Complete a Windows 8.1 Refresh

Complete a Windows 8.1 Refresh

by Jim Hillier for Daves Computer Tips

Those upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 should learn how to do a PC Refresh.–PC Pitstop.

What is PC Reset and PC Refresh

Windows 8 introduced two very useful features named PC Reset and PC Refresh. While PC Reset will return your system to a “just out of the box” state PC Refresh is much more versatile, and with the right preparation renders PC Reset completely unnecessary.

PC Reset – Also known as Push Button Reset, returns the system to a factory fresh state. Think of this as dropping a nuclear bomb on the OS and everything returns to square one. No installed apps, personal files, settings, or programs.

PC Refresh – Returns your system to the state of the last refresh image made. If you rely on Microsoft’s default configuration this will mean that Metro apps, personal files and settings will be restored. However, if you create a custom refresh image everything will be restored including; desktop programs, personal files, Metro apps, Windows, and settings. It is therefore highly recommended that you create a custom refresh image when your system is in good working order so you get the full benefit of the PC Refresh function.

Note: I highly recommend you create a custom refresh image before you find yourself in a situation where you actually need to use it. This is especially true for Windows 8 users who have upgraded to Windows 8.1 using the Windows Store. You can find instructions to do so here.

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2 thoughts on “Complete a Windows 8.1 Refresh”

  1. hello, did the whole 8.1 upgrade from app store ,all seamed good til the next restart all laptop will do is go to an olive blank screen and nothing else so my suggestion back-up everything before or stick with windows 8 , my personal opinion is microsoft missed again with win 8 just like vista o/p system , if you like the apps stuff stick with an smartphone , windows 7 is 10 times the o/p system than win 8 , thats my opinion i,m sticking with

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