Computer tip: Refresh or Resetting Windows 8

Sometimes, a system becomes so infected or corrupted that it’s easier and safer to just reset the operating system and applications back to a “normal” factory default out-of-box (OOB) experience.¬† In Windows 8, you have two options to make this process easier than ever:

  • Refresh:¬†Resets the OS and applications without losing your documents and other personal files.
  • Reset: Resets the OS and applications and removes everything else.

You can also create a Recovery Drive on a USB flash drive so that you can perform a Refresh or Reset operation even if your PC isn’t bootable.

You’ll find these new options in the Control Panel -> Recovery applet, along with other familiar tools like System Restore.