Chapter 10: Backing up and restoring a Windows 8 computer

Backup and Restore, which was a feature in the Windows 7 Control Panel, is no longer available in Windows 8. To back up your files, you can use the new feature called File History, which we discussed in the previous chapter.

When it comes to system protection, the System Restore feature is still present and can be used to set back up points, which can then be accessed to restore your computer if you ever make any system changes that cause you problems.

There are a couple of new features in Windows 8 that can help with the repair, restoration and re-installation of the operating system itself. The Refresh feature is present in the General section of the PC Settings, which can be accessed from the Settings charm. This feature allows you to re-install Windows 8 very easily, without making any changes to your data. It can be used in the event that your computer starts to run slowly or has become problematic due to any new drivers or apps that you have installed.

Using this feature removes all the third-party applications that you installed, but a list of what was uninstalled will be saved to the Desktop so that you know what you have to re-install once the Windows 8 reinstall is complete. To use this feature, you will have to have a copy of your Windows 8 installation media available, as you might be asked for it.

If you ever want to sell your computer or give it to another family member, there is an option to not only re-install Windows 8, but to also remove everything from the computer and restore it to its factory settings. This can also be accessed from the General tab in 'PC Settings'. Before you do this, you should make sure that you have backed up all of your data because everything on the hard drive will be wiped and replaced with a fresh installation of Windows 8.

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