In the BUILD keynote, Steve Sinofsky talked about the refresh and reset capabilities in Windows 8.

He noted that if you do a refresh, your data and your Metro style apps remain untouched, but you lose any classic desktop apps you've installed. However he also said there would be a tool to 're-baseline' your PC so that the refresh would return it to that point - and presumably that would include any classic desktop apps installed at the time of baseline.

So, my question is: has anyone found this baselining utility yet? I suspect it may be rolled into dism.exe but I have yet to find the magic formula.

This question is not answered in the BUILD conference video: Understanding Push Button Reset. I have googled and binged fairly exhaustively ... so far, no specific answers to be found.

  • re-tagged this as windows-8-preview since i suspect in the actual OS, if the baseliner is released, it should not require digging.
    – Journeyman Geek
    Sep 26, 2011 at 5:54
  • I suspect it isn't there as I have not seen this since installing Win8. But then again, I haven't been looking hard.
    – surfasb
    Sep 26, 2011 at 13:04

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  • Thank you. But it fails for me. I guess this really is a pre-beta.
    – user4197
    Sep 27, 2011 at 1:38

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