Personally i would suggest that if you need to reinstall you might be better using system image recovery. If you made system images before the start of whatever problem you faced that has meant you must reinstall to fix it then you could restart your computer and go through troubleshoot and advanced options to the one to use a system image. Then plug in an external drive with an image on it and use the wizard which has opened to restore the computer to the state it was in when the image was made. This way you don't have to once again go through any of the bother (uninstalling bloatware, putting windows setting how you like them, reinstalling programs you use, setting program defaults to avoid having pdf files and images open in that crappy metro interface,etc,etc,etc) you suffered when setting up the computer first time around.
As long as the image is free of viruses, crapware, dodgy settings or damaged system files then reinstalling from it is as good (or more often better) than reinstalling fully fresh. Don't bother the "reset" "refresh" or "system restore" recovery options though as thye have a habit of not working on some computers.
Edited by rp88, 31 December 2014 - 06:22 PM.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB