Windows 8: Troubleshooting startup and system refresh

Microsoft has thought about every aspect of Windows 8 and the day to day operations on not only the desktop, but the startup, shutdown and even the trouble shooting phases.

Windows 8 features a lot of enhancements on not only the desktop experience, but the trouble shooting experience too.  With super fast boot and shut down times, Windows 8 will get the user to a useable desktop in as little as 10 seconds.

Every user has at one point in time experienced a system crash, boot errors, or just wished they could take all their documents and settings, clean windows and have a fresh desktop without the hours it takes to backup and transfer all their files.

Windows 8 will solve all those problems. Microsoft has added a new Metro boot menu for troubled PCs and tablets to perform system restores, image system recovery, a repair tool, command prompt for advanced users and a new refresh option.

Refresh is a brand new tool that gives the users two options. The first option is a completely clean install of your Windows 8 desktop, revitalizing the entire desktop to its roots. The feature will restore your Windows 8 machine to the same state it was originally and remove all of your personal files, essentially wiping out all corrupt files and viruses.

The second options refreshes the entire machine, lifting your photos, documents, media and even your background wallpapers, keep these files safe. The process then performs a clean up of all your Windows files, repairing all your system files to their original state. Once the process is completed, the refresh places your personal files back, giving the end user a completely new installation with all their files.

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Does anyone know what the command is to set the new 'reset' point? It was mentioned in the Keynote on the 13th but I do not remember the actual command being detailed. It wasn't stated that it was not available in this build either so..

Ninja Grinch said,
Does anyone know what the command is to set the new 'reset' point? It was mentioned in the Keynote on the 13th but I do not remember the actual command being detailed. It wasn't stated that it was not available in this build either so..
“recimg.exe -CreateImage C:\RecoveryImage” from an elevated command prompt. It will store the image under C:\RecoveryImage (or wherever you specify)

I get an error, so I guess its useless.

Critical Error said,
I get an error, so I guess its useless.

You will get error 0x80070003 if the directory (e.g., C:\RecoveryImage) does not already exist.
The command captures the system to a WIM file (install.wim) in the directory specified.

Finally!!! System repair was the worst thing they could have taken out of windows vista and 7. Most defiantly going to make my job easier.

What do you mean? We've always had system repair. If what you are referring to is how it can repair all Windows installation files, that comes at a doesn't simply overwrite system files with the installation image. It does it all without any extra media required. It completely replaces your system with a new copy, but keeps your files and apps. But that's not all, it gets rid of everything else like you just reformatted the system...

What else goes? Your desktop applications...your drivers, and mostly anything else it finds foreign to the system. Your apps that are kept are what was purchased from the store or came with your computer in the first place (for example, OEM apps). Even that stuff is reset too, meaning a Facebook app is gonna act like you just installed it, not remembering you logged into it before.

Very little stays, but it will tell you what desktop applications were removed luckily. I know because I went through with the refresh, it left a "Removed Apps" HTML document on my desktop. What's on the list of removed? Flash Player and LifeCam software. That's all I got a chance to install before I tested the refresh out.

But like I said, they didn't add anything that used to be in Windows XP. But they did add two new things they never had. Refresh (which I just explained) and Reset (basically reinstall Windows and take you back to OOBE)

He was referring to the in-place repair install that could be done with Windows 2000 through 2003 using the installation media. It kept most of the settings of the existing installation intact, and only overwrote the system files. That went away in Vista with the image-based deployment.

It was definitely a useful function in some scenarios. Although I haven't tried it yet, when just going from the description the new refresh function sounds like it'll nuke the registry and thus require app reinstallation.

If you read what I said, you'd know it gets rid of the desktop applications. I don't know what happens to the registry, because the Metro apps do stay they just get reset. But it does wipe your desktop, did it to me.