Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Which is better ? Refresh PC or Clean Reinstall ?

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 x86

    Which is better ? Refresh PC or Clean Reinstall ?


    Which is better ? Refresh PC or Clean Reinstall ?​

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    Clean Reinstall will do a better job but it will do what it says. It will Clean whatever you put on your system since you installed the operating system. Refresh will remove that apps that you installed but will not delete the files you made with MS Word, Excel, etc.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    depends on what you want done
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 141
    Win 7 & Win 8


    I have don a clean install of win 8, I run into a problem with windows not being
    Activated, I still had to do a Refresh of win 8 in order to activate it.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 x86


    Is there difference in performance on those two options ?

    If there is which has better performance after I do the option ?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by lovus View Post
    Which is better ? Refresh PC or Clean Reinstall ?​
    Refresh your PC—Attempts to solve system problems by replacing system files without affecting user files (similar to what a repair install does WRT to system files at least under earlier Win versions). User files still should be backed up. Installed programs will have to be reinstalled except those from the Windows Store. A list of uninstalled programs is provided. Settings will be changed back to defaults. To do a refresh, you will need to have install media.” ”Install media” include an install disc, or course, an ISO, and perhaps a flash drive set up to install. Advantages--Leaves your user files on disk; they still should be backed up. Leaves programs from Windows Store installed. Let's you know which apps might cause you problems; uninstalls them.

    Clean Reinstall--System reinstalled fresh; settings back to defaults. Allows partitioning and formatting before install (some lesser things too). Requires install media as above. Advantages--Allows partitioning and formatting before install (some other less frequently needed things too). Might do a better job of providing a clean system, but I doubt it

    Which is better? Your choice. Might as well try a refresh first unless the need/desire to partition or format is present.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Neither of those is better than simply creating a system image on a separate drive using Windows file recovery, when things go bad use that.

    If you create the image after you have installed all of your favorite programs it can save you hours of time.

    Of course this mostly applies to a desktop PC's where you have room for extra drives.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 x86


    That's my plan too . After I refresh or reinstall my Windows 8, I'll update it and install my fav programs then I'll create a system image because they tell me it costs about 20 minutes
    thanks for all suggestions .
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Posts : 23
    win 8.1 Pro (64-bit)


    I always clean-installed previous versions of Windows. However, after making a system image of my win 7 64-bit desktop PC setup in case of disasters(!), I did a "dirty" install of windows 8 (64-bit) over the win 7 installation to see what happened. It has worked without any hassles and had the advantage of leaving me with a desktop that looked exactly as it did under win 7. (Saved a great deal of time, too!!)
    Last edited by petesmst; 17 Dec 2012 at 08:09. Reason: Correction to a typo
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Which is better ? Refresh PC or Clean Reinstall ?
Related Threads
I need help here! What if you have to do a system refresh of your computer? Are you still able to download the update for 8.1?
Clean reinstall in Installation & Setup
Hi If I do a clean re instal of windows 8, will it move all my pics and bits to a windows old file or will it wipe them? Thanks.
I have a Dell Inspiron laptop which isn't performing too well these days.It is a year old and came preinstalled with Win 8.I had created a recovery media after purchasing. So i'm trying to refresh my laptop but i get this error,"Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery...
Hi a few days ago I saw a post by Brink, I think explaining the Refresh, Reinstall, Repair options, what they did and how to do them. I cannot find that post and would appreciate it if someone who knows could post a link for me. Thanks Daniel
Windows 8 OEM can't refresh/reinstall in Installation & Setup
Hi. I have an pre-installed W8 in my notebook. When I first got the PC, I got only C:/ partition so I needed D:/ and for doing this I used EaseUS Partition Manager. This is just a guess but I guess Windows can't find those recover partitions that are in my HDD. I haven't deleted those partitions...
So I posted about this in the past. I have had an issue for the last three months where I haven't been able to downgrade to Windows 7, or refresh or reset Windows 8. Everytime I try to do it, I get an error message saying that the hard drive is locked, or there are files missing. I tried to...
Solved Need an .iso to do a clean reinstall in Installation & Setup
So fun situation I find myself in, I purchased an SSD to install in my laptop (my laptop supports 2 hard drives). The laptop came preinstalled with windows 8, I do have back up images of my current set up, but the hard drive that I am currently using is much larger and has much more data than the...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook