Adam has a question about Windows 10:  “I had Windows 8.1 on my computer, but now I upgraded to Windows 10. When I need to refresh or reset my computer and it reinstalls windows, which version will I get, 8.1 or 10? I believe 10, right?”

You’ll reset to Windows 10.

The  reset function of Windows 10 is a really neat feature of the operating system. If your PC is slow or having some kind of strange glitch, this just might take care of it. Let’s take a look at how it works.  Go to settings and select Update & Security. Then choose Recovery options.  Then choose Reset this PC.


You can then choose whether or not you want to keep your files and then reinstall windows. Even if you do choose to keep your files, you’ll lose your settings and your apps. That means you’ll have to reset any custom settings and also reinstall any apps.


It’s also a great way to get around bloatware that is sometimes installed on PCs to subsidize the cost.

So if you buy a new PC and bring it home, before you transfer any of your files from your old PC to it, you can do a reset to restore it to the factory version of Windows 10. Any additional add-ons or trial programs will be gone. But you’ll want to do this before you add any new files or programs.

If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10,   you do have the option of going back to your previous version of Windows for the first 30 days after installation.

~ Cynthia