Windows 8.1 - How To Refresh Your PC

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You are experiencing slowdowns with your PC? Windows 8.1 allows you to re-install your operating system while keeping your personal files, settings and apps downloaded from the Windows Store.
The procedure is as follows:
  • From the Start Screen, press WindowsKey + C to display the Charms bar.
  • Click on Settings > Change PC settings.
  • Go to Update and Recovery > Recovery.
  • Under "Refresh your PC without affecting your files", click on Get started.
  • Click on Next and follow the instructions on the screen.

Windows will check for any inconsistency with the system files, registry or other components, and fix them!
  • Softwares installed after the initialization of your OS, will be removed. This also include apps downloaded from the internet (web browser, FlashPlayer Plugin..)...
  • Windows will generate a list of all the programs that have been removed during the Refresh procedure.
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