Hi, I have found that using Windows Restore can save you a LOT of grief with a new computer.
I have had my new Toshiba about two months and had to Refresh it 3 times. All because I just loaded everything into it that I had on my old 32 bit machine! Which caused a lot of problems.
BUT, now I am using Restore. Installing maybe three of my previous programs into Windows 8.1, letting it work for a few days then setting my own Restore point. (Windows sets them itself, and dates them too), but when everything is operating smoothly, I set my own and name it, like MASX REstore#3, so I can recognize it easily.
This way, I KNOW everything up to that Restore point was running well, and I need only to go back a few hours or days to correct it. And I only lose the programs installed after that Restore point and am able to see what is suspected of causing problems.
I am up to REstore point #11 and it hasn't been too much trouble, compared to the rush headlong into it thing I WAS doing and having to Refresh.
And since taking out Norton and Google Chrome, ten days ago, I have not had ONE freeze up and I was getting them regularly and had to shut down with the on/off button! Not good. Using the Restore allowed me to pinpoint Chrome as the culprit.
Anyone agree or disagree?
Toshiba Satellite S50D, 2.4Ghz, A10 quad core, 8Gb RAM, Terabyte HD.