Quote: "Reinstalling windows without formatting just moves everything to windows.old "
not talking about Boot Reinstall, s
he is talking about the two Refresh options in Windows 8 not Windows 7...
Refresh with keeping files as far as I remember, best to keep important files inside Documents, Photos etc. folders... Cannot remember if it will also clear custom folders in C drive such as C:\Custom Folder
But yes, it does keep those files...
But still best to backup everything
anything could happen during the refresh...
Have you not got USB 3 or similar speedy tech?
EB is a Female right?
My bad... corrected above...