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Must-known Tips about Refreshing and Resetting Windows 8/8.1 PC

Jan. 28, 2014 12:12 pm / Posted by Jenefey Aaron to Windows Tips
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Many Window system problems could be fixed by reinstalling Windows. And in Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 8, you could choose either to refresh Windows 8 or reset Windows 8. Both refresh and reset will remove and then clean install Windows 8 in a very fast manner, returning the OS to its default configuration and fix Windows system problems.

This tips covered in this post apply to both Windows 8 PC and PC with the latest Windows 8.1 update.

Refresh Windows 8 V.S. Reset Windows 8

Refresh preserves your files and installed Modern programs, while Reset removes everything (personal files, apps, settings, etc.) on your system. The chart below might give you a general idea about what will happen after you refresh Windows 8 and reset Windows 8.

Refresh Windows 8 Reset Windows 8
Your Files and personalization settings won't change All your personal files and apps will be removed
Your PC settings will be changed back to their defaults Your PC settings will be changed back to their defaults
Apps from Windows Store will be kept  
Apps you installed from discs or websites will be removed  
A list of removed apps will be saved on your desktop  

Note: If you reset Windows 8 computer and get all personal files deleted, Data Recovery Professional could get all your lost files back with ease.

How to refresh or reset your Windows 8/8.1 PC

Before you get started, read the above chart carefully and then decide whether to refresh Windows 8 or reset Windows 8. Steps to refresh Windows 8 PC and reset Windows 8 PC are slightly different.

Choose "Just remove my files" if you're just to reset the PC for your own use, which is faster. Choose "Fully clean the drive" if you are about to sell or give your PC to someone else and you want to ensure that they can't use a PC forensics utility to mine data off the supposedly erased hard drive. It's much more time consuming than the first option, but also makes your PC safe for transfer to a new owner.

Refreshing Windows 8 and resetting Windows 8 is not the only feature of Windows 8. If you are with Windows 8 now, you could use Microsoft account to log into your computer! And we have a post on How to Reset Microsoft Account Password, which tells you how to change this password for security concern and how to reset it when you forget it.

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