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  1. #11


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    Windows 8 Pro


    Why call it Refresh when Re-install would also pretty much do the same thing, only diff would be that Refresh retains old windows as Windows.old and Reinstall will not. Which begs another question, when to and how to remove/delete this folder?

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by Bozz View Post
    Why call it Refresh when Re-install would also pretty much do the same thing, only diff would be that Refresh retains old windows as Windows.old and Reinstall will not. Which begs another question, when to and how to remove/delete this folder?
    Because refresh keeps all your documents and settings and store apps ( logins etc), where a re install would remove them completely.

    To remove Windows.old run the disc cleaner and click system files and it will re run with full admin rights. Old windows will then be selectable for deletion (with all install logs and temp files)
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  3. #13


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thank you again. How does this effect us if we have to re-install programs such as MS Office? I mean the serial has to be re-registered and could this not be a problem?
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  4. #14


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    Yes. It is not meant to be an ideal solution.

    I think it very sensible of MS to include it.

    It is there because many users will not make system images.

    A refresh is a bit less traumatic than a reinstall.

    A system image is always best.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 Pro


    No one has answered the question that if MS Office is re-installed will the files, settings and mail still be there where it was before the Refresh?
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  6. #16


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    Sorry, I don't use MS Office - maybe someone else can advise .

    It depends - I think refresh keeps your user reg hive intact - so if the Office settings are in there - then probably.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thank you. I am trying it now, as I need to get it up and running once again. I can report that I had to put in the serials again and it was checked online and activated. Will update if I can see files from previous install of Office intact especially mail.
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  8. #18


    I just had this problem this morning. Every program on my computer is gone except for the Windows Live Crap that I don't use. UGH...so tonight I reinstall the important stuff. I wish when Windows refers to installed programs as apps they would let you know. I'm 67 years old and sometimes the brain doesn't see stuff as quickly as it once did. LOL
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  9. #19


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 Pro


    You will find all documents, musci, photos intact. All installed programs will be gone so basically you have to reinstall most of the added software
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  10. #20


    Thanks Bozz. I'v figured that out and I'm glad the files are all intact. That would have been brutal.
    Ah well...live and learn. I looked for the System Restore but I just got Windows 8 about a week ago and I couldn't find the system restore. I went looking on this forum this morning and found out where to find it.

    Thanks again.
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