Windows 10 full factory reset - do I have to do Windows Updates all over again?

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  1. Cerulean

    Cerulean [H]ardForum Junkie

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    If a full factory reset with full drive cleaning option selected is performed, does one have to do Windows 10 updates all over again or does Windows reload itself using whatever has already been installed via Windows Updates?
     
  2. Xinmosni

    Xinmosni [H]ard|Gawd

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    A factory reset by definition is a restoration to whatever state the image came in from the factory. It shouldn't be a surprise that this means any updates not included in the image will need to be redownloaded and installed as needed.
     
  3. bigdogchris

    bigdogchris [H]ard as it Gets

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    Keep in mind that because 10 uses cumulative update model, you'll still only be downloading 1 update of each type, rather than hundreds of smaller updates like 7 used to be.
     
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    There is a free utility I have that can save all updates to a thumb drive so in future you could install all the updates needed from a much faster local source. I'm in Linux right now though so can't remember the name of it. Will post back what it is called later. That won't help you for now but it will for future factory resets.