How To Refresh Your Windows 8 PC To Default Settings

Restoring the system to a default system state or performing some kind of error resolution are the kind of measures that can help users avoid the hassle of a clean wipe and load re-installation of the operating system. In Windows 7 users were provided with four measures that could help them avoid a re-installation. One of them was to Backup and Restore a system image, System Restore, Error correction by booting the system from the installer disc and the use of Windows 7 Recovery Disk. Recently, Microsoft has provide a simplified method that serves as a viable replacement of the aforementioned methods and allows users to quickly restore the system back to its default state.

TheWindows 8 “Refresh Your PC” utility allows users to undo a significant amount of changes made to the system, which can help in removing malware, errors and resolving system issues. Some attributes of Windows 8 PC Refresh are given below.

Windows 8 Refresh Your PC Result:

  • Your files and personal settings do not change
  • Your PC settings are changed back to default settings
  • Applications from Windows Store are not affected
  • Applications installed by the user are removed
  • A list of removed applications is presented to the user after the Refresh process, to allow him/her to re-install them


Step 1: Hover your mouse to the bottom right corner of the task bar or use Windows + C hotkey to bring forward the Charms Bar.


Step 2: Now Select Settings –> More Settings –> General. If you are using the Metro Start Screen then click your user account image, select Change Account Picture and go to “General” settings.

PC Settings

Step 3: Select Get Started below “Refresh Your PC”.

Refresh Your PC

Step 4: Before the system is refreshed, you will be shown a list of changes that will occur to your computer, click Next to continue.


Note: Before starting the system refresh, make sure that you have a Windows 8 installer disc inserted, otherwise you will receive the error shown below.

Insert Media

Step 5: Your system will reboot, after which your system will be refreshed. The system refreshing process can take up to several minutes.

PC Refresh

After your system is refreshed, you can re-install old applications by clicking on an Internet Explorer icon that will be displayed on your desktop to download and re-install third-party applications. For a complete overview of the Windows 8 Refresh Your PC process, check out the below video. This video is also available with other tutorials on the WML Cloud YouTube Channel.