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Old 04-01-2012, 08:36 AM   #1
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Windows 8 easier to reinstall

There’s a time-tested ritual with PC owners. After a few months or years the performance starts to deteriorate and you pull out a Windows install disc and spend a full day re-installing the operating system and re-installing all of your apps.

So-called “PC rot” isn’t as bad on Windows 7 as it was with earlier versions of the operating system. Odds are if your system is getting sluggish over time it has more to do with hardware or some of the apps you’ve installed than the OS itself.

Still, Microsoft’s next version of Windows will make re-installing or “refreshing” the operating system easier and faster than ever.

A system refresh basically re-installs Windows 8 without removing your files or data. Some of your apps will even remain intact.

If things have really gone south though, you can choose the “reset your PC and start over” option to remove all data on your computer and basically restore it to factory conditions.

Either way, the process is designed to run much more quickly than an old-fashioned Windows install using a disc.

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