Windows 10 To Soon Start Testing ‘Cloud Download’ Feature to Recover PCs


Unlike Apple’s macOS, which only releases a major update each year, Microsoft likes to keep Windows fanboys in the loop. The Redmond giant gives them a chance to test out several new Windows 10 features before their official release. The Insiders, as they’re called, just received a fresh new build and it reveals a new feature Microsoft is currently working on.

Microsoft is taking cues from its arch-nemesis Apple, who it mocks with a new Surface advert, to make it simpler to recover/restore your Windows 10 PCs via the cloud. Called Cloud Download, this new feature will enable Windows 10 users to download the backup copy of its OS from the cloud and reinstall the same to repair their corrupted or slow PCs.

Apple macOS users have had access to a cloud recovery feature for quite some time now. Mac users can quickly restore their Macs from the cloud – without much effort. Microsoft has been testing a similar feature on its Surface hardware lineup, of recent. It seems the preliminary tests have proven to be a success as this feature will soon be extended to all Windows 10 users.

Microsoft references the ‘Cloud Download’ feature in its latest Insider blog post. It states that testers running the latest build #18950 may notice references to “Cloud Download” under Recovery settings. The feature hasn’t been enabled and won’t be operational right now, adds the blog post. This new feature doesn’t replace any existing recovery methods but instead, will sit alongside them – pushing more users to create backups and upload a copy to the cloud.

Note: We’re currently in the process of installing the latest build on our Windows 10 PC. We will update this story with more information or screenshots if we stumble across the references.

This feature should be available to Insider for testing within a month or two. As for the official release, we could expect to see the cloud recovery feature debut with the major Windows 10 20H1 update. It will be released for everyone in Spring 2020, i.e March to June next year. We still have a lot of time before we get to experience this new feature ourselves.





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