Windows 8: Kill a virus, but keep your personal data

Viruses, unfortunately, often force users to restore their machines to the factory settings, a painful process that involves loss of applications and personal data.

Microsoft, however, is working on a new reset option that will retain files and personalisation settings while giving users an easy way to reinstall applications.

In one of the scenarios detailed in Microsoft slide decks, a user named ‘Jon’ decides to reset his Windows 8 PC.

“Jon notices that his Windows 8 PC is starting to perform poorly and he can’t figure out what to do,” the slide says.

“He presses the reset button and chooses to reset his windows 8 PC. … knowing that all his stuff is safe. Windows 8 automatically retains files and personalisation settings, and migrates the user accounts.

Windows is restored to the factory image and restarts.

After restarting Jon can launch the App Store to reinstall applications he purchased there and see a list of other applications that he had installed outside of the App Store.”

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  • xinu

    Hmm, sounds good, but it doesnt really keep any files if you have to re-install your software. It will probably keep a backup of your My Documents folder, which I never use. Another solution which I commonly used is to create two partitions, one for windows and one for your documents and software, when the need to restore windows came along, you would just format the drive containing windows and reinstall the os, and surprise, all software and documents remained untouched.

  • phillip e

    what if the virus is not in a windows files? i keep all downloads in a file outside the windows in case i hqave to reinstall OS.  its a good start ms, keep going

  • Saeed Kheiree

    Its a good start and big step for microsoft