New Windows 10 preview adds recovery option from the cloud

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In the preview of Windows 10 20H1 – build 18970, Microsoft has added an option that makes it possible to reinstall the operating system via the cloud. In addition, there is a new desktop mode for tablet users.

Some users of Surface devices can already download Windows to reset their PCs instead of having to reinstall the operating system locally. With 20H1, this option should be available to all Windows 10 users, writes ZDNet.

The option installs the same build, version and edition of the operating system that is now on the user’s device. The Restore option deletes apps that users have installed. It is also possible to select Delete all, which also deletes data.

However, Microsoft has shown that the option to recover from the cloud does not work at this time when specific optional features are installed. These include all RSAT tools, the EMS and SAC Toolset for Windows 10, IrDA infrared, print management console, RAS Connection Manager Administration Kit, SNMP, Windows Fax and Scan, Windows Storage Management and Wireless Display WMI SNMP Provider.

New tablet option

The new build also includes a beta version of a tablet option for users of 2-in-1 devices. With this option it is possible to maintain desktop mode when the keyboard is disconnected or folded backwards.

Microsoft has made this possible by, among other things, increasing the space between the icons in the taskbar and automatically turning on the touch-keyboard when a user clicks on a text field. According to the company, the new option is only available for part of the Windows Insiders.

Finally, Build 18970 contains – in addition to various fixes and updates – a new, separate Cortana app. Cortana is Microsoft’s voice assistant. The app is available for Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring in the United States.