Sunday, March 04, 2012

Windows 8 factory reset takes 8 minutes

Anyone who has used a Windows PC knows that eventually it begins to come to a slow crawl. The hundreds of programs and additional background software that users install is ridiculous, so you eventually forget just how quick your swanky new PC used to be.

Microsoft are keen to address the amount of bloatware that users install on their PC by introducing what they call Push Button Reset. This seemingly fast method of recovery will help users get rid of unnecessary programs and things that are bogging down their system in as little as 8 minutes.

The system has two parts to it depending on what you’d like to do with your PC. The first option is called Reset Your PC, which wipes all data and programs and reinstalls Windows 8, equivalent to a regular reformat and reinstall. The second option is Refresh Your PC, which saves your data and personal settings (but not installed programs) and then reinstalls Windows 8, followed by a restore of your data. Based on the Windows Consumer Preview, either option can take between 6 to 8 minutes to complete, which is remarkable considering that a Windows 7 takes about 20 minutes to reinstall.

What’s even better is that you don’t need any installation media to run either of the options, which is an absolute joy to hear.

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