How to Perform In-Place Upgrade of Windows without Formatting

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Many times Windows users are advised to perform an in-place upgrade of Windows operating system installed in their computer system to repair corrupted files or fix various issues and problems faced by the user without deleting any file or app. If you don’t know how to perform an in-place upgrade of Windows and you are looking for a guide containing step-by-step instructions, you have come to the right place. In this article, we’ll discuss what is in-place upgrade of Windows, its benefits and how to perform it.

Imagine you are using Windows 10 in your device and you are facing many problems such as unable to install new updates, random error messages and crash issues and you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 11 but want to repair existing Windows 10 in your computer system. In such situation repair in-place upgrade will help you. It’ll reinstall same Windows 10 operating system in your device without formatting and will repair all issues.

On the other hand, if you want to move to a new Windows version such as Windows 11 on your Windows 10 device but want to keep the data and apps intact, you can perform normal in-place upgrade which will install Windows 11 in your device and will keep all your documents, files, settings and software programs intact.
 

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Yes. I let MS tech do an in-place upgrade to my physical win10 about a month ago, after ESET broke the OS firewall service (according to MS techs)(ESET never refuted the MS statement that ESET broke the win10 firewall, although they had the chance to) Overall, the win10 in-place upgrade did fix the win10 firewall service, and without too much heartache systemwide. My hardware apparently not compatible with win11.
 
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Microsoft released a new Windows 11 Insider build for Dev channel users. The new build, 23516, brings new bug fixes and improvements. Alongside the ones announced, Microsoft often introduces new features that are not a part of the changelog. These unannounced features are hidden gems meant for enthusiasts to figure out. Sometimes, some of these features are not enabled as they are meant for future releases.

One such feature appears to be a new Windows repair option that the tech giant has been testing. The option is hidden in the new Dev build 23516 but it is already enabled on the Canary channel. This means Microsoft is looking to introduce this feature to more Insiders.

Within the Windows Recovery section in the Settings app, the new feature allows users to perform an in-place upgrade to fix and repair issues with their current Windows install. This troubleshooting mechanism is likely going to be quite useful as most of the issues on Windows are often resolved by reinstallation. The option is labeled "Fix problems using Windows Update" and when one opts to use it, a "repair version" of the build is downloaded for reinstallation.
 

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