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Question Using applications on external ssd after windows restore

Feb 22, 2021
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I am currently having an issue with what seems to be a corrupt windows os. I want to either completely rreinstall windows or do a factory reset however I have all of my games and applications installed onto a 1tb external ssd. If I plug the USB ssd out and then do the factory reset, will I be able to boot the apps again after the reset or will I have to do a clean installation of the games again?
 
If WIndows is reinstalled or factory reset, apps and games that used to be installed are no longer installed/launchable, despite their presence on the external drive....

I'd not bother with a 'factory reset', as typically this installs an old version of WIndows, dooming oneself to several bouts of even longer WIndows feature updates; if you get the latest ISO on USB via the Media Creation Tool, it will ultimately save time.

Reinstallations are fine.
 

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