Microsoft Confirms Windows 10’s Cloud Restore Feature

Posted on August 1, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 21 Comments

One of the nifty things about MacBooks is the ability to reset your device with a fresh copy of macOS from Apple servers, instead of having to manually download it yourself, put it on a USB stick, and then install. That feature is coming to Windows 10 soon.

Microsoft was rumored to be working on a Cloud Download feature recently, with a new option in the OS booting UX that allowed users to reinstall Windows by downloading a copy from Microsoft’s servers.

With the release of Windows 10 build 18950, Microsoft has confirmed the new feature. “Insiders may notice some references to “Cloud download” relating to PC reset or refresh. This feature isn’t available and working quite yet. We’ll let you know once it is, so you can try it out,” the changelog for the build reads. It’s not clear exactly how the feature will work, though, and how it will deal with custom OEM drivers, etc.

Either way, it is still good news for a lot of reasons — reinstalling Windows hasn’t been easy in the past, and you had to manually download a copy of Windows to reinstall a fresh copy of the OS. For tech nerds, that’s obviously very easy, but for regular users who aren’t too familiar with tech, this is obviously a lot to ask for. The new Cloud Download feature could make things much easier, as it would presumably only need a few clicks to get a fresh copy of Windows installed on your machine without having to deal with ISOs and USB sticks.

The feature is not enabled yet, but considering that there are some references to the feature in Windows 10 already, Microsoft may enable it for some Insiders in the coming weeks. As for the public, the new feature will be available when it ships Windows 10 20H1, sometime in the first half of 2020.

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