[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2012/01/i8eOPt.jpg[/newsimage]To keep up with the Joneses (and the Apples), Microsoft will ship Windows 8 with two options that allow users to either reinstall the operating system while keeping key data intact (refresh), or revert it back to a bare factory default state (reset). Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/microsoft-adds-factory-reset-options-to-windows-8-56837/](http://www.myce.com/news/microsoft-adds-factory-reset-options-to-windows-8-56837/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
Microsoft is actually giving us back a feature that was included in Win 95/98!
The ability to repair/refresh the installation without starting from scratch!
[QUOTE=Justin_Massoud;2618055] or revert it back to a bare factory default state (reset).[/QUOTE]
How is that even going to be possible when end users buy stand alone W8 O/S products? That doesn’t even make any sense when end users buy to install on their own machine which isn’t a factory built machine or when the user changes the internals to better equipments. I think they need more after thought about when it is bought for standalone installation.
I have had a habit for years when buying a new PC. The first thing that I do is create a data partition (D:) on my hard drive. I use this to store all of my files, changing the Windows “My Document, Pictures…etc”. to use the new partition.
This does a few things. First, it makes it easy to restore an Operating System without worrying about my critical files. Second, it makes backups a breeze - just back up the partition, either on a file by file basis or by imaging the partition. Third, it makes it easy to install an SSD as a boot/app drive - just cone the old C:\ drive to the new drive.I am sure that readers can think of other advantages as well.
With Windows XP you could actually reinstall (repair) Windows without losing ANYTHING. Including installed programs. I’ll never understand why that ability wasn’t/won’t be included with Windows 7 and 8, because it’s a lifesaver.
[QUOTE=BradWright;2618101]With Windows XP you could actually reinstall (repair) Windows without losing ANYTHING. Including installed programs. I’ll never understand why that ability wasn’t/won’t be included with Windows 7 and 8, because it’s a lifesaver.[/QUOTE]
I wonder about data security now…really!
Now this will all come about when the 1 Petabyte (1000 Terabyte) drives star being more popular, as the Windows restore file will soon include an image of ever hard drive you’ve owned and the entire content of every website you’ve ever visited…
How about reproviding a total system (that means also every freaking file on your internal os disk) state freeze? Would be very nice for public systems.