How to Refresh Windows 8

You might have encounter a situation where you system is not acting normally – like few system application might be crashing it etc. In such cases we may need to repair your OS.  We have already seen how to repair install Windows 7. In this article I’ll show you how to repair your Windows 8 Operating System.

In this edition of Windows 8, Repair Install is called “Refresh PC”. It will keep your files and personal settings as it is, but the rest will be reset to default settings. Any downloads from App Store will be removed. We have already touched upon the Refresh and Reset features in Windows 8. This post tells you in detail how to do it.

Refresh Windows 8

Step 1:

Press F8 while booting the system to go into Windows Recovery Menu. Unlike other version Windows 8’s recovery menu has Metro UI style.

Step 2:

Click on Troubleshoot.

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Step 3:

Click on “Refresh your PC” to start the process.

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Step 4:

Now you have to insert your installation media i.e. your Windows 8 Installation DVD or USB drive.

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Step 5:

Once you insert the installation media, it automatically detects the media. Click on Refresh button to start the process.

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Step 6:

Now it will go through the Repair process and reboot the system. Once it’s complete Windows 8 should be repaired.

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You could also check out the video tutorial created by me.

Hope this helps!

Go here to learn how to Create a Custom System Refresh Image for use in Windows 8.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at captaindbg.com.
  • Gdghgfgjy Ggjffv

    Windows 7 is better, there is no installation media required.

  • http://twitter.com/TechnicalTips1 Technical Tips

    It seems that troubleshooting is so easy in Windows 8.

    Is the installation media required to get Windows Recovery Menu?

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  • http://captaindbg.com Shyam@TWC

    Not to get into recovery but you need the media to repair the OS

  • ??????????? ??????

    some app and program will remove ?

  • Smansour099

    sometimes it does

    Windows

  • Nacer Ziani

    Thanks a lot for this tuto!
    My question is, after the refresh , a new folder will be create named “Windows.old”
    can i remove it without a problem ?

  • Hank

    The ‘refresh’ wiped out my wi-fi and all programs (Office 2010, etc) that were running. Only thing not working were the tiles, so I really goofed by using ‘refresh’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.doeith James Doeith

    Win 8 full release version (not the preview this article refers to) has a number of bugs in it too. So far, I see ZERO value in having it over win 7 or perhaps even XP. (I have a new touch screen too… whoppee!) All it seems to be good for is making your PC work like a phone or tablet so they can sell you the “apps” that they have written or ported over for it. Perhaps Microsoft as a company needed to do it or end up obsolete. My advice if your looking for a new PC, don’t worry if the PC has win 8 or not. Perhaps win 9 will offer NEW FEATURES to PC users; Win 8 has nothing new under the sun for the PC but the apps your table or phone can already run. Besides, there is a program for the PC that lets you run apps if you really need to run the low power code of an app right now anyways.

  • Rohithc12

    my win 8’s doesn’t entering it’s metro style..aftr booting..can u plz help me this?

  • Joshua Patillo

    mine doesn’t do this I tried it.

  • HelpMePlease

    Why is my windows 8 doesn’t show Windows Recovery Menu after pressing F8?? Please I badly needed
    help

  • Bryan Joshua

    you can delete it its safe. windows.old file is your old windows configuration file and maybe you stored something so you can get it back

  • Merlin de Cloe

    hello,

    thanks for helping. :) Only the thing is my PC came with windows 8 already installed. what now?

  • R Sultan Neer

    Thanks for the details.. but the questions are……
    1. should i have to re install my drivers or re update them?
    2. i am using several software like Photoshop, I tunes, and even some games, should i re install them to work with or they will run as like as before?
    3. should i re install my browsers?

    thanks in advance…

  • Kola The Inventor

    very helpful

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