Microsoft Details Factory Reset And Refresh Features In Windows 8

Microsoft today detailed two new features in Windows 8, Refresh and Reset. Many people often find it hard to refresh their PC’s to their original state by losing the recovery disc and other issues. In Windows 8, there are two new features that will solve this problem,

  • Reset your PC – Remove all personal data, apps, and settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows.
  • Refresh your PC – Keep all personal data, Metro style apps, and important settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows.

Microsoft also detailed the time required to do the above process,

Recovery operation

Time required

Refreshing the PC

8 minutes 22 seconds

Resetting the PC (quick)

6 minutes 12 seconds

Resetting the PC (thorough, with BitLocker enabled)

6 minutes 21 seconds

Resetting the PC (thorough, without BitLocker)

23 minutes 52 seconds

Impressive ! !

Read more at Building Windows 8 Blog.

  • Anonymous

    Very awesome feature.

  • Anonymous

     Historically, Windows PCs experienced tremendous degradation of performance with age. The only way to beat it was to re-install the OS. Hopefully, now we wouldn’t need to go through it again. Cheers to Microsoft.

    • Rudolph098

      Unfortunatley i have to disagree with you, with free softwares such as Crap cleaner that removes junk and regularly software update windows can run like a charm as if it were brand new. how do i know?, because i am using an almsot 5 yr old computer.

  • Anonymous

    Why is it faster with BitLocker enabled? Seems to me the encryption layer would slow it down, rather than speed it up.

    • Ris Oyt

      I think that since the files are already encrypted, the OS quickly erases it like option 1, and the user doesn’t need to worry about it being recovered since anything recovered is encrypted.

    • Anonymous

      It probably just changes the encryption keys, marks the disk space as usable again and leaves the data technically intact.  Since it can’t be recovered, why bother actually erasing it?

  • Bob

    I would like to see the system making a recovery disk in a hidden inaccessible partition of the hard drive so when a virus or malware takes over the PC you can do a reboot from the hidden sector that can restart the system and optionally wipe out the corrupted drive.  This is what is desperately needed to resolve the ever present problem of system crashes or takeovers of viruses.