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Upcoming Windows 8 refresh and reset options detailed

By Leeky
Jan 5, 2012
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  1. Microsoft has been steadily releasing information about its upcoming operating system on its MSDN Building Windows 8 blog, providing those interested with snippets of new functionality as we draw ever…

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  2. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 846   +11

    I think this sounds like a really wonderful idea, especially the custom image option.
    I don't know how many times I have had to wipe my parents computer and reload all their data. If I could that over a quick cup of coffee at their house it would be incredible!
     
  3. Probably the only new feature of Windows 8 that intrigues me. Still not a reason to switch from Windows 7, but intriguing.
     
  4. I hope that the same folks who fixed the "offshore created" Vista mess and gave us Windows 7 are
    the same folks who are in charge of Windows 8.
     
  5. About time.
     
  6. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 521   +8

    Awesome, now technicians like me wont be needed... its not like im trying to raise a family, but hopefully the standard used manages to screw it up
     
  7. Chazz

    Chazz TS Enthusiast Posts: 634   +60

    Windows 8 is becoming more and more attractive to me. I think I'll be one of the users upgrading my Windows 7 PC to it. I'm loving the features and optimizations. At first, I didn't like the idea of releasing a new OS so soon(it seems) after Windows 7.

    I also think I'll be getting a windows 8 tablet for my mother, as that form factor fits her perfectly. Tablets are useless for me though, at the moment.
     
  8. I use Win8 Developer as my everyday system. There are no real problems (at least none I couldn't resolve on my own) and it has an overall better "feel" to it, compared to Win7. Faster, smoother, better looking... hard to quantify, but definitely there.
     
  9. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +9

    I don't think it'll really put a damper on the average computer technician's work supply, for the following reasons:

    1) Most end users are afraid to do semi-technical, or that could possible hurt their files/installed applications.

    2) Hard drive failures will still require a fresh OS install

    3) Current viruses (e.g. virut) can infect Recovery Partitions, so I'm sure hackers will eventually find a way to get past the security of Windows 8 and render the "refresh" feature refreshingly useless.

    4) The refresh feature will remove all applications not purchased from the Windows Store. Honestly, how many people buy anything from the 'Windows Store'? So, as of now anyway, with most software being downloaded/purchased from third-party websites, and/or purchased on CD/DVD discs, most end-users will be hesitant to lose their installed programs and their customized settings.
     
  10. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,942   +379

    Do't worry, you'll still get the non techy people coming in and flipping out. :D
     
  11. djforeman

    djforeman TS Rookie Posts: 16

    It's really a shame that, after 7 versions of WIndows, users still have no way to:
    a) re-install ONLY the OS without having to re-install their 3rd party apps
    2) move their data AND apps to a new machine (ala easy-transfer)
    3) move (or specify a non C-drive location for) their "my documents"

    Moving (vs. copying) apps guarantees that the old machine does not retain duplicates, thus preserving license/copyright protection. What is Redmond afraid of?? Is the hive THAT hard to replicate? Then it's time for the hive to go bye-bye.

    What makes MS think we only have a few apps? I have over 100, MANY of which I use regularly. Some I use only weekly/monthly. ALL of which I need ready to run. Re-building the OS takes minimal time. A REAL productivity increase would come from not having to find and re-type all those license keys and answer all those non-MS installer prompts after a re-install or move to a new system.
     
     
  12. i loved the article very much.....thanks for sharing
     


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