Solved How to reimage a Windows 10 computer?

Dell / Inspiron 17r
August 30, 2018 at 14:49:32
Specs: Windows 10, 2.3/8
My computer is running erratically; sometimes it boots quickly and other times it takes 10 minutes. Desktop icons do not always open and when they do it takes a long time.I read that reimaging would help to solve this problem. I tried tweaking.com but that didn’t help. I also tried dism but that also did not help. I do not have a copy of Windows 10 as the computer came with Windows installed as OEM. I realize that reimaging would erase the contents of the hard drive. If reimaging is doable, I know that I would need to backup my data and reinstall my applications.

Thank you.
Brian W


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#1
August 30, 2018 at 14:55:44
Did the computer originally come with Win 10? If so, there may be a recovery partition on the hard drive that you can access to restore the computer back to the way it was the day you first got it.

But, since it is Win 10, you can download a copy of the ISO files from Microsoft. You can then make a USB drive, or a DVD, that will reinstall a fresh copy of Windows. You don't need a license key since your computer is already registered with MS.

Either way, yes, you'll need to back up all your data and reinstall your applications.


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#2
August 30, 2018 at 15:09:20
DanJ,

Thank you for your response. The computer originally had Windows 8.0 so there isn’t a Windows 10 recovery partition. I’m not sure how to download an ISO file but I’ll figure it out.

Thanks again.
Brian W


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#3
August 30, 2018 at 15:49:08
You can't re-image unless you have an image, which implies you have imaging software & created an image of your Win10 system when it was running at it's peak. It doesn't sound like you did that so you have a couple of choices:

1. fix whatever the problem is. Likely the system is infected - malware, spyware, adware, virus, etc - or any combination. It will take a little time & troubleshooting.
2. wipe the HDD & install a fresh copy of Win10. This will also take time. 1st to download & create the disc, then to wipe & reinstall, then to install all drivers & Windows updates. You will also have to reinstall & update all your programs.

Which you do is up to you. I'd opt for #1 & if it doesn't work out, THEN go for #2. If you go directly to #2, there's no turning back.

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August 30, 2018 at 16:03:39
riider,

Thank you for your response. I would definitely prefer Option#1; I have already tried Avast, Malwarebyte, ccleaner, System Mechanic, tweaking.com and DISM. Unfortunately, none of them resolved the problem. Are there any other programs that I could try?

Thanks again.
Brian W


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#6
August 30, 2018 at 16:22:26
Razor2.3,

Thank you for your response. Will this work even though Windows 10 was not the original operating system; it was 8.0. If so, this procedure seems better than using an ISO copy of Windows 10.

Thanks again.
Brian W


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#7
August 30, 2018 at 19:15:27
Since it was upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 10 during the allowable time it was free you can do it. You boot to the install disk, this verifies the valid installation at this point. You then use the custom options to delete all partitions, create a new partition, and install it completely clean. Windows 10 is a bit different than prior versions and it probably will prompt you with repair or clean install and do it behind the scenes but it should be self explanatory once you start.

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#8
August 30, 2018 at 19:44:01
Win10 makes its own recovery partition when it installs. It should work.

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#9
August 31, 2018 at 05:39:52
Do remember too that any personal files will be lost in the process. So make an effort to copy that content to external storage; ideally an external hard drive and (where photos are concerned at least) to DVD as well.

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August 31, 2018 at 06:01:51
trvir,

Thank you for your response. I will save my files to an external hard drive before I start the reimaging process.

Thanks again.
Brian W


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#11
August 31, 2018 at 06:03:22
Fingers,

Thank you for your response. Your information is helpful for letting me know the sequence of events when reimaging.

Thanks again.
Brian W


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#12
August 31, 2018 at 06:04:51
Razor2.3,

Thank you for your response. Now that I know that there is a recovery partition, I will go ahead with the procedure.

Thanks again.
Brian W


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#13
September 2, 2018 at 13:22:59
When you copy content external storage, check to verify that the copied content is fully accessible before proceeding with the re-imaging.

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