Windows 8 System Reset feature screenshot leaks

By Tom Warren, on 28th Mar 11 2:45 pm with 18 Comments

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.

Windows 8 System Reset

  • Sunny Singh

    I assume this can be used to remove bloatware? If so, props to Microsoft.

    • Carlos

      That would be awesome but the article does say “reset their systems to original OEM factory settings” so I’m guessing not…

    • Tonious

      Screenshot says, “Restore to ORIGINAL factory settings”.
      What has OEMs got to do with this? You’re making a neg. comment just for the sake of it!

    • Frylockns86

      Meaning, it will most likey restore to the condition it was in when it shipped from the factory. Bloatware and all.

    • Jeff M.

      Agreed.. It’s more of a function to remove malware; “oh no, Microsoft antivirus 2011 says my machine is infected” –*click*– “Welcome to your trial use of Norton”… Either way you still lose..

      Lets face it, a *real* improvement to the Windows OS would be something like, oh I dunno, quit using DLL files? or how about plugging the hole that allows malware in? Then there’s the ActiveX bit.. oh, and les not forget windows “updates” that turn around and hose drivers; killing hardware, and costing YOU (the consumer) more time, and money to get it fixed…. I wonder, how can you access this tool, when you can’t load your OS? — Smooth Microsoft, Smooth.

    • CoolioJoe

      Stop using DLL’s. hehe hilarious – it’d be awesome having to re-program, re-compile and re-distribute the same bit of code over and over again instead of just using a library. “The Hole” that let’s malware in – perhaps you can point out that hole to MS? No driver will ‘kill hardware’ unless the hardware is suspect to begin with. “result = myDriver.meltCopper();”

  • GP007

    A bit late on this newsbit no? Well, anyways, this is a good feature for those who run into a big enough system problem that they would have otherwise reinstalled windows to fix/get rid of.

  • Adamvmlv

    This will be a timesaver in the cases where nothing else will fix a problem. The rare times I’ve been in that situation system restore did well. Glad that Mosh thing is just an option. I do not care for it on WP 7 and i sure do not want tiles on the displays of my PC. If it were the new UI I’d either stay on Win 7 or switch to Linux.

    • Anonymous

      so innovation has to stay stale cause you believe we should stick to an old UI? no wonder things don’t advance as fast as they should.

    • Anonymous

      Old UI? Have you seen a Mac lately? It even uses the same old desktop and menu bar since … Lisa!

      Microsoft would be really stupid to change the UI of Windows 8 dramatically. They will continue to improve it, sure. And they will introduce a simpler UI for tablets. Windows 7′s popularity shows that the users are happy with the UI as it is.

      It could be a bit smarter, for instance the columns in Explorer should re-size automatically. And all those control panel windows should be unified into the new layout.

  • Anonymous

    Isnt this the same as system restore and advanced recovery methods?

  • Guest

    Clearly they want to use this OS as a gadget/phone os so they got to have a Reset button.

  • Ericjonesdotcom

    You keep showing these screen shots of Windows 8 but they are wrong. When Microsoft showed Windows 8 running on ARM the UI looked like Windows 7. Steve and the gang told the press to ignore the Windows 7 looking UI because it will not look like this. So WinRum, why do you keep showing images of Windows 8 with the Windows 7 UI, this is not special or informative, find Windows 8 with the new Windows 8 UI.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe there isn’t a Windows 8 with a Windows 8 UI yet?

    • Adam Haider

      If you have used the Vista or 7 RC and Beta versions, you’ll know Microsoft tends to do a lot of beta testing when it comes to features. What you see in these screenshots are merely test builds of what could be included in the final release. They release these images because it’s useful to see how the OS develops in order to speculate what Microsoft has planned for it

  • Anonymous

    Does nobody remember that we have seen this exact feature in pre-beta builds of Windows 7?

  • Josh

    Wouldn’t it be better if they simply allowed “In place upgrade” or repair installations which allow you to keep your data nad programs intact EVEN IF THE PC WONT BOOT INTO WINDOWS, as was possible in XP and prior versions?

    This is a giant step backward.

  • Fred

    I’ve read up on the advanced features being added to the Windows Imaging technology.

    It’s simply a process whereby when the reset feature is invoked a differential image is applied to the system (a new feature of the WIM system) and all changes since that point are removed. essentially it’s like re-imaging without the WIM. You already have any old system files etc stored in your system anyway (even in Windows7) so they can be re-instated at any point by a process designed to use them.

    One of the benefits is the speed at which the reset should take place (sub 5 minutes on a good system) with no need for a hidden restore drivepartition, boot disk etc. to make the feature work.

    One comparison is a VMWare restore point.