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Apr 29 2013   3:46PM GMT

Windows 8 Refresh and Reset – How to

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About the Author: Ed Jones works for Firebrand Training as a Content Strategist within the Marketing department. Ed spends his days thinking up topics for surveys, article titles and concepts for engaging infographics. You can check out a range of his most recent work via the Firebrand Press Page.

Ok, so in the last two posts we have covered Family Safety and File History in Windows 8. You should now have the power to prevent data loss and protect your kids whilst surfing the web, it’s time to move on to Refresh and Reset. This feature has been designed as an alternative to re-installation of Windows 8.

If you’ve ever had to re-install a Windows Operating Sytstem, that is if you can even find the original OS disk and the access key, then you know it’s a time consuming and often arduous task. Windows 8 has put Refresh and Reset at your fingertips to give you a powerful and quick alternative. So you’ve filled you PC to the brim, its lethargic and that little loading timer is driving you to despair, you now have two alternatives to the re-install.

Refresh – less severe of the two options, Refresh allows you to remove all downloaded applications and games whilst keeping all personal files and Windows Store purchases.

Reset – this is the more severe option, so consider carefully before using. This is a complete factory reset, no files, downloads or purchases, a fresh OS with default system settings in place. Good as new.

So lets learn how to put these features into action with the following infographic created by my colleagues at Firebrand Training.

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