Wonder why it took so long for Microsoft to build this functionality? Things are still in the leak stage right now, but there are hints of a cloud recovery option coming to the operating system.
We have all been there.
Seemingly, out of the blue, our PC fails to boot or the main disk partition becomes corrupt, leading to the need to reinstall Windows. At times like these, the last thing you want to do is to click through the endless checkboxes and dig up your old boxes to find your Windows install media.
Wouldn’t something a little more streamlined be great here?
Well, as it to happens, Apple has a built-in solution where once you boot up your Mac it will simply connect to the Internet and download the latest version of macOS, then guide you through the process of installing it on your system.
Windows users never had it this easy, and a lot of it has got to do with the fragmented world of PC makers — there are drives to deal with, customized recovery images, and whatnot.
Anyway, it appears that Microsoft now wants to take the first steps here, and do something similar to what Apple offers on its ecosystem.
As discovered by WalkingCat, one of the most prominent Microsoft leaksters around, you will soon get the option to either download and deploy Windows 10 via the cloud, or from a local image.
18950 bootux :
How would you like to reinstall Windows?
> Cloud download : Download Windows
> Reset locally : Reinstall my existing Windows operating system
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) July 29, 2019
Presumably, using the cloud download option will download the latest production version of the OS, rather than the Windows 10 version that you are currently on. It could also be an easy way to do a clean install of the operating system when upgrading from an older version to a new one.
And though we don’t have the full details of how this feature will work from Microsoft just yet, the company did reference the cloud download feature in the latest Windows 10 20H1 preview release for Insiders, that being build 18950.
Nevertheless, resetting your Windows 10 PC may well become a lot simpler from here on.
For the better!