Windows 8 features – refresh and reset your PC

Months back, when Microsoft has released its official Windows 8 Developer Preview Build, we presented the best elements out of the Windows 8 keynote and among them, there were some cool options such as to refresh and reset your PC. This means that you can removes all personal data, apps, and settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows using the Reset option or, keep all personal data, Metro style apps, and important settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows using the Refresh option.

In some cases, you might just want to remove everything and start from scratch manually. But in other cases, you’re removing your data from a PC because you’re about to recycle or decommission it. For both of these situations, you can easily reset your Windows 8 PC and put the software back into the same condition as it was when you started it for the very first time (such as when you purchased the PC). Reset is mainly for those who want everything wiped from their computer to ensure your drive doesn’t contain any personal data before you give it away or sell it.

For those of you who worry about data that may still be recoverable after a standard reset, especially on PCs with sensitive personal data, there will be also an option in Windows 8 to erase your data more thoroughly, with additional steps that can significantly limit the effectiveness of even sophisticated data recovery attempts.

Resetting your PC can take you back to square one if you encounter a problem, but that’s clearly a very heavy weight solution, something you’d only do as a last resort. But what if you could get the benefit of a reset – starting over with a fresh Windows install – while still keeping your stuff intact? This is where Refresh comes in handy. Refresh functionality is just like resetting your PC but your data, settings, and Metro style apps are preserved.

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