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Can I use recovery USB drive to reset win 8.1

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    Can I use recovery USB drive to reset win 8.1

    System: Toshiba C55, i3, 6 Gb mem, Win 8.1 x64 OEM
    Hello all, I have been struggling w/ a very slow boot up time that just started happening. I have gone through alot to try and isolate the problem to no avail. I did have an issue with check dsk in safe mode that said it found errors but was unable to see any specifics in event log as it said event log service was unavailable. I disabled start up progs and apps still a problem, SFC did not find any problems, tried bootrec scenario to no avail. I cannot seem to find the culprit-driving me mad. I created a recovery USB drive when I first got the laptop and was wondering if I could do a system restore with that or do a system reset. System is fine when booted but hate waiting for the boot plus there is obviously something ill going on. Also a little concerned with the chk dsk error report in safe mode-no error found in normal boot. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also has anyone used Ontrack prog to assess hard drive health.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Yes, that is what a USB recovery drive is for. Thing is, it will take you back to day one when you made it if you do a complete restore. Even with refresh you will lose some user installed programs. Back up any data you don't want to lose.

    Could run a chkdsk /r from elevated command prompt. Reboot and it will take some time to complete. Could also download the drive manufacturers utility to check/repair the drive. At least you'll feel better about the drive itself before going on to something more serious.
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    You could download Windows 8.1 and create a flash drive to install from instead.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    See this tip at the end of Option One:

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