Windows 8 is getting increasingly popular as a result people are surfing through the internet to know more about it and to unlock some the additional features of it. Heading with this, we are we would like to tell you drive you in a situation when your OS has Windows 8 OS has crashed, no out there to help? Do not worry; we are always here for your help. It is a part of the Windows experience. Microsoft is too aware of the fact and keeping this in mind they have included a “System Restore” feature to enable you to easily restore a previous working version when the system goes down.
Windows 7 came with an advanced feature called “Previous Versions”. Similarly Windows 8 included a “Refresh” feature which is able to repair and even re-install Windows.
Refresh feature has only one work to perform and that is to reset the core of Windows to the default settings while keeping you essential data’s and applications safe. We are telling you how you can use the Refresh feature:
Step 1: First of all, go to Settings Search by pressing Windows Key + W.
Step 2: Here search for “Refresh your PC” and then select.
Step 3: Next, you will see a full screen pop-up window of Refresh on your PC. There would be everything written on the screen that, what will happen if you continue with Refresh feature, just read them and then proceed:
- Your files and personalization settings won’t change.
- Your PC settings will be changed back to their defaults.
- Apps from Windows Store will be kept installed. Their settings will also remain intact.
- If any apps need to be removed, a list of removed apps will be saved on the Desktop.
Step 4: As soon as you press the “Next” button, Windows will make you system ready for Refresh.
Step 5: Now, when you click on the Refresh button, the process of Refresh will start.
Step 6: You will see that your PC has restarted and then will continue with the Refresh process and you will be able to login after the final restart has took place.
In the background, your PC restarts into Windows RE (Recovery Environment), scans the drives for personal data, app settings etc. and also saves them separately. Further, a fresh copy and app settings get restored on to their previous place.
What Gets Preserved?
In applying the Refresh feature what exactly will happen and will be changed, let’s see:
- Network and Wireless connection settings including their security keys etc. If the computer is a part of Workgroup or a Domain, it will need to be rejoined after refresh.
- BitLocker and BitLocker To Go Settings
- Personalization settings like Desktop wallpaper, logon screen etc.
The following settings will not be preserved:
- All Desktop applications including their data and settings.
- File type associations.
- Display settings.
- Windows Firewall settings.
Customize Windows 8 Refresh:
You must have noticed that all the desktop applications and installed software except the Metro based apps are removed in the process. For fixing this, create a baseline Windows 8 Refresh image. As soon as we have created this image, Windows Refresh will revert to this image which will include all the required software.
It is essential that the baseline Windows Refresh image should be created on a new install of Windows 8.
Step 1: As soon as Windows 8 installation has completed, install all the applications and software that are needed for your requirements and will need even after using Windows Refresh.
Step 2: Now, open command prompt window with administrative privileges by pressing Windows Key + X + A.
Step 3: Enter the command that follows in the command prompt window:
recimg -CreateImage C:\RefreshImage
Step 4: On pressing enter after entering the above command, the image creation process will start. The process may take a long time to complete depending upon the size of your installed applications.
Step 5: A Refresh image will be created in “C:\RefreshImage” and you can change the directory as per you requirements.
Step 6: As soon as the image creation process has completed, the recimg utility will automatically register the latest snapshot as you current Refresh image. If it is not so or if you have multiple images, you can select one of the images as current Refresh image by using the command given below:
recimg /setcurrent C:\RefreshImage
Here “C:\RefreshImage” can be any directory path which has the refreshimage.wim file.
Reset and Refresh:
These two tools in Windows 8 can be used to reset Windows 8 to a previous state, one being the Reset feature and the other one being Refresh. Both of the features are quite different from each other even though their purposes are very similar to each other:
- If you are having problems with your Windows 8 computer, you can use the Refresh function because it will preserve your application data and settings.
- If you want to completely wipe out everything and start with a fresh installation of Windows 8, then you should choose the Reset feature. Reset feature is like re-formatting the Windows drive and then installing Windows 8 again. Nothing will be saved.
The Reset feature can be useful in many cases where it is needed to re-install Windows 8 which can be done without DVD-ROM or a USB Flash drive using the Reset feature.
Reset feature is similar to Refresh feature. How to use it?
Follow the steps below to learn, how to use it:
Step 1: First of all, open the Windows Charms Bar by pressing Windows Key + C then go to Settings > Change PC Settings.
Step 2: Now, go to General menu and scroll down to select “Remove everything and reinstall Windows”.
Step 3: Next, select on the “Get Started” button which will take you to the Windows Reset screen.
Step 4: Now, by clicking on the “Next” button will prepare your system for resetting. If there are more than one drive in your PC, you will see another dialog where you can select whether to “wipe out all the hard drive” or any selected drive.
Step 5: Your PC will restart in Windows RE mode and re-install Windows 8. You will get a fresh installation of Windows 8 when the process completes.
It is advised that you take backup all your data before you are about to try any of the processes. Hope, you benefit more out of the article. Do let us know if you have any issues, we will try to solve the same.
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