In Windows 8, you actually have three main options for recovering the operating system: refresh, reinstall and restore. While all of these options can be used to recover Windows, they all operate a bit differently. If you want to restore your personal files on PC, you can use the file history backup tool on Windows 8.
By choosing the according recover method for your particular scenario, you may be able to save yourself some time and also reinstall Windows properly. Here are some tips for using each of the main recover methods.
Refresh your PC without affecting your files
The Windows 8 Refresh option allows you to refresh Windows while still keeping your personal files and data that you have saved on your PC. As described in Windows 8, here’s what will happen if you Refresh a PC:
- Your files and personalization settings won’t change.
- Your PC settings will be changed back to their defaults.
- Apps from the Windows store will be kept.
- Apps you installed from discs or websites will be removed.
- A list of apps will be saved to your desktop.
To Refresh PC without affecting files
- Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
(If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
- Under PC settings, tap or click General.
- Under Refresh your PC without affecting your files, tap or click Get started.
- Follow the instructions on the screen.
You might be prompted to insert discs or recovery media that came with your PC. Check the info that came with your PC to see if your PC manufacturer provided these discs or media. In some cases, you might have created them when you first set up your PC.
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