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  1. #1

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    Winodws 8 Pro With Media Center

    Refresh windows 8

    i know refreshing windows 8 mean all programs get uninstalled but users file and metro apps are kept but what about windows featuers i have installed such iss and hyper v do they need be reinstalled aftered?

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  2. #2

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    win8.1.1 enterprise

    hi, i never had to do a refresh yet ,
    but this MSDN blog will explain it in detail for you , looks like Refresh is the choice you want ,good luck
    Refresh and reset your PC - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    See also:

    Refresh Windows 8

    Reset Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 11 Jul 2013 at 11:37. Reason: added tutorial links for more info
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  3. #3

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    [Genuine Custom Microsoft DOS 5.0 16Bit] & [Genuine Custom Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit]

    I tried out that reset feature, original install media required! Smooth sailing! after complete, seems to put everything into a folder called windows.old. One does not have full access of to this folder by default. ( Contents can be deleted or salvaged with proper owner rights. ) other than that if windows was activated it remains activated, all settings indeed go back to the default language, region, time, calander, windows layouts. "drivers". "features".

    I dont know what happens with installed updates as I did a reset before having installed any. (possible redownload whatever you had)forced by what you had during the process while connected?, could be a lenghty reset install if that where the case, would not be a real reset.

    RESET: Windows 8 without updates & and not connected to internet. = Fresh install. Awesome feature.
    No performance loss besides the defragmentation caused by the windows.old.

    Anyone tried out the refresh? (Would be good to know if it also removes drivers and features.) Could also be usefull, but I rather go the performance route with reset if possible.
    Last edited by iTRiP; 17 Nov 2013 at 11:36.
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  4. #4

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    It is a good feature for anyone who hasn't made an image of their system. Not as good as an image restore, but better than than nothing. Ms have removed their imaging gui from 8.1, there are plenty of free versions which are better:

    AOMEI Backupper ? free disk imaging and cloning software, backup and recovery for your computer.
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  5. #5

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    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Windows features will not be preserved, because you basically get a clean OS. See also my post on what you actually retain with refresh to avoid unpleasant surprises.
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