A week ago, a leak of Windows 10 preview build 18950 pointed to an upcoming feature that would allow users to keep a copy of Windows 10 in the cloud. This “Cloud Download” would allow easy installation of the platform should the user require a reset or fix.
It seems Microsoft has been working on the feature for some time, or at least had previous plans to develop something similar. According to Albacore, the feature currently downloads a version of Windows 10 Build 14393. That is a Redstone 1 release from way back in August 2016, a build Microsoft no longer supports.
In its current guise the Windows 10 cloud restore would only function as a reset option with networking already running.
Decided to check out the Cloud Reinstall feature @h0x0d mentioned & got it to work. Currently very barebones. For some odd reason it actually downloads RS1 / Build 14393. https://t.co/flkZuCxXOY pic.twitter.com/XEry3btVkM
— Albacore (@thebookisclosed) August 4, 2019
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We guess Microsoft would create a newer version of Windows available in the cloud. Indeed, the company already offers a similar service that is specific for the Surface Hub hardware. In its description for that solution, the company says:
“If for some reason the Surface Hub becomes unusable, you can still recover it from the cloud without assistance from Microsoft Support. The Surface Hub can download a fresh operating system image from the cloud, and use that image to reinstall its operating system.
You may have to use this type of recovery process under the following circumstances:
- The Surface Hub or its related accounts have entered an unstable state
- The Surface Hub is locked”
It will be interesting to see how Microsoft develops a similar feature for Windows 10 on any PC. As How-to Geek notes, this cloud restore feature could bear similarities to macOS' Time Machine, which lets users download a fresh version of the OS while automatically restoring cloud backups for documents, pictures, and system files.