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windows 10 update issues...

I got locked in one of those update loops. You know what I mean, probably. My Windows 10 would start an automatic update, then fail, and then reset itself to a previous version. This would happen all of the time.

I managed to use one of the methods on this link to successfully do an update:

https://www.alphr.com/microsoft/1001411/how-to-fix-windows-update-in-windows-10-if-it-becomes-stuck-...

Now, here is the reason why I am making this post. In case I want to ever do a completely fresh reinstall of Windows 10, I want to know how to do this because the CD (DVD, maybe?) and all I have is the ("OEM"?) sticker with the associated ID numbers.

 

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@Xarzu wrote:

I got locked in one of those update loops. You know what I mean, probably. My Windows 10 would start an automatic update, then fail, and then reset itself to a previous version. This would happen all of the time.

I managed to use one of the methods on this link to successfully do an update:

https://www.alphr.com/microsoft/1001411/how-to-fix-windows-update-in-windows-10-if-it-becomes-stuck-...

Now, here is the reason why I am making this post. In case I want to ever do a completely fresh reinstall of Windows 10, I want to know how to do this because the CD (DVD, maybe?) and all I have is the ("OEM"?) sticker with the associated ID numbers.

 


If your PC came with Windows 10 originally, the product key is embedded on the motherboard. So you can re-install Windows 10 as many times as you want.

 

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Usually computers come with an option from the BIOS that will enter recovery mode.  They have a partition of your HDD set aside with a windows 10 image ready to go and it'll walk you through doing a fresh install.

 

If that fails, or if you don't want to install the manufacturer version which sometimes comes with a bunch of bloatware (though I haven't seen this as much the last couple of years) you can get windows 10 here:

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

 

It'll download a small tool that will in turn download all of Win 10 and create a bootable USB drive to do the install from. Your OEM key should work fine for activation.

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Usually computers come with an option from the BIOS that will enter recovery mode.  They have a partition of your HDD set aside with a windows 10 image ready to go and it'll walk you through doing a fresh install.

 

If that fails, or if you don't want to install the manufacturer version which sometimes comes with a bunch of bloatware (though I haven't seen this as much the last couple of years) you can get windows 10 here:

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

 

It'll download a small tool that will in turn download all of Win 10 and create a bootable USB drive to do the install from. Your OEM key should work fine for activation.


That download of Windows 10 from Microsoft is a "clean" version of just Windows 10. Nothing else.

 

If the OP uses his recovery partition, if it is still there, to go back to the version of Windows that he received when the laptop was new, Windows 10 will immediately update to the latest version which is now 1809 which may be what prompted the problems.

 

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