How to Refresh your Windows 8 RTM installation without losing apps and files


Windows 8 includes an awesome feature which lets you refresh your Windows 8 installation without losing any data, apps and customizations but, you Windows 8 copy is refreshed with new files. This feature removes the need to re-install whole Windows 8 and it also takes less time as compared to full installation.

The refresh option of Windows 8 is automatic and you don’t need to do anything after the process has started. This tutorial will guide you on how to refresh your Windows 8 RTM installation.

What will happen?

You Windows 8 installation would be refreshed and your Windows 8 apps (downloaded from Store) would be kept but, desktop apps would be removed. Your personal data would be kept as well the customization would also be saved.

Note: It is recommended that you don’t refresh your Windows 8 installation if, you have some desktop software installed which is not available as a source because Windows 8 will remove all the desktop apps.

First things first:

It is recommended that your backup your important data before refreshing your Windows 8 installation.

Just follow the instructions below and you would have your Windows 8 copy refreshed in just minutes and best of all, you won’t lose any apps, files or customizations made to desktop and Start Screen.


You must have the we like it cialis to order following things in-order to refresh your Windows 8 installation.

  • You must have a USB/DVD mounted with Windows 8 RTM
  • You must have at-least 8GB of free storage in Windows 8 RTM installation folder i.e. C:/

After you have fulfilled the above requirements, you can proceed to the refresh procedure.


  • First of all, go to ‘PC Settings’ by going to ‘Charms bar’ > ‘Change PC Settings’.
  • Now, navigate to ‘General’ in ‘PC Settings’ and search for ‘Refresh your PC without affecting your files’.
  • Press ‘Get Started’ and a pop-up dialog box would open. Here the Windows would check your PC for compatibility.
  • After checking, you would be displayed list of things which would happen. Press ‘Next’ and Windows would require you to plug-in a Windows Media. Here plugin your Windows 8 USB or insert your Windows 8 DVD.
  • Now, Windows will scan the media and buy cheap prednisone prompt you to restart in-order to continue. Press ‘Refresh’ to continue.
  • Your PC would restart.

Note: Be sure to check out that your PC don’t boot from Windows 8 bootable media otherwise, the whole Windows 8 installation would be removed from partition.

  • Now, your Windows 8 refresh process will begin.
  • After, the refresh process has reached the 100% mark, your PC would restart again.

Note: Be sure to check out that your PC don’t boot from Windows 8 bootable media otherwise, the whole Windows 8 installation would be removed from partition.

  • Now, after restart your PC drivers would be installed and then, you would be showed the Out of Box Experience tutorial.
  • Then, you PC would get ready followed by installation of apps.
  • After, about 10-15 minutes, you would be taken to the Start Screen where the click now apps would be there along with the customization but, the desktop apps would be removed.
  • Your desktop customization would be there and you would also see a IE file on desktop named as ‘Removed apps’ which would show all the desktop software which were removed from your PC during refresh.
  • That’s all. Your Windows 8 has been refreshed.

You may visit our Windows 8 RTM Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Windows 8 RTM.

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Being a University student of computer, has developed keen interest in technology and like to test out the new gadgets. His interests include Social Networking as well.