Windows 8 is pretty stable when it comes to system performance, but even then, it is a software, and hence, susceptible to the same woes that the previous iterations faced. Now we can restore and reset Windows 8 really quick in easy steps.

Within Windows 8, there are two settings hidden that will either make it easy to refresh your PC to its original state, or completely reinstall Windows 8, depending on what you choose.

Prior to Windows 8, refreshing a PC or notebook was a hassle that most people chose to avoid, just because of the complexities involved. With this version of Windows, Microsoft has definitely taken a step in the right direction in putting more control in users’ hands with relative ease.

Let us go through quick steps describing how to restore and rest your Windows 8.

Step 1:

Both of these settings are available under the Modern UI PC Settings, and not through the conventional Control Panel. To access them, you’ll need to invoke the Charms bar, either by moving the mouse to the upper right corner of the screen, or by using the Win key + C combination. From the Charms bar, click Settings.

Step 2:

Under the Settings panel that slides in, click the Change PC Settings button.

Step 3:

In PC Settings, go to the General tab from the menu on the left, and scroll all the way down. There you’ll find two options, one saying Refresh your PC, and the other one for Reset your PC.

The Refresh Your PC option will allow you to reverse the system back to its default configuration, the way it was when it came from the factory. However, here, you will not lose your personal pictures, videos, music, files, and any personalization that you’d have done. To use it simply click the button, hit Next on the following screen, and proceed according to the on-screen instructions.

The second option, Reset your PC, is more like a complete Windows 8 re-installation, removing everything that you might have had apps, personalization, files and all  and bringing your machine to a completely fresh state. This is more usable in scenarios where you either want to start anew, or when you’re selling your PC or laptop, for instance.