Restoring a Windows installation might probably send shivers down the spine of many because of the long wait times associated with the process. We certainly share your pain as well.
Thankfully, the restoration process on Windows 8 is a very speedy affair that could only take a matter of minutes as we found from a demonstration with Bill Karagounis, Microsoft’s Windows 8 Principle Group Program Manager. “Refresh” and “Reset” are the two new terms associated with system restoration in the new Windows.
Using a Samsung Slate PC running on an SSD drive, a system refresh took just over two minutes, while a system reset took a little over three minutes! We don’t recall when was the last time a modern application installed faster than those timings, let alone a complete OS restore. Of course, timings will vary with a much older system and using a hard disk drive, but on the whole, the process should be speedier than before. The following are some snapshots of the Refresh/Reset process:-