Windows 10 Cloud Reinstall Has Been In The Works Since 2016

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One of more interesting features that Microsoft is working on for Windows 10 is the cloud reinstall option. This is designed to allow users to reinstall the OS straight from the sky.

You know, as in, without the need of installation media.

In other words, the operating system uses a system image that is stored in the cloud to automatically download the necessary files for reinstalling Windows 10 on your computer. Very much similar to what Apple users have had access to for a while now.

But Windows 10 users are also set to get this feature in the coming months.

The cloud reinstall option made an appearance in the leaked build 18950, which as you may be aware is a preview of the Windows 10 20H1 release. From what it seems, Microsoft is targeting shipping this option with this feature update that is due in the spring of 2020.

However, if you think this is a new development, then be ready for a little surprise!

As this regular Microsoft watcher that goes by the name of Albacore notes, the idea of equipping Windows 10 with a cloud reinstall option is not entirely new.

In fact, the software titan first started work on this idea all the way back in 2016. The company even integrated this into a preview build of the OS. Windows 10 build 14908 that was compiled on August 16, 2016 had this option baked in.

But, for one reason or another, Redmond abandoned the idea altogether.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how the development of this feature comes together in the coming months. Provided everything goes according to plan, Insiders should be able to test the cloud reinstall feature in a few weeks from now.

And do a factory reset, straight from the cloud.

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