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Finally, Internet Recovery on Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft finally seems set to give Windows 10 PCs and tablets a feature that has been available on Macs since 2011: Internet Recovery. Apple first provided a new recovery tool as part of OS X Lion back in July 2011, and it’s available for some mid-2010 Macs too. This allows users to do a complete macOS reinstall over the Internet without the need for any recovery media.

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macOS Recovery is part of the built-in recovery system of the Mac. One can start up from macOS Recovery and use its utilities to recover from certain software issues or take other actions on Mac.

Turn on your Mac and straightaway press and hold Command (⌘)-R or one in all the opposite macOS Recovery key combinations on your keyboard. Continue holding until you see the Apple logo or a spinning globe. Start-up is completed once you see the utilities window.

After starting up from macOS Recovery, select from these utilities, then click Continue [for two options]:

  • Restore from Time Machine Backup: Restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup of your Mac.
  • Reinstall macOS (or Reinstall OS X): Download and reinstall the Mac operating system.

All you need is a Wi-Fi connection to set up as a brand-new machine.

The Verge spotted a reference to the forthcoming feature in the release notes for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18950. The clue is tiny, but we’d agree that the meaning seems clear.

Insiders could notice some references to “Cloud download” relating to PC reset or refresh. This feature isn’t available and working quite yet. We’ll allow you to apprehend once it is, so you can try it out!

The site notes that Windows machines presently rely on a duplicate of the OS on a partition, with third-party tools required for cloud restore — though Microsoft has recently made it an official feature on Surface devices.

Microsoft has been using an identical feature for its Surface line-up recently, permitting the devices to “recover from the cloud” by downloading a duplicate of Windows 10 and reinstalling it.

‘Mac Book’ may be recommending people to get a Surface, but perhaps Apple should be welcoming Microsoft to 2011.

elicia

Elicia is a food and mobile tech industry enthusiast. She sleeps an eye open looking for industry updates and spends weekends fishing with her husband.
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