Issue: How to Reinstall Windows 10 Without Losing Files?
My Windows 10 64-bit system’s performance is just miserable. It freezes, crashes, displays errors or sometimes displays BSOD. I got tired of that and consider reinstalling Windows. However, I’m a bit lazy to create the data backup, so I would like to know is it possible to restore or reinstall Windows 10 without losing data?
Any version of Windows OS gets sluggish and may start performing poorly due to many reasons. Slowdowns, freezes, unresponsiveness and similar issues usually start happening due to PC’s age and heavy usage. However, the same symptoms may occur due to virus or malware infections. In this case, we would recommend scanning the system with powerful anti-malware, say Reimage. Another common Windows problem is BSOD, which translates as Blue Screen of Death. Encountering BSOD is not a pleasant experience because usually the system gets stuck on the blue window and the user has to reboot the system forcefully. Unfortunately, but a simple reboot is usually not a solution because BSOD indicates driver issues, Boot Configuration Data corruption, registry problems, virus infection, and other serious problems. While some of the errors have comprehensive fixes, the others can hardly be fixed manually, so reinstalling or resetting Windows is considered to be the only solution, which can be executed at home before taking the PC to professional IT technicians.
The main reason why people decide to endure slow PC, errors, BSOD, and other problems are the predestination of the personal data stored on it. In other words, Windows users don’t have data backups, which is why they don’t want to erase the data. Luckily, you don’t have to remove all files in order to reinstall Windows 10. This step can be performed without affecting personal files like photos, documents, videos, music, and so on. Since Windows 10 version is the most prevalent these days, in this post, we will explain how to reinstall Windows 10 without removing personal data.
Reinstalling Windows 10 without removing data
NOTE: if your PC crashed completely, you won’t be able to reinstall Windows 10 without affecting the files. In this case, you will have to install Windows 10 from scratch.
- Navigate to the official Microsoft‘s website and download the ISO file. Prepare a USB drive, which contains at least 4 GB space, and create a bootable Windows 10 installation media. You may also use Windows 10 DVD. If you already have one, please proceed to the next step.
- Plug-in USB or insert your DVD with the Windows Installation Media and boot up your PC.
- Navigate to “This PC” and right-click on the USB or DVD drive, i.e. the one that contains the Windows Installation Media.
- Select “Open” and click on the ”Setup.exe” file.
- Click “Yes” on the User Account Control window.
- Now you should see a window with the following options:
Download and install updates (recommended)
Not right now
It’s advisable to select the “Download and install updates (recommended)” option, except that to execute this command, your PC has to be connected to the Internet.
Besides, if you are not willing to share the information about the currently executed Windows 10 installation with Microsoft, make sure to uncheck the “I want to help make the installation of Windows better” box at the bottom of the window.
- Once you are ready, click “Next.”
- If you have chosen the “Download and install updates (recommended),” be patient and wait while the system searches for the updates.
- When the new window with the License terms occurs, read everything carefully and then press “Accept” to proceed.
- Then the system will automatically verify if your PC is compatible with Windows 10 and if the storage on it is sufficient. If everything is OK, you should see a window saying “Ready to install.” Click the “Change what to keep” link.
- If you want to keep personal files, select “Keep personal files and apps” or “Keep personal files only” option and press “Next.”
- Click “Install” button to start the installation.
- When Windows 10 is reinstalled, you will have to select the country, language, keyboard layout, and time zone. Make sure to do that correctly.
- Then you will have to sign in with your Microsoft account or if you don’t want to use it or don’t have it, create a new local user account.
Recover files and other system components automatically
To recover your files and other system components, you can use free guides by ugetfix.com experts. However, if you feel that you are not experienced enough to implement the whole recovery process yourself, we recommend using recovery solutions listed below. We have tested each of these programs and their effectiveness for you, so all you need to do is to let these tools do all the work.