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Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation

From: Windows 8.1 Essential Training

Video: Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation

If you're a longtime Windows user familiar with previous versions of Microsoft Windows, you may have experienced something known as PC rot. And that's where, over time, as you continue to install various types of software and download things from the internet, work on files; things seem to get bogged down. Your system slows right down. It's chugging away, working hard to do the simplest of tasks. Well, in those cases in the old days, you would probably uninstall Windows and re-install to start over. You have a backup of all your files, get those back onto your computer.

Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation

If you're a longtime Windows user familiar with previous versions of Microsoft Windows, you may have experienced something known as PC rot. And that's where, over time, as you continue to install various types of software and download things from the internet, work on files; things seem to get bogged down. Your system slows right down. It's chugging away, working hard to do the simplest of tasks. Well, in those cases in the old days, you would probably uninstall Windows and re-install to start over. You have a backup of all your files, get those back onto your computer.

A big hassle, but at least your computer would be running more efficiently in the end. There are a couple of options here in Windows 8.1, that allow you to get the same results without all that work. Let's take a look now from our PC settings. Windows > I on the keyboard brings up our settings pane, and we'll click Change PC Settings. Next we'll go to Update and Recovery. We've been here for file history and Windows update, but when we go to Recovery, you're going to see some options, namely the first two.

Number one is, refresh your pc without affecting your files. So if the pc is running slowly, sluggish, we can refresh it without losing all of our personal files. Photos, music, and videos for example. Clicking > Get started here, will simulate a re-installation of Windows without actually doing it. So you may see some nice results at the end, and you won't have to worry about all of your files, backing them up and restoring them. If that doesn't work for you, the next option is to Remove everything and reinstall Windows.

Which means you'll be able to start over completely. And yes, you'll need to backup your files and restore them in the end, but you can do it all from here. It's not a manual task where you actually go and uninstall Windows and grab your DVD, and reinstall, et cetera. It can be done directly from the Get Started button right here. Now another option that you don't see here, if things are not working properly, is to simply insert your installation DVD, if you have one, for Windows. And it will recognize that it's already been installed, and give you the option to refresh, just like we see here, at the top of this screen.

Now everything is running perfectly for me. I don't know about you, I don't need to run either of these at this point. So I'm going to press the windows key on my keyboard to return. If you do find your pc's running sluggishly, try refreshing first. And then if that doesn't work, you could go to the reinstall option. But those are options there that will make it a lot easier than it used to be to get back up and running with an efficient computer using Windows.

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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