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Windows 8 to Have 3 R's: Recovery, Reset, Restore

By - Source: Tom's Hardware UK | B 17 comments

Recovery, Reset, Restore all to fight the Rot.

We all know about "Windows rot," where the operating system slowly degenerates to a slow, sluggish state after numerous installs, uninstalls, and other things that a system accumulates over time.

Those of us who perform good housekeeping practices on our computers keep our Windows installs running better, longer, but that's not the case for everyone. The action of a fresh format and/or reinstall can make things feel new again, even on old hardware. And now it seems that Microsoft could be building a reinstall feature into Windows 8.

As seen in some of the leaked presentation slides, Microsoft could have a recovery option to "reset Windows" while retaining all personal files and user accounts. One of the presentation images shows the option of reinstalling all of the app purchases from the Microsoft App Store. Interesting stuff.

 

(source: MSFTKitchen)

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    rsg22 , 2 July 2010 21:20
    Nice, I like Microsofts new direction over the past year or so. Windows is great, Office is great, Xbox is great.

    Hope the phone will be good too.
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    excalibur1814 , 2 July 2010 21:36
    Corporations will explode with glee when these type of options hit and I really hope they do.
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    mi1ez , 2 July 2010 21:44
    I like!
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    Clintonio , 2 July 2010 21:54
    This would save me FOREVER.

    I'll pay for Windows 8. Even if it's not too much different to 7.
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    Vampyrbyte , 2 July 2010 21:58
    Nah. Sorry I'd still rather format it myself. An option that says "keep my stuff" is far too ambiguous for me. What stuff? Where are you keeping it? Nah bollocks.
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    Silmarunya , 2 July 2010 22:03
    VampyrByteNah. Sorry I'd still rather format it myself. An option that says "keep my stuff" is far too ambiguous for me. What stuff? Where are you keeping it? Nah bollocks.


    1) Calling something bollocks before having reliable information on the subject is bollocks, not the feature itself.
    2) You will still be able to format yourself
    3) Not everyone has the same level of tech proficiency. This feature is a life saver for people with limited tech proficiency, or limited time to spend on their PC.
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    Anonymous , 2 July 2010 22:26
    This is better news than all the touch feely feely stuff I have been hearing lately, yes most welcome!
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    flaminggerbil , 2 July 2010 22:42
    Unless they sell this at some kind of an amazing bargain deal there's no way I'll be replacing Win7 so quickly.
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    malphas , 2 July 2010 23:07
    It's interesting, but I doubt I'll be getting Windows 8 unless Microsoft charge a resonable price for a change. There was a lot of over-ambitious and nonsensical stuff in that slideshow, that was very reminiscent of the Longhorn fiasco, unlike Windows 7 where the focus was on the nuts and bolts of the OS and getting performance and reliability nailed down. They need to keep heading in that direction and not get caught up in rubbish like facial recognition login and trying to make Windows PCs look like cheap Mac knockoffs.
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    proletarian , 2 July 2010 23:30
    VampyrByteNah. Sorry I'd still rather format it myself. An option that says "keep my stuff" is far too ambiguous for me. What stuff? Where are you keeping it? Nah bollocks.


    AGREED.
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    TegGhola , 3 July 2010 00:22
    Genius. Rather than train users not to let unwanted clag build up and install itself in the startup configuration (endless updater "tools", "quick" loaders for applications you never use, and numerous big name spyware dressed up as something vital), Microsoft will just automate the fresh start process.

    I'm sticking with Linux for serious work.
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    ksampanna , 3 July 2010 01:18
    I'm sorry but isn't "Restore to an earlier point in time while keeping current files intact" already present, since I already do it when my laptop with Vista encounters any trouble.
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    Micropat , 3 July 2010 01:30
    Does the keep all my stuff option include installed programs?
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    excalibur1814 , 3 July 2010 02:00
    "...and trying to make Windows PCs look like cheap Mac knockoffs."

    I didn't know that Microsoft made PCs? OEMs however, do make pcs.

    As for what this will do: You create a user account and it basically stores all your videos, music, favourites, pictures and other stuff in designated folders. Easy to find, easy to use and easy to backup.

    Bam, click the button and WIndows will basically refresh itself and unlike System Protection (Where more often than not an infection hides within the restore), this should work and present someone with a clean tidy computer, but with your user profile intact.

    If it does do exactly that, then it is such a damn easy feature I'm sad that they've not done this before but glad that they finally are.

    P.s. It's a sad day where anything a manufacturer creates is always compared to something from Apple. The moment the iPad hit, ALL tablets will always be referenced to, "Ohh, it's like an ipad". Makes me sad for society.
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    mi1ez , 3 July 2010 03:02
    Quote:
    "...and trying to make Windows PCs look like cheap Mac knockoffs."

    I didn't know that Microsoft made PCs? OEMs however, do make pcs.

    I believe this is what they were referring to...

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/windows-8-concept-computer-win8-all-in-one,news-33788.html
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    excalibur1814 , 3 July 2010 03:07
    Yeah, I thought so. I read the article and all the silly comments.

    " a concept design "

    Yes, a concept. Did it say ANYWHERE that they would actually make the machine? If MS did start a whole lot of oems would be rather annoyed.
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    Silmarunya , 3 July 2010 03:08
    TegGholaGenius. Rather than train users not to let unwanted clag build up and install itself in the startup configuration (endless updater "tools", "quick" loaders for applications you never use, and numerous big name spyware dressed up as something vital), Microsoft will just automate the fresh start process.I'm sticking with Linux for serious work.


    That'd be a better solution than what MS currently proposes. But the average user wouldn't understand your post, much less do something about the problems you describe.

    There must be a huge button that solves problems, preferably as a pop-up. Taking time to explore their PC or *gasp* read the manual/an internet guide is too much work. For most people, a PC is not a device that you need to look after, it's a gateway to Office and websites.

    Most PC users fall below the lowest expectations one can have and it's good MS tries to make life better for such sheeple.