Windows 8 Refresh and Reset
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we are all so used to reformatting windows boxes every couple of years, especially for not-so-technically-savvy relatives’ machines infested with malware. refresh your pc is a refreshing feature of windows 8 that maintains all the files and settings you have on your machine, but removes all applications (other than windows store apps).
a couple of days ago i had to perform a refresh on my samsung developer tablet, after connecting to it a zte usb modem caused all metro apps to fail at the splash screen. and there’s really not so much to it – a refresh is simply an in-place windows upgrade which preserves your files, and even stores the old windows and program files directories in c:\windows.old (which is kind of annoying, actually, considering the tiny 64gb hard drive this tablet has).
still, it’s a cool feature that many of us “sysadmins not by choice” are going to enjoy * . internet explorer is loading too slowly? refresh. you’re getting annoying popups when logging in? refresh. office complains that the installation is corrupt? refresh. and so on.
* at least until malware figures out a way to stay alive after a refresh. but there’s always reset your pc for that.
Published at DZone with permission of Sasha Goldshtein, DZone MVB. See the original article here.
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