In addition, this version has a maximum storage limitation of 500 files and these must not exceed 4 GB. Another option, although with only 20 GB of storage, but with a greater data transfer and without limitation in terms of size and number of files, is found in Mega. Both TeraBox and Mega have a Windows application with which we can synchronize all the data with the platform.
Restore Windows from the cloud: the easiest method
If we don’t want to deal with bootable USB sticks, creating installation media and, if our Internet connection is fiber, the simplest and fastest solution is to use the function available in Windows 10 and Windows 11 that allows us to restore the computer to its original state by downloading the files from the cloud.
Microsoft launched this functionality in 2020, with the release of version 2004 of Windows 10, so in order to use this function, it is necessary that our Windows 10 computer is updated to at least that version. Windows 11 was released in 2021, so the function that allows us to restore the computer from the cloud is included from the first version.
Needless to say, it is also necessary to have a valid license to be able to carry out the process since it is the first thing that Microsoft servers will check, before anything else.
We must also take into account that, when carrying out this process, our team will update to the latest version available at that time of Windows, either Windows 10 or Windows 11, so if we want to stay on a previous version, this is not the method to follow.
Steps to follow
Once we have made sure that we meet the requirements that we have shown in the previous section, it is time to carry out the process, but not before having made a backup copy of all the data that we would not like to lose in the process, although It is not necessary since these will be preserved, however, if the process fails for any reason, we will lose them.
To start the process, we must access the Windows configuration options, through the keyboard shortcut Win + io from the start menu by clicking on the cogwheel. Next, and click on the section Update and security.
Within this section, in the left column, click on Recovery, and the right section, within the Recovery section, click on Start. Next, it will show us how we want to proceed: Download in the cloud o Local reinstallation, clicking on the first available option.
Next, it will ask us if we want keep the files that we have on the computer or if we want all the content that the PC has stored at that moment to be deleted during the process. If we have made a backup, it is recommended to choose the Remove everything option and, once the process is finished, restore the files to the computer again.
Other methods to reinstall Windows
Once we have made a backup of all our data, the time has come to talk about all the options that Windows puts at our disposal to reinstall it from scratch and that the computer works again as it did at the beginning as long as the method to restore we don’t like the computer from the cloud or our internet connection is so slow that it can take us several hours to complete the process. All the methods that we show you below are available in both Windows 10 and Windows 11, and the method to do it is exactly the same being the user interface the only thing that varies.
The first of the options that we have at our disposal to reinstall Windows, both Windows 10 and Windows 11, is to use the Reset this PC function, a function that is available within the Windows configuration menu (Win + i), within of the Update and security section, in the Recovery section.
This feature is ideal for when your computer is not working properly or is working erratically. To use the Windows recovery function and reset the PC, in the Recovery menu, click on Start. Next, Windows offers us two options:
- keep my files. This option keeps personal files that are stored in the folders that Windows creates when it is installed, along with all content stored in the Downloads folder and on the desktop.
- Remove all. This option, in addition to eliminating the configuration and all the applications that we have installed on the computer, also eliminates all the files that we had stored inside it. If we initially used the first option (keeping files) but the computer continues to function erratically, we must choose this option before performing another of the available methods to reinstall Windows.
After clicking on one or another option, the team will take care of carrying out the entire process without us having to do anything else on our part other than wait for the process to finish, a process that can take more or less time depending on the type of storage unit of our equipment (HDD or SSD).
With a Windows ISO
Another of the methods that we have at our disposal to reinstall Windows 10 and Windows 11 is to use the ISO image of the operating system.
Download ISO Windows 10
To download a Windows 10 image, we must use the Microsoft application to create installation media, an application that we can download through this link by clicking on Download the tool now.
Next, we execute it and accept the terms of service. Then in the window What would you like to do? we mark the option Create installation media and click on Next.
Next, we uncheck the box Use the recommended options for this computer and select the language of the installation, the version and the architecture of the version (32 or 64 bits) and click on Next.
In the next window, we select ISO file to download the Windows ISO image and finally Next so that the download begins after selecting the directory where we want to store it.
Download Windows 11 ISO
If it is Windows 11, we must visit this other link, also from Microsoft to download the latest Windows 11 ISO available at that time. We just have to go to the section Download Windows 11 disk image and click on Discharge.
Use the Windows ISO
Once we have the ISO on our computer, we place the mouse over the ISO image, right-click and select the Mount option to open the image and be able to run the installation file.
Next, we go to the drive that was created by mounting the image and run the file setup clicking twice on the file and wait for the installation screen to be displayed after checking if any update of the ISO version that we have downloaded is available.
If we do not want to keep the data, click on Change the elements that are going to be kept and, in the next window, click on Nothing and then on Next to start the process.
Reinstall Windows with installation media
If after using the options that we have shown above to reinstall Windows without formatting the computer, it still does not work like the first day, the last option we have at our disposal to recover the performance of the computer is to format the computer and perform a clean installation from scratch, eliminating any file that could interfere with the operation of the equipment.
With Windows 10
To do so, we only have to use the Windows 10 installation medium that we have used to download the version, but, but, this time, instead of choosing the ISO file option in the section Choose which medium to usewe select the option flash driveso that the medium is responsible for downloading the ISO and creating the corresponding installation medium on a USB drive, whose minimum capacity must be at least 8 GB.
On Windows 11
If it is Windows 11, we must visit the Microsoft website where we can also download Windows 11, and click on Download now, within the Windows 11 Installation Wizard section. When starting it, we must check the same box as in Windows 10, Unit Flash inside the section Choose which medium to use.
Format the drive
Once we have created the installation media, either Windows 10 or Windows 11, we must start the computer with the USB drive, previously changing the BIOS / UEFI to start from the USB drive that we have created. Next, we select Custom: Install Windows only.
Next, when the drive where we want to choose is displayed, we must select the partition where the operating system is located (it will be the one with the most storage space) and click on the Format button to delete all the data before proceeding with the installation.
Restore from the cloud or reinstall locally, which is the better option?
Regardless of which method we use to restore Windows, in the end the result is the sameand we are going to find ourselves with a clean copy of Windows without any of the applications that we had installed before carrying out the process, so, if the reason that has led us to carry out the process was due to performance or operation problems, this should already be fixed.
If the computer we want to restore no internet connection, we can use the function to reset Windows, since it is not necessary to download any file from the internet to be able to carry out the process. Also, if the computer is updated to the latest version available, the system restore will include all updates available on the computer at the time the process was performed. If the reason that has forced us to restore the computer is due to an infection by viruses, malware and others, this is not the best option since we are going to continue dragging the problem.
But yes, we want to take the opportunity to create partitions on the computer and use a second partition to store data independently to the operating system, the best option is to reinstall locally by downloading an installation medium and, during the process, delete all the partitions of the computer, and create the ones that we are going to need.
If we do not want to complicate our lives and we have a good internet connection, carrying out the process from the cloud is the recommended method, as long as the reason that leads us to carry out this process is not related to a virus, since the problem is will remain on your computer until we format the drive.