Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2012 10:06 UTC
Windows And so the smartphonification of the general purpose computer continues. This time around, though, it might actually be for the better. Microsoft has detailed two new features in Windows 8: refreshing and resetting your computer. Reinstalls will be a thing of the past.
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"MS already allows computers to be sold without any media just images on the harddrive."

"Now this could be the next level of great this is cool for malware writers. Get past MS repair system and basically infect the system for ever."

I've already found malware on the windows recovery partitions which allowed it to survive a format & reinstall of the main partition.

I still think a "factory reset" feature is a good feature to have, but it's very lame that manufacturers require us to purchase CD/DVD media separately. It ought to be included, even if only because the hard drive could fail.

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