Microsoft is currently building a system reset feature into Windows 8.
The feature will allow end users to reset their systems to original OEM factory settings. Microsoft is building the feature as an option for businesses and end users to take advantage of. OEMs and system builds will be able to provide a set of default Windows settings that are restored when a user triggers the option.
The system reset feature will be particularly useful in reducing support costs for those affecting by system performance issues or malware. Rumors suggest that systems will be able to reset in minutes after the reset.
A screenshot of the feature was revealed at the weekend by Win7China. WinRumors understands that the feature will activate using a separate partition of the Windows 8 install, reserved for servicing and support. The feature will effectively perform a quick format of the install partition and then copy over a base build of Windows 8 with various OEM configuration options.
Microsoft is currently compiling Milestone 3 builds of Windows 8. The software giant recent compiled 6.2.7968.0.winmain_win8m3.110318-1830 and is expected to be readying a Windows 8 beta for September. Microsoft’s primary Windows 8 interface is believed to be fully 3D. The interface will be “fully dynamic” and able to adapt to user habits. Icons and shortcuts will adapt to different usage scenarios to speed up daily tasks. Windows 8 is also rumored to include a new fast hibernation system. The system will hibernate in around three to six seconds and save all open documents and running tasks. Rumors suggest that Microsoft will create a dual-UI for Windows 8. A tile-based user interface codenamed “Mosh” will reportedly be included.
Microsoft has so far been extremely quiet on the Windows 8 front. Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January to introduce a technology preview of Microsoft’s Windows ARM support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices.