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    PATCH WATCH Fixing a misbehaving computer By Susan Bradley Hitting the wall with Windows updates can be extremely frustrating and even scary. But mach
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      I think I understand, but just to be clear: if I follow the third method (download an installation ISO from MS, mount it and run setup.exe) this will allow me to reinstall Windows, but keep all my existing data and applications (MS-Office, Zoom etc etc)?

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        Yes, that is a the way you do a repair install over the top by running setup.exe that is in the mounted ISO from within a running Windows installation. Be sure your ISO is the same Edition (Home or Pro), version (Win10, Win11. etc) and bittage (32-bit or 64-bit) as your current installation.

        BUT, BEFORE that, be sure you make a full disk image backup and also a file backup of your data. Otherwise, if it fails, you have no way to go back.

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          Thanks for that, will give it a go 🙂

          My data is backed up 6 ways from breakfast (primarily in OneDrive), but if I’m still stuck after the reinstall (or if I mess it up), I’ll revert to a full ‘bare disk’ rebuild, for which my PC is overdue TBH.  It’s just a case of finding a couple of days to do it in!

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      Not sure this totally fits in this topic but the last time I was on the MS page where you can download a W10 ISO, there was an option I hadn’t noticed before, a button/link for a Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. From what I could tell it facilitated an “upgrade” from, for example, W10 21H2 to W10 22H2; I assume something similar to an enablement package like KB5015684.

      Has anybody used or know more about this Upgrade Assistant?

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