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Effectiveness of Using PC "Reset" to solve specific issue

  1. #1

    Posts : 50
    Windows 8

    Effectiveness of Using PC "Reset" to solve specific issue

    I've had a problem discussed in depth here:

    A system restore did not work. PC "refresh" did not work (got me crazy). I've done a number of checks/scans (CHKDSK/ScanDisk, sfc /scannow, Windows Defender, TDSSKILLER, and Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit) without any threats/errors occurring (I know it's not an exhaustive list.). I'm at my wits' end.

    Simply, I understand that "reset" (Reset Windows 8) supposedly (and I'll get to why I say that) removes everything and reinstalls.

    Assuming this is a copy of the Windows 8 that was originally activated the first day I used my computer, I should be by the above definition be able to go back and rebuild what had been a system without this problem for about five months (length of time since purchased, approx.). I also have burned recovery DVDs from the first day of use.

    There must have been a reason that "Refresh" didn't help. It's beyond me.

    To all of you, is this Reset as good as the old reinstallation from discs that I'd done, for example, on XP in the past?

    Do I need to wipe everything or can I just do the quick (just remove files, not fully clean) reset?

    I can't imagine anything outside of the OS causing my situation. Can anyone? Is there any way with "Reset" (assuming not an OS issue alone) that the problem can migrate to the new "installation?" I've never updated the BIOS or any such thing.

    Any advice here? Thanks.
    Last edited by CPWin8; 30 Jun 2013 at 06:08.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 21,851
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello CP,

    When you reset Windows 8, it will be the same as doing a clean install of Windows 8. Other than backing up anything that you do not want to lose first, you would only need to do what's in the tutorial.

    Reset Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
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  3. #3

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,884
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    You should use Windows Easy Transfer to backup your Programs and Dos and Settings.
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