While working on a Windows 8 PC, it does often hang-up and become unstable. After looking for the solution, I came to know that my machine actually needs to be refreshed. Thankfully, it helped me a lot. It removed my problems like erroneous behavior of my machine. In this piece of writing I will share the steps I followed to refresh Windows 8 PC.
Another way to make your Windows 8 clutter free is resetting the system. You can follow either the Refresh method or the Reset method to enjoy the optimum performance with your Windows 8 system.
Refreshing your PC and Resetting your PC are two different features. Resetting means re-installing the Windows and removes all your personal data, settings and apps from the PC. The Reset utility allows you to start afresh. It restores the entire manufacturing settings in your PC, thus removing the third party applications and resources that create problems. Whereas, refreshing re-installs Windows without removing anything. It keeps the entire apps, settings and personal data intact.
Well, before you follow the steps and start refreshing or resetting your computer system, it is very important to know that whether your PC actually requires it or not. Resetting or refreshing of the computer is needed only when it shows frequent errors and unexpected problems.
Note: If you are Windows 7 user, you can transfer Installed Windows 7 system to a new hardware configuration.
How to Refresh Windows 8 PC to fix problems
Refreshing the PC allows to tweak the performance without removing any of your stored data, apps and settings.
The best part about ‘Refreshing’ is that it relieves you from the hassle of taking the backup of your entire data and restoring them afterwards.
Go to ‘Settings > ‘More PC Settings’ and look for the option dedicated for Refreshing the PC. You should find it in ‘General’ tab of the ‘PC Settings’ menu below the Language Control bar. The Refresh utility in Windows 8 checks the important components and files of the system.
To start with Resetting of your computer system, you need to click ‘Get Started’ button and proceed with the process by clicking ‘Next’.
The Refreshing process goes like this:
- Your PC boots into Windows RE (Windows Recovery Environment) and scans the hard drive of the system for your settings, data, and apps and store them somewhere else in the same hard drive.
- Windows RE then installs a fresh copy of Windows and restores the saved settings, data, and apps there.
- Finally, it restarts with the newly installed and refreshed copy.
How to Reset Windows 8 PC To Start From Scratch
If you want to start from the scratch and remove everything from your PC, resetting it is the correct option. By ‘Resetting’, you actually remove all the data from your PC, and reinstall Windows 8 again. Resetting the PC brings it into the same condition as it was when you purchased the PC. It can undoubtedly take your PC to its untouched condition. But it is recommended only when it is the last way left out.
Go to ‘Settings’ menu to enable ‘Resetting’ in your Windows 8 PC. You can go to the ‘Settings’ from the charms bar by pressing Windows + C.
Go to ‘More PC Settings’ and look for the ‘Remove everything and reinstall Windows’ option. You may find it in the ‘General’ window in ‘PC Settings’ menu below the Refresh option.
To start with resetting of your computer system, you need to click ‘Get Started’ button and proceed with the process by clicking ‘Next’.
The process of resetting your Windows 8 PC goes like this:
- Your PC first boots into Windows RE (Windows Recovery Environment).
- All your hard drive partitions where your personal and Windows data reside are erased.
- It then installs a fresh copy of Windows and restart the PC.
Refreshing and Resetting your system relieves you from the trouble of formatting the entire system and reinstalling the software again.