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Windows 8 to Have 3 Rs: Recovery, Reset, Restore

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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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    marlowwe , July 2, 2010 1:41 PM
    mrmezAhhh M$. Still chasing that elusive cure for crappy-nessWhy don't they figure out how to make their OS not crash and burn in the first place, then they won't need bandaids like that.


    Hating on Microsoft is so 2001.
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    samely , July 2, 2010 1:11 PM
    Interesting, liking the Windows 8 news, Marcus. Seeing "keep my stuff" makes me laugh. I'm sure that'll be a bit more professional once it comes out.
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    Bolbi , July 2, 2010 1:13 PM
    I would LOVE this feature for Windows 8, but I wonder if it will reinstall software not from the MS App Store. If it doesn't, it's pretty useless to me... I don't have anything from the App Store yet! :) 
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    samely , July 2, 2010 1:11 PM
    Interesting, liking the Windows 8 news, Marcus. Seeing "keep my stuff" makes me laugh. I'm sure that'll be a bit more professional once it comes out.
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    Bolbi , July 2, 2010 1:13 PM
    I would LOVE this feature for Windows 8, but I wonder if it will reinstall software not from the MS App Store. If it doesn't, it's pretty useless to me... I don't have anything from the App Store yet! :) 
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    eddieroolz , July 2, 2010 1:14 PM
    This might be a really compelling feature. I'm looking forward to it.
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    el33t , July 2, 2010 1:35 PM
    mrmezAhhh M$. Still chasing that elusive cure for crappy-nessWhy don't they figure out how to make their OS not crash and burn in the first place, then they won't need bandaids like that.


    Ya know you are being quit unreal there.
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    gti88 , July 2, 2010 1:39 PM
    Acronis True Image is better choice. You can backup your fresh system disk before and after all programs are installed.
    Then, you can reinstall an image within 30 minutes.
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    marlowwe , July 2, 2010 1:41 PM
    mrmezAhhh M$. Still chasing that elusive cure for crappy-nessWhy don't they figure out how to make their OS not crash and burn in the first place, then they won't need bandaids like that.


    Hating on Microsoft is so 2001.
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    arlandi , July 2, 2010 1:46 PM
    i just hope this feature really got into the final release version of Windows 8.
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    urlsen , July 2, 2010 1:58 PM
    marlowweHating on Microsoft is so 2001.

    So True compadre :) 
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    ordcestus , July 2, 2010 2:08 PM
    nforce4maxGreat more problems and three times the disk space consumption. God forbid one has no choice but to buy a 1 or 2TB drive just for endless restore points x.x Every week when I do a clean up I free up 60gb or more every time.

    60 gig a week? what are you doing with that computer?.

    Anyway i think this is a nice feature as long as it actually does a full and proper reinstall. I have a feeling that it won't be though and most of us will just pop in the disk every 6 months or so
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    eusebe , July 2, 2010 2:09 PM
    A computer is like a coffee machine... once in a while you need to purge it from it's deposit...
    But, Crosoft dit a good job...
    XP=every 6 months
    VISTA=every year
    SEVEN=... I have it for more than a year and it's still running great
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    angryfingertips , July 2, 2010 2:11 PM
    This is great ideal on MS part. They have something similar in Office for a long time, but it is hidden. I've needed to use it a couple of times to get a users computer back to where it needed to be. We have had reset switches to reboot computers as far as I can really remember. Hopefully 8 will be great and miss the every other copy of Windows is horrible jinx.
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    dreamer77dd , July 2, 2010 2:19 PM
    i would like this feature but i would want a clean install. would they take all my stuff and send it to the cloud? Would they delete all the programs and just let me download from their app store again. maybe give me the updated version to replace my old software to make it easy on them selves. ? makes you wonder what they plan to do. Well they have the software you could have option to update or download what you already own. you could have this new software for additional 50$ if you would like to upgrade.
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    triplebug , July 2, 2010 2:25 PM
    Not useless but there's always better software to run it, more tweaky.
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    sliem , July 2, 2010 3:07 PM
    @wotan31: Have you even tried Win7?
    I'm happy it works for you but ALL my softwares and games like Windows7.
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    Marco925 , July 2, 2010 3:08 PM
    Is that an app store I see? Oh my... is this the end of running my own programmes on windows?
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