Mar 6, 2013
It seems that Microsoft is borrowing some features from smartphones and tablets that was found to be very useful when a novice user is faced with difficult problems. Though some problems could be easy for others to solve, this could be different from a perspective of an early adopter of a particular gadget. Having said this, being knowledgeable that a particular feature exists would be beneficial especially if this feature can solve your problem. Also this will provide you another option that will save you from incurring extra costs by hiring a technical expert.
We all know that laptop and desktop PC’s were very prone to computer viruses that could damage important and sensitive files. Additionally the daily wear and tear could also lead to system files to become corrupted making your laptop or desktop computer slow or to behave differently. Though there are known solutions out there available for the taking, the steps involve could be tedious and highly technical for a normal user to perform. For example, some solutions might involve repairing Windows using the CD installer. But of course you need to manually re-install all the drivers again so that your computer will be at its best. Then after the re-installation process you have to customize again all the settings like wallpapers, themes, widgets etc. To simplify the restore process at least for the very tedious installation part, Microsoft has introduced new features in Windows 8 – Reset PC and Refresh PC.
The Reset PC as the name implies will restore everything back to Day 1, yes the day you first bought your Windows 8 machine. As I have said previously, this feature works similarly to ‘Reset to Factory Settings’ option found on smartphones and tablets today. So be careful if you are planning to use this feature because it will wipe all your data. Remember to make a backup copy of all your data on an external drive to avoid data loss.
How to Use “Reset PC” Option in Windows 8?
1. Move your mouse cursor to top-right corner to show Charms Bar. Alternatively, you can press Win+C keys together to access it.
2. Now click on Settings and then click on “Change PC settings” option.
3. It’ll open new Metro Control Panel screen. Click on “General” tab and in right-side pane, you’ll see “Remove everything and reinstall Windows” option.
4. Click on “Get started” button and Windows will show you Reset PC wizard.
5. Just follow the next set of instructions and your Windows will be restored back to its former glory.
On the other hand, there’s also the Refresh PC in Windows 8 that can help you to quickly recover from Windows system related problems. Why? Because this feature does not reset everything back to Day 1. Just like Reset PC, it will re-install Windows 8 but it will also keep your personal files as well as different desktop settings to be restored back after the installation. Take note that the personal settings and files are stored in a different location so you don’t have to worry about it. So here it is.
How to Use “Refresh PC” Option in Windows 8?
1. Similar to “Reset PC” option, “Refresh PC” option is also present in new Metro Control Panel screen. So first follow the same 1-3 steps given above to access “General” tab present in PC Settings screen.
2. Now in right-side pane, look for “Refresh your PC without affecting your files” option.
3. Click on “Get started” button and Windows will show the Refresh PC wizard.
4. Again, just follow the next set of instructions and your Windows will be restored back to its former glory.
Have you tried reinstalling Windows 8 from scratch? Tedious isn’t it? Would you give Reset PC and Refresh PC a try? Credit goes to Vishal Gupta for the instructions above.