Understanding The Difference Between Refreshing, Resetting Or Restoring Your Windows 8.1 PC– If you are a Windows 8.1 PC user and you are finding that your computer may not be running up to par; you have several options to either refresh, reset or restore your PC. It is very important to understand the difference between the three. No matter what option you choose, ALWAYS back up your personal files.
- Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files and settings. It also keeps the apps that came with your PC and the apps you installed from the Windows Store.
- Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC.
- Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you’ve made.
The RESTORE option is the least aggressive, with the RESET Option being the most aggressive. Just remember, if you do a RESET you will lose your personal files and data.
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