Getting the most out of Windows 8 – Refresh and Reset

This has always been the case when using your PC, waiting 10 minutes for the PC to boot, or 30 seconds to a minute for programs to open is simply not an option in 2013. Yet we fill our computers with virtual tat in the form of once downloaded never used programs and files from a decade ago locked away in a file you are no longer even aware of. As disk space is eroded and programs fill the boot up process, speed and performance ultimately begin to suffer and frustration kicks in.

Where’s that install disk?
In the past both system admins and home users would set about the process of re-installing their operating system. Wiping the hard drive and setting the clock back to zero, both a difficult and timely process. That is of course if you can find the installation and the dig through draws of old manuals and papers to find the once read, long forgotten access key.

Users have had enough, and Windows 8 has the answer with Windows 8 Refresh and Reset…

The alternative to re-installation
This new quick and easy to administer function in Windows 8 is a god send, so your PC is slowing down and file space is gone, what do you do, what do you do? (that’s a Keanu Reeve’s speed reference, not a typo) So lets look at the two options in a little more detail:

Refresh – this is the softer approach, retain all your files folders and purchased apps from the windows store whilst ridding yourself of all installed programs whilst resetting your PC settings.

Reset – the more extreme approach, effectively you reset the system to it’s starting point removing all files, folders, programs and purchased applications whilst simultaneously returning your PC setting to default.

How do I do that?
So now you know how refresh and reset works, let’s learn how to use it. Why not follow this how-to graphic below, the content for which was written by resident Windows 8 expert Gary Fildes.

Having followed the graphic you should now be fully capable of implementing a light refresh or full reset to your system. Handy whether you want to rid yourself of a few programs or start again.

If you have any questions, or want to learn about a specific Windows 8 function, why not drop us a comment?