Refreshing or Resetting Your Version of Windows 8

As stated before Windows 8 is an operating system that looks to turn your computer into a machine more like a tablet at times. Even if it’s a laptop or a desktop PC it pushes the touch screen environment on the users and even gives them the ability to use apps that are based on the tablet model. This has positive elements (such as the Smartglass integration with the Xbox) and negatives, like the initial strange learning curve when it comes to using the user interface.

Windows 8 also looks to simplify the user experience for you, which is something tablet computers rely on to some extent. It takes away that “techy” feel of the computer itself where the user has to actually go looking for those geeky elements that were once quite easy to find. One of these simplifications is what happens if your copy of Windows 8 begins to have issues.

Refreshing or Resetting your Copy of Windows 8
When your copy of Windows 8 is having issues and you are looking at moving back to a workable version, you may find that you want to start again with your Operating System. This is something that you can easily do on your tablet, and often find yourself having to do. With Windows 8 even on a desktop/laptop it’s possible to simply refresh your PC or reset it.

Refreshing is the first option that you really want to pick, this will simply put all your apps and Windows 8 back to the default settings like the first time Windows was installed (or you turned on your new machine). Note that your desktop applications will be removed with this option but your files will be kept safe. If you choose to do a full reset this will remove everything from your install, including files and give you a brand new start. This is reminiscent of the install options you are given when installing Windows 8. For more advanced users these options may not fit what you want to do, especially if you don’t want to have to re-install your desktop applications, it’s important to take backups of everything you deem to be important of course.

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These recovery options do show one thing about the Windows 8 environment, there is a focus on Windows Store apps more than there is on actual desktop installed applications. This in a way is annoying for people who like the desktop more, and use this more than the “tiled” environment that is more for the tablet computers. This is probably why there is a reluctance to use Windows 8 at the moment rather than previous versions of the operating system. It’s not that Windows 8 is an inferior choice of operating system, it just makes some weird choices when it comes to which type of user to focus on.

Whether you want to reset or refresh your copy of Windows 8 this can be done through the tiled user interface or when troubleshooting your computer start-up (you’ll have this option if Windows 8 is having issues). Through the tiled user interface simply go to PC Settings and General Settings and you’ll see the option to “refresh” or “remove everything”. You’ll be then guided through the relevant option and then you’ll have your hopefully fresh faced user interface that now works better without the problems you were having that caused you to have to refresh/reset in the first place.

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