How to Refresh 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


  1. Gdghgfgjy Ggjffv

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

  2. It seems that troubleshooting is so easy in Windows 8.

    Is the installation media required to get Windows Recovery Menu?

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

  4. ??????????? ??????

    some app and program will remove ?

  5. Smansour099

    sometimes it does


  6. 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 ?

  7. 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’.

  8. 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.

  9. Rohithc12

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

  10. Joshua Patillo

    mine doesn’t do this I tried it.

  11. HelpMePlease

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

  12. 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

  13. Merlin de Cloe


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

  14. 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…

  15. Kola The Inventor

    very helpful

  16. brenda

    my windows upgrade to 8 was a download. my laptop does not have a disc drive Is there any hope for me I read a reference to repairing by Brink but have been unable to locate Brinks tutorial

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