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How to do an OS Refresh in Windows 8

Description: This article will show you how to do a system refresh in Windows 8. A system refresh will refresh the operating system but will not affect your photos, music, videos or other personal files that are stored in the typical default locations.

  1. On the Windows Desktop navigate to the lower right hand corner to activate the hotspot to open the side menu.
    Windows 8 Desktop, HotSpot
  2. When the menu opens, click on the Settings icon.
    Windows 8 Charms, Settings
  3. When the Settings menu appears click on More PC settings
    Windows 8 Settings, More PC Settings
  4. On the PC settings screen click on General
    PC Settings, General
  5. Under Refresh your PC without affecting your files click on Get Started
    PC Settings, General, Refresh
  6. The PC will reset and when it comes back up Windows will be completely refreshed. Your personal data files such as music, photos and videos will be unaffected.