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Restore, Refresh, or Reset your PC on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
Restore, Refresh, or Reset your PC on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
11-14-2013 - 12:45 PM
 TerryNet
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This tutorial applies to Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1

You can try to restore, refresh, or reset your PC if you're having problems with it.

- Restore: System Restore is a recovery feature in Windows 8 that allows you to restore your computer to a previous state. Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you've made. Go to Restoring

- Refresh: Refresh tool enables you to get Windows 8 to reinstall itself onto your computer. Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files and settings. It also keeps the apps that came with your PC and the apps you installed from the Windows Store. Go to Refreshing

- Reset: Resetting your PC re-installs Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC. With Push Button Reset, Microsoft has finally solved the "PC rot" problem once and for all, providing Windows 8 users with a way to non-destructively refresh their computer without losing data, apps, or settings, or reset PCs to their initial, factory-fre. Go to Resetting

How to Restore, Refresh, or Reset your PC?

How to Restore on Windows 8, 8.1

If you think an app or driver that you recently installed caused problems with your PC, you can restore Windows back to an earlier point in time, called a restore point. System Restore doesn’t change your personal files, but it might remove recently installed apps and drivers.

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1. System Restore isn't available for Windows RT 8.1.
2. Windows automatically creates a restore point when you install desktop apps and new Windows updates, if the last restore point is older than 7 days. You can also create a restore point manually at any time.

To restore your PC to an earlier point in time:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)

       
  2. Enter Control Panel in the search box, and tap or click Control Panel.

       
  3. Enter Recovery in the Control Panel search box, and then tap or click Recovery.

       
  4. Tap or click Open System Restore, and then follow the instructions.

       


How to Refresh on Windows 8, 8.1

Refresh your PC without affecting your files

If your PC isn't performing as well as it once did, and you don't know why, you can refresh your PC without deleting any of your personal files or changing your settings.

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1. You might be asked to insert discs or recovery media that came with your PC. Check the info that came with your PC to see if your PC manufacturer provided these discs or media. In some cases, you might have created them when you first set up your PC.

2. If you upgraded your PC from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and your PC has a Windows 8 recovery partition, refreshing your PC will restore Windows 8. You’ll need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 after the refresh has finished.

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Apps you installed from websites and DVDs will be removed. Apps that came with your PC and apps you installed from the Windows Store will be reinstalled. Windows puts a list of removed apps on your desktop after refreshing your PC.

To refresh your PC:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings. (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

       
  2. Tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Recovery.

       
  3. Under Refresh your PC without affecting your files, tap or click Get started.

       
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.

How to Reset on Windows 8, 8.1

Resetting your PC: Remove everything and reinstall Windows

If you want to recycle your PC, give it away, or start over with it, you can reset it completely.

Quote:Notes

1. You might be asked to insert discs or recovery media that came with your PC. Check the info that came with your PC to see if your PC manufacturer provided these discs or media. In some cases, you might have created them when you first set up your PC.

2. If you upgraded your PC from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and your PC has a Windows 8 recovery partition, resetting your PC will restore Windows 8. You’ll need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 after the reset has finished.

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All of your personal files will be deleted and your settings will be reset. All apps that you installed will be removed. Only apps that came with your PC will be reinstalled.

To reset your PC:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings. (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

       
  2. Tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Recovery.

       
  3. Under Remove everything and reinstall Windows, tap or click Get started.

       
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.

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You'll be asked to choose whether you want to erase data quickly or thoroughly. If you choose to erase data quickly, some data might be recoverable using special software. If you choose to erase data thoroughly, this will take longer but it makes recovering data less likely.

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