Repair broken PCs
Windows 8 has new start-up troubleshooting options for resetting or repairing a PC, triggered by holding down the Windows button on boot, or through Control Panel. An option called “Refresh your PC” performs a kind of in-place reinstall while preserving data and settings. “Reset your PC” removes all user data and resets to a clean Windows install. Other options include System Restore, and System Image Recovery which recovers using a system image you supply. While some organisations already have tools for re-imaging PCs, this is not always the case, and for these users the new tools will save time and effort.
Microsoft has released the first developer preview of Windows 8, the next version of Windows, at its BUILD conference in Anaheim, California. Tim Anderson looks at the highlights and picks out some of the new features that will be relevant for corporate users of the operating system.