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Reset Windows 8

Windows 8 does not use the reformat method seen in previous forms of Windows. The reformat method is replaced with a reset option. This does not uninstall Windows, but instead returns to a factory fresh state. 

Tools you will need:

  • Installation media (may be already included in a special drive on your computer, your computer will tell you if it needs it when the process starts if it is not.)
  • Product Key (this will be found somewhere with the information that comes with your computer.)

The Process:

The process will be automated, simply follow the instructions in the prompts and Windows will take care of the rest. You should back up your personal files ahead of time, as this will remove all personal files. Any installed software will also be removed so be prepared to reinstall these programs. 

The reset option is located in the PC Settings menu under the general tab. There is one option to Refresh your PC, this will only reset your personal settings and not do anything else, and any affect files will remain. Depending on what you would like to accomplish this might work, but for our purposes we often recommend the second option, Remove everything and reinstall Windows. This will begin the dialogue to guide you through the process.