A new post on the Building Windows 8 blog details the new recovery options that will be available in Windows 8 — Refresh and Reset.
Tip: If you are looking for a tutorial, read this: How to reset Windows 8 to factory default
Microsoft Talk About How To Reset And Refresh Windows 8
Desmond Lee from Microsoft authored a new post on the Building Windows 8 blog about the brand new recovery options called Reset and Refresh. Both are essentially restoring features that work to various degrees to roll back your system to a stable and non-infected configuration. These are going to be built in features inside Windows so you don’t have to rely on third party options.
These functions are similar to what is built into almost every phone and the restore the system to a pre-configured state similar to a ‘factory reset’ on your phone. Both the functions can be accessed through the Control Panel or the Pre-Boot recovery functions. They can also be used through a bootable USB drive specially made for the purpose if your computer is in a too sorry a state to use even the pre-boot functions.
The Reset option is a complete system wipe with the option to secure erase your storage media. Secure erase not only wipes out the data but also writes random digits on top of its so it cannot be recovered using recovery tools. This is a common option in third party tools but missing in current Windows versions.
The Refresh option is a bit more lenient. It allows you to retain some of your Apps (only Metro Apps though) and it can be user defined. So even if your system came with a lot of bloatware, you can uninstall them and define a clean state as your point of recovery. You wouldn’t even need a set up disc for this — a problem that is currently faced with restoring Windows. You can even preserve Bitlocker settings, Network configurations, personalizations, etc. — those smaller details that are pain to redo after a complete roll back.