this process unfolds.

Microsoft has now added an option that asks the user whether to do a “cloud download” or a “local reinstall”, both functions achieve the same result but in a different way. Along with The usual options as to whether to wipe your entire drive or to keep your local files and just reinstall your software, The basic functionality remains that the Windows operating system files will be replaced with fresh ones all you’ll have to do is reconfigure personalized settings and reinstall your programs.

On Windows 10 you open up settings whether it be from the start menu or windows key + I, afterwards hit Update and Security and on the left-hand side Scroll down to Recovery and click the Get Started under the Reset PC option.

So What’s the Difference?

Cloud Download:

As the name states when you select the cloud download option windows will then download fresh system files from Microsoft and use those to reinstalls them on your windows machine. it is worth noting that this download may be more than 4GB in size and if you are running a metered connection or have a slow Internet connection it might be best to choose the local option. the cloud download option however is essential in those cases where system files have become corrupted and the local option fails to save your operating system. that being said if you have a fast connection it might be quicker to download it than to do a local reinstall because of the way local reinstall it structured.

Local Reinstall:

If you do decide to take the local reinstall option the operating system will then use files present on your system to reinstall windows. however, this does make the operating system work a little harder as it has to search through your system files to find the original ones and then reassemble a fresh windows installation this can cause the local reinstall option to take slightly longer than the cloud download if you have a fast connection.

Which one should you pick

In any typical situation, either option will work fine this is assuming that you have an uncapped and relatively speedy internet connection. both options will restore your PC to a like-new state. at all certain situations where the two options will be more beneficial:

  • if you have a fast Internet connection where data is not a concern the cloud download option will save you a bit of time
  • if your connection is slow or you would like to avoid excess data usage the local reinstall will avoid unnecessary downloads and it will preserve any windows updates you installed previously
  • but if you’re hitting your head against a wall and you’ve tried local reinstall which has failed your best option would be to use cloud download that way you get a fresh uncorrected image of Windows which will provide the most reliable reinstallation

In Concluson, whichever option you choose to go with your PC should end up in the same place with a shiny and corrupted operating system. if the local reinstall fails and you see a message saying there was a problem there is no need to stress windows will not install corrupt files and it will return to the previous state. in the end, it is up to you to choose which option you prefer. 

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