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Posted on Dec 9, 2015 in PC Maintenance, Troubleshoot Windows | 0 comments

Reinstall Windows 8 using the Refresh feature

In Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a new feature called Refresh. Refresh can reinstall Windows 8 with a few clicks. You can choose to keep your current files and settings, in which case you will only need to reinstall any desktop software you use, or you can perform a complete reinstall and remove everything. Obviously, since this feature is available inside Windows, you will need to be able to start your existing operating system in order to use it. If you ever performed an in-place or upgrade re-installation of Windows 7 or earlier, you can think of Windows Refresh as being a more elegant replacement for that procedure.

Already upgraded to Windows 10? Click here for a tutorial on using Refresh/Reset in Windows 10.

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Can’t find the Refresh option? If you can’t find the Refresh option under Update and Recovery/Recovery, then you’re not signed in with an administrator account. Sign out of your account and sign back in again with an account that has administrator privileges.

The Refresh feature was renamed “Reset” in Windows 10, but works in much the same way. If you cannot start your PC to access the refresh feature, you may need to perform a complete re-installation of Windows. We’ll cover how to do that in a later tutorial.

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