If you are a regular Microsoft Windows user, then chances are pretty high that you would have reinstalled your operating system at least once. Be it any of the platforms from Microsoft, the OS aground for a variety of reasons including viruses, missing files and corrupted files. But Microsoft in its latest roll out of Windows 8 has brought forward a solution for this. A feature called Refresh has been added, which lets you restore your operating system to the default condition, without loosing any of your personal files.
How do you refresh your system back to its default condition?
- On the Charms menu, open “Settings” and then “Change PC Settings”.
- Navigate on the “General” tab to the bottom of the list and select “Refresh your PC without affecting your files” and then click on “Get Started”.
- Windows will prompt you to be sure if you want to Refresh or not, click on the “Next” button if you are sure.
- Insert the Windows 8 installation disk when prompted to and follow the instructions you see on the screen to complete the Refresh process.
- You can see that the computer restarts a few times, and finally show a Refresh complete page.
The refresh feature in Windows 8 restores all the system settings to default. Much like the “Restore to factory settings” feature you find on phones, Windows 8 can roll back to the default settings, and keep all your personal files and apps installed from Windows store. As an added advantage, Windows also provides a “Removed Apps.html” file on your new desktop, which contains all the uninstalled programs on your system. The file also contains hyperlinks to the download pages of most of these programs. This lets you quickly download all the necessary programs and install them after a Refresh.
Additionally if you visit your C: drive you will find a folder called “Windows.old”. This folder contains all the program files, old drivers and directories from your previous system. Hence you also get to restore any previous additional settings for a program from this list.
Windows 8 installation copies all your personal files and keeps them aside before reinstalling Windows 8, after which all the personal files are restored. Any applications installed from the Windows store are also restored this way. Its features like these, that sets Windows 8 apart from the rest of the platforms out there.