Windows 10 Cloud Recovery Options with 20H1 Updates

Windows 10 cloud recovery options shall be available with 20H1 updates. You might be able to recover Windows 10 from the cloud without any bootable USB drive.

Let’s look into Windows 10 on-device recovery and cloud enhancements in the recovery process.

NOTE! – This is the information Suma Sagane Gowda & Steve Diacetis shared in the MS Ignite session. More details about the session are below.

In Ignite 2019, Microsoft showed how to recover Windows 10 OS from the cloud. Like macOS devices, Windows 10 devices can recover from the cloud and get content from the Windows Update service.

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On-disk recovery is the normal method we have used in Windows since Windows 8 and Windows 10 early days. Microsoft shared the following details about Cloud recovery in Ignite 2019.

On-Device Recovery

  • Image-less reinstall of Windows
  • Leverages DISM/restore health options to fix corruption
  • Option to keep your files or remove everything
  • On-device recovery can be initiated from Settings, Windows Recovery Environment, or Remotely.
  • Seamlessly persistent languages and drivers

Enhancements Cloud Recovery

  • Windows content shall be downloaded from the Windows update during the cloud recovery process.
  • Enhanced recovery helps when the on-device system files have severe corruption.
Windows 10 Cloud Recovery Options with 20H1 Updates - Fig.1
Windows 10 Cloud Recovery Options with 20H1 Updates – Fig.1

The following table contains the features of Cloud Recovery

FeatureDescription
On-device recovery> Imageless reinstall of Windows
> Leverages DISM /restore health to fix corruption
> Option to keep your files or remove everything
> It can be initiated from Settings, Windows Recovery
Environment or remotely
> Seamlessly persist languages and drivers
Continuing investments in Windows recovery> During the recovery process, download Windows from
Windows Update
> Enables recovery even when the on-device system files
have severe corruptions
> Available in 20H1
Windows 10 Cloud Recovery Options with 20H1 Updates – Table 1

Windows 10 Cloud Recovery

Let’s see how to start the cloud recovery options from a Windows 10 20H1 device. Following are the steps you can follow:

  • Settings – Update & Security – Recovery
  • Click on Get Started
Windows 10 Cloud Recovery Options with 20H1 Updates - Fig.2
Windows 10 Cloud Recovery Options with 20H1 Updates – Fig.2
  • Choose an option to recover
    • Keep my files
    • Remove everything
  • How would you like to reinstall Windows?
    • Cloud Downloaded – Download and reinstall Windows.
    • Local reinstall
  • Click on the Next additional information page to continue
    • Initial estimate approx 4GB of data downloaded from the internet?
Windows 10 Cloud Recovery Options with 20H1 Updates - Fig.3
Windows 10 Cloud Recovery Options with 20H1 Updates – Fig.3
  • Microsoft Time countdown to download the content starts now.
    • Windows 10 Cloud Recovery – Download the content.
  • Click on the Reset button on the summary page to start the download
  • Preparing to reset
    • Downloading 96%
    • This device will automatically restart
Windows 10 Cloud Recovery Options with 20H1 Updates - Fig.4
Windows 10 Cloud Recovery Options with 20H1 Updates – Fig.4

Result

The below given image shows you the installation of Windows. It will take a while.

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Windows 10 Cloud Recovery Options with 20H1 Updates - Fig.5
Windows 10 Cloud Recovery Options with 20H1 Updates – Fig.5

Session – Windows 10 Rollback

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Author

Anoop C Nair is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.

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