Q&A If you are forced to Reset install Windows 10, are you confident all your data is safe?


Staff member
Jan 8, 2011
Theoretical question yet an entirely possible scenario.

If your Windows PC is unbootable (ie. no fix available), are you confident that your existing Windows set up can be safely forced to be reset with a clean installation without any data loss?

Example: Windows users with cloud storage enabled or local backups need not worry about data loss. Programmes can be reinstalled.

Can you confidently say you're part of this? Or are you at risk of losing some data?


Level 15
Content Creator
Sep 1, 2017
I would failback/fall back to one of my previous disk images in this sort of case. Resetting Windows 10 can be quite dicey - trust me I work in a large corporation and have seen some weird stuff happen during a reset of Windows 10. 99.9999% of the time we are falling back to disk images vs performing a reset.

True story: Once we tried a reset on an HP 840 G6 laptop. The drivers seemed all hunky dory, but the graphics driver itself became so loopy the screen would start to act all funny at weird/super weird times. We couldn't figure out the issue until finally I pipped up and said "Hey, I think Windows 10 done goofed up here." We then did a wipe clean of Windows 10 (as in trashed everything and started from bare hardware) and the issues went away.

Bottom line: Backup, backup again, and test your backups. From there, you got nothing to worry about.