This will show you how to use a new feature in Windows 8
and Windows 8.1
to Refresh your PC
to keep all personal data, Metro style apps, and important settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows.
If a recovery image provided by your PC's manufacturer is present, Windows 8 will use that image when you refresh your PC. Otherwise, Windows 8 will use your installation media when you refresh your PC.
feature is something close to like what doing a repair install
in Windows 7 and Vista was for, but made a lot easier, faster, and safer to do now in Windows 8.
You must be signed in as an administrator
to be able to do the steps in this tutorial. Refreshing your PC goes like this
- The PC boots into Windows RE (Recovery Environment).
- Windows RE scans the hard drive for your data, settings, and apps, and puts them aside (on the same drive).
- Windows RE installs a fresh copy of Windows.
- Windows RE restores the data, settings, and apps it has set aside into the newly installed copy of Windows.
- The PC restarts into the newly installed copy of Windows.