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How to Use Windows 8’s Recovery and Refresh Features?

A main concern of an everyday user is the security and stability of his/her computer. For security, one you will have to dig deep for anti-virus reviews and firewall protectors; stability is a role that has to be played by the operating system. Until now, some Windows users could only define stability by the number of hardware formats and OS re-installation they've carried out in a year. Ranging from one or two to many, recovering from a major loss was a difficult thing to do in previous versions.

Windows 8 will erase all these bad thoughts, by introducing the Recovery and Refresh features. From now on, when the operating system is heavily damaged, you may forget about booting the computer in safe mode and opting for reversing past changes, popping the CD for a repair action and worst, formatting the hard drive and doing a clean install.

Recovery feature will bring your Windows to a factory state, like doing a hard reset procedure on a cellphone. For those who simply do not want to part with their personal data, the Refresh feature gently cleans everything needed for the OS to run, leaving untouched any individual files while deleting any 3rd party application.

If you run in some trouble, it is advised you use the Refresh function instead of Recovery, as Recovery will erase everything in the computer except Windows's core files. Now let's learn how to use them.

How to Refresh in Windows 8?

Refreshing a computer will make the OS look for any damaged registries or lost core files and try to reestablish stability. If any errors are detected, Windows 8 will correct these errors and will NOT remove any personal files, like documents, videos and music, found inside the Library folder. Applications from the Windows Store will be kept while those from other sources will be removed. Just to be safe, before continuing it's advised you use the backup system.

1. The get to the Refresh option, click on the Control Panel tile in the Metro UI.

2. Now click on the General menu and in the bottom-right corner you should see the Refresh option. Click on the "Get Started" button.

3. A screen advising of future modifications will appear. Review the list in detail and then click the Next button, followed by Refresh. The system will reboot and the process will be over in a couple of minutes.

How to Reset in Windows 8?

As we advised you above, resetting the PC will completely wipe out everything and return the system to a factory state. All your files will be lost so proceed with caution.

1. Go to the Control Panel using the Metro style desktop.

2. Click on the General menu.

3. In the bottom right corner you should see the Reset feature. Click on Get Started.

4. Approve the changes by clicking Next.

5. Push the Reset button once you are ready and the system will reboot followed by a "big wipe".

6. Once the PC settles, you will be prompted to enter all personal details, like the product key (a section that can be skipped), a username, etc.

Those wanting to go for a more advanced approach can access the Boot Menu under the Troubleshoot window in Control panel, where more advanced tools are located.