How Do You Reset Your Computer?


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Resetting a Windows computer depends on which version is installed on the computer. Windows 8 contains both a refresh and a reset listed under the update and recovery tab. Refresh brings the computer back to an earlier time, while a reset removes all files and reinstalls Windows.

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Windows Vista and Windows 7 must be reset manually. Users must open the recovery tab and select advanced recovery options and then reinstall Windows. The other option is to use a recovery tool and factory provided recovery partition. Each PC manufacturer provides its own unique recovery tool. To access the recovery menu outside of Windows, users must enter the recovery interface and access the recovery partition when turning the computer on, before Windows loads.

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