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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
Windows 10 Refresh
This past weekend I had the experience of running a complete Windows Refresh on a laptop. This process gives you a clean install of Windows on your machine that may be running sluggish or having other issues. I chose this option because there were multiple problems that I couldn’t resolve another way.
Going through the refresh was a lengthy undertaking. I chose the option to keep all personal files on the computer, so I didn’t have to reload all my documents, favorites, and pictures. Refresh does however remove all programs and Apps that you have installed since the computer was new. Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, Zoom, etc. were all removed during the process and had to be reloaded. Before the refresh is starting you are presented with a complete list of everything that will be removed. It’s important to make a list of those items that you want to reinstall.
Before running the refresh, I did a complete backup on the machine. Even though I chose to keep my files in place, I didn’t want to take the chance of losing anything. I also made sure that I have passwords and account information for everything that I would need to reinstall. Microsoft Office for instance has an account name and password so that I could reinstall it without buying it again.
The process itself took around three hours for Windows to be reset and ready to use again. Once it was complete, I was happy to see that all my files were still there. I was able to reinstall all my programs and get back up and running about an hour after the refresh was complete. So far it seems my initial problems have been resolved by the refresh. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Even though successful, this is an option that I would use only after exhausting all other troubleshooting efforts.
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from Robert Aydelot: 2019-April 2020