Reinstall Windows and Apps

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  1. Reset PC
  2. Clean install (alternative)
  3. Customise Windows
  4. Install essential drivers
  5. Install apps

Reset PC

Go to System > Recovery > Reset PC.

  • Select Remove everything (or Keep my files if you don’t have a backup).
  • Select Cloud download (or Local reinstall if available).
  • Review current reset settings (or change if necessary) and then hit Next to continue.

Wait for the system to get ready.

  • Once it’s ready, click Reset to start preparing (downloading installation files).

Wait for the download to complete. Once it’s done, your computer will automatically restart.

  • Keep your computer on.
  • Wait for the reset process to complete.
  • Follow the prompts to configure Windows and complete the installation.

Clean install (alternative)

Unplug all devices from the CPU except the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and ethernet cable.

  • Plug in your Windows installer thumb drive.
  • Restart PC and press F8 to boot from thumb drive.
  • Select Windows (64-bit) to install.
  • Click Install Windows.
  • Select installation drive and format drive (be sure not to format other drives).
  • Follow the prompts to configure Windows and complete the installation.

Once it’s complete, run Windows Update to install missing/critical updates.

Customise Windows

  • Select Dark theme (personalisation > themes).
  • Enable HDR and Auto HDR (system > display).
  • Schedule Night Light (system > display).
  • Rename PC (system > about).
  • Enable File History (control panel > system and security)

Install essential drivers

Use Edge (or install Chrome) to start downloading and installing apps.

  • AMD Chipset Drivers – for ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) X570 motherboard.
  • Armoury Crate – to manage and optimize ASUS devices.
  • GeForce Experience – for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.
  • NZXT Cam – for Kraken Z3 AIO liquid cooler with LCD display.
  • Logitech G HUB – for G915 keyboard and G560 speakers.
  • Razer Synapse – for Razer Viper Ultimate and Mouse Dock Chroma.
  • SteelSeries GG – for Arctic Pro Wireless and QCK Prism Cloth XL.
  • Synology Assistant – to reconnect NAS and map network drive.

Open Microsoft Store > Library and install updates.

Install essential apps

  • 1Password – password manager.
  • WorkFlowy – for note taking and organizing information.
  • 4K Capture Utility – for Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2
  • Stream Deck – for Elgato Stream Deck XL
  • Control Center – for Elgato Key Light
  • Steam Client – for PC games.
  • OBS – for recording PC/PS5 games.
  • HP Smart – for HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

Install social media apps

  • WhatsApp
  • Messenger

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