Reset and refresh functions to fix Windows 8 problems

Windows 8 is the latest operating system from Microsoft. No, it isn’t released; it’s still in the development phase.

Now, you may wonder why we’re talking about something that’s not even released.

If you haven’t, good for you!

And if you have, then I guess you’ve stumbled upon the wrong page. You see, this article is about the upcoming OS. So yeah, now would be a good time to, umm, buzz off!

Before I start off, let me make another clarification. Microsoft has released the Windows 8 Developer Preview (which is totally free, by the way!). This version offers a sneak peek at the new OS. That should explain how I know all the stuff about Windows 8!

The reinstallation hassle

What would you do if your Windows computer crashes?

I’m sure half of the readers thought of calling their computer repair technicians. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

In any case, a reinstallation of the operating system will fix the issue.

Naturally, a second question comes to your mind (if it didn’t, well, just pretend that it did!): how does the new OS cope with such Windows 8 problems?

Windows 8 uses two new functions: Reset and Refresh. Read on to know more about them!

The Reset function

The reset function is the classic format you find in previous Windows operating systems. It removes everything on your computer including files, processes, program traces etc. Once all that is done, it performs a reinstallation of the OS.

Oh, and you don’t have to worry about a thing as the whole process is carried out by the function. You just have to press the Reset button!

But not all Windows 8 problems require a complete system reset. There can be minor errors which needn’t require a reset. To deal with such errors, Windows also includes the Refresh function. More about the function in the next section!

The Refresh function

The Refresh option is another cool way of resolving Windows 8 problems. This function reinstalls the OS without deleting all the files. The user settings as well as apps are retained. It’s kind of handy for resolving minor errors in the OS.


The new features certainly look promising. But nothing can be said until the final version is released. In short, we have to wait!