Unfortunately due to some issues I had with WiFi on WP 8.1 Developer Preview (where my Lumia 1520 absolutely refused to connect to my homes WiFi out of the blue- it literally disconnected then refused to connect again), and after trying the usual numerous reboots and soft resets I still couldn’t get it to work; thus I was forced to do a hard reset. Thankfully the new restore process on WP 8.1 is a bit more useful remembering pretty much all my settings including my Home Screen wallpaper and tile arrangements (although admittedly I couldn’t find any apps that utilized the new backup features, as I was forced to sign in/start over in all my apps or games).
Pretty awesome. When restoring your phone live tiles act as a progress bar for the install status. pic.twitter.com/WXnxpbBQM6
— Ali Al-Qudsi (@AliQudsi) July 8, 2014
However a pleasant surprise was the fact that the live tiles that you previously had pinned on the home screen before the hard reset will now act as progress bars for their own re-install. Notice the Whatsapp tile above which is 3/4th shaded, and the Messenger tile which is completely dark. As the install progresses the live tile runs with it, allowing you to tell when your app is ready to use at a glance.
Just a little feature that made my whole restore process a little more bearable, and a nice touch by Microsoft.