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    Recovery-Reset vs. Reinstall Win 10

    I've read a lot (for me) on this subject. I'm confused about the difference (if there is one). My situation is that I've had some problems recently. When I ran System File Checker (sfc) the report said I had corrupted system files, but not all could be fixed/replaced. The computer starts and runs well with the exception that system image file creation using Control Panel/Backup & Recovery or a third party (Acronis) backup continue to fail every time. Neither was a problem for months but "suddenly" at the end of Feb. both continually failed. There's a good chance that the presence of corrupted system files that now occur may be the problem or, at least, contribute to the problem. Now what's the best approach? If I choose the Reset option for keeping my files/settings/etc., I obviously need a source for all new system files. Help doesn't mention where the new files come from. Apparently they are not downloaded during the operation. If the Media Creation tool is required (I have it already on a USB Flash Drive) available, will Reset recognize that it is plugged in and available, or prompt to insert either the USB drive or DVD?

    Now in the case of booting from the Media Creation Tool to re-install Win 10, what I've read suggests that you will have the option to keep your personal files/settings/etc. Is that the actual case? If so, then the Reset Option above is functionally the same as the reinstall. I would like to take advantage of keeping my personal stuff.

    One final question. As I understand it, having had Win 10 already installed means it is already activated (or can be activated) without having to provide a key. Correct?

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    Hi Don I recommend a repair install! Here's tutorial ! I hope this ansers some of your questions!
    If you're having problems with Windows 10 on your PC, you could use push-button reset to refresh or reset Windows.

    Refresh your PC Fixes software problems by reinstalling the OS while preserving the user data, user accounts, and important settings. All other preinstalled customizations are restored to their factory state. In Windows 10, this feature no longer preserves user-acquired Windows apps.

    Reset your PC prepares the PC for recycling or for transfer of ownership by reinstalling the OS, removing all user accounts and contents (e.g. data, Classic Windows applications, and Universal Windows apps), and restoring preinstalled customizations to their factory state.

    The options above are great for what they are intended for, but you could also do a repair install of Windows 10 by performing an in-place upgrade without losing anything other than all installed Windows Updates.

    This tutorial will show you how to do a repair install of Windows 10 by performing an in-place upgrade without losing anything.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do a repair install of Windows 10.

    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...e-upgrade.html

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    First try using DISM to repair. See How to Repair Windows 10 Image using DISM. Then try the SFC again.

    If you choose to do a Reset the files are already on the system. That is part of the way Windows servicing works now. You should not need any external media.

    Activation is different from installation. If your system was acquired new with Windows 10 pre-installed Windows should have been activated by the system vendor. If you upgrade to Windows 10 from a previously legal, activated version of Windows then Windows 10 should have been activated as part of the upgrade. Check your activation status by going to Start | Settings | Update & Security | Activation.

    Joe

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    There's also the SFCFix tool.

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    Hi Would like to add my 2 cents!
    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

    If SFC could not fix something, then run the command again to see if it may be able to the next time. Sometimes it may take running the sfc /scannow command up to 3 times with Fast Startup turned off and restarting the computer after each time to completely fix everything that it's able to.

    If not, then run the Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth command to repair any component store corruption, restart the PC afterwards, and try the sfc /scannow command again.

    If still not, then do a system restore using a restore point dated before the bad system file occurred to fix it. You may need to repeat doing a system restore until you find a older restore point that may work.

    If still not, then you could do a repair install without losing anything.
    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...e-upgrade.html

    If still not, then you could refresh Windows 10.

    When running SFC offline (at boot), SFC logging in the CBS.log file is not supported to be able to create a sfcdetails.txt file in OPTION FIVE below.
    Last edited by holdum333; 2016-03-19 at 16:45.

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