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Repair Install with an In-place Upgrade (Windows 10)
Posted by on 27 May 2016 07:21 PM
How to Do a Repair Install of Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

 

information   Information
If you're having problems with Windows 10 on your PC, you could use push-button reset to refresh or resetWindows.

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.
 
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Note   Note

  • You will only be able to do a repair install of Windows 10 from within Windows 10. You will not be able to do a repair install at boot or in Safe Mode.
  • You will need at least around 8.87 GB + what Windows is currently using of free space available on the Windows drive.
  • The installation media (ex: ISO or USB) must be the same edition and build as your currently installed Windows 10. If it's not, then the repair install will fail.
  • The installation media (ex: ISO or USB) must be the same language as your currently installed Windows 10. If it's not, then you will not keep anything.
  • If you have a 32-bit Windows 10, then you must use a 32-bit ISO or USB.
  • If you have a 64-bit Windows 10, then you must use a 64-bit ISO or USB.
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warning   Warning
Before you get started doing a repair install of Windows 10, be sure that you temporarily disable Secure Boot in yourUEFI firmware settings. Once installation has finished, you can enable Secure Boot again if you like.

  • System Protection will be reset to the default of being turned off. It is recommended to turn on system protection after the repair install has finished to have restore points.
  • You will lose any custom fonts.
  • You will lose any customized system icons.
  • You may need to re-establish your Wi-Fi connection.
  • You will need to redo Windows updates subsequent to the build you have used for the repair install.
  • Windows.old will be created.
  • You will need to redo any language downloads including the display language if you changed that.

 

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Here's How:

1. Sign in to an administrator account in Windows 10.

2. If you have not already, you will need to disable or uninstall any 3rd party AV or security program you have installed first to prevent it from interfering with the upgrade to Windows 10. You can reinstall it after Windows 10 has finished installing.

3. Do the step below depending on what you are using to do a repair install of Windows 10 with.

  • step 4: To do a repair install of Windows 10 with an ISO file
  • step 5: To do a repair install of Windows 10 with USB installation media
  • step 6: To do a repair install of Windows 10 with Get Windows 10 (GWX) app
  • step 7: To do a repair install of Windows 10 with Media Creation Tool.


 4. To Do a Repair Install of Windows 10 with an ISO file

A) If you have not already, you will need to download a Windows 10 ISO file.

B) Mount the ISO file.

C) Run the setup.exe file to start Windows 10 Setup.
 
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D) If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

E) Go to step 8 below.


 5. To Do a Repair Install of Windows 10 with USB Installation Media

A) If you have not already, you will need to create a Windows 10 installation USB flash drive.

B) Connect and open the USB flash drive, and run the setup.exe file to start Windows 10 Setup. (see screenshot below)

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C) If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

D) Go to step 8 below.


 6. To do a repair install of Windows 10 with Get Windows 10 (GWX) app

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to go to Microsoft, and click/tap on the top Upgrade now button at Microsoft's site.

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B) Save the GetWindows10-sds_____________.exe file to your desktop, and run it.

C) If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

D) Windows 10 will now start downloading. Go to step 10 below.


 7. To do a repair install of Windows 10 with Media Creation Tool

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to go to Microsoft, and click/tap on the bottom Download tool now button at Microsoft's site.

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B) Save the MediaCreationTool.exe file to your desktop, and run it.

D) If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

E) Click/tap on Accept for the license terms. (see screenshot below)

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F) Select (dot) Upgrade this PC now, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

G) Windows 10 will now start downloading. Go to step 10 below.

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8. Windows 10 Setup will now start preparing. (see screenshot below)

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9. Select (dot) Download and install updates, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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10. Windows 10 Setup will now start getting things ready. (see screenshots below)

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11. Click/tap on Accept for the license terms. (see screenshot below)

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12. Windows 10 Setup will now check for and install any available updates, and make sure you're ready to install. (see screenshots below)

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13. When ready, click/tap on Install to start the repair install of Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

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Note   Note
If you would like to change what you keep, then click/tap on the Change what to keep link, choose what to keep, click/tap on Next, and go to step 12 above.

If you don't have Keep personal files and apps selected, you will not keep everything.

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14. Windows 10 Setup will now start the in-place upgrade to repair install Windows. (see screenshots below)
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This will take a while to finish.


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15. When it's ready, click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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16. Click/tap on Use Express settings or Customize settings for how you want to set these settings, and go to step 20 (Use express settings) orstep 17 (Customize settings) below. (see screenshot below)

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17. Turn On or Off the Personalization and Location settings you would like, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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18. Turn On or Off the Browser and protection and Connectivity and error reporting settings that you want, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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19. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
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You will always be able to choose your default apps in Windows at anytime.


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20. You can now sign in to Windows 10. (see screenshots below)

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