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    System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8

    System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8
    How to Boot to "System Recovery Options" in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    How to Boot to "System Recovery Options" in Windows 8 and 8.1

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    This will show you how to boot to the System Recovery Options options screen to be able to refresh Windows 8, reset Windows 8, do a system restore, do a system image recovery, do a automatic repair, open a command prompt at boot, or open Advanced Boot Options to help in the recovery of Windows 8.





    OPTION ONE
    Boot to "System Recovery Options" using "Startup Options"

    1. Boot to the Startup Options Menu, and click/tap on Troubleshoot. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You will only see the Use another operating system option if you are mutli booting Windows, or added Safe Mode to the Windows Boot Manager.

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    2. From here, select the recovery option in Troubleshoot or Advanced options that you would like to do at boot. (see screenshots below)

    Refresh your PC (Troubleshoot)

    Reset your PC (Troubleshoot)

    System Restore (Advanced options)

    System Image Recovery (Advanced options)

    Automatic Repair (Advanced options)

    Command Prompt (Advanced options)

    UEFI Firmware Settings (Advanced options)
    NOTE: If your motherboard has UEFI, then you will have also have this option available in Advanced options. Check your manufacturer's uEFI BIOS manual for available settings in it.


    Windows Startup Settings (Advanced options)
    NOTE: You will not have this option if you booted from a system repair disc or recovery USB flash drive.



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    OPTION TWO
    To Open "Recovery" Options in Control Panel


    1.
    While logged in to an administrator account in Windows 8, insert or connect your Windows 8 installation DVD or USB thumb drive, or ISO file if in a virtual machine.


    2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Recovery icon. (see screenshot below)

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    3.
    From here, select the recovery option that you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: If you click/tap on the If you're experiencing problems with your PC, you can refresh in PC settings. link, then you will be taken to step 4 in OPTION THREE below.


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    OPTION THREE
    To Open "Recovery" Options in PC settings

    1. Open PC settings, and do step 2 or 3 below for the Windows 8 you have installed.


    2. If you have Windows 8 or Windows RT, then click/tap on General on the left side, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    3. If you have Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, then click/tap on Update & recovery on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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    A) On the left side, click/tap on Recovery, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. On the right side, click/tap on the recovery option that you would like to do. (see screenshots below step 2 and 3A)

    Refresh your PC (Refresh your PC without affecting your files)

    Reset your PC (Remove everything and reinstall Windows)

    Advanced startup




    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Nicely done
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    On a physical machine, F8 works as usual.
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    Hello Bill,

    Yeppers.
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    Nice one, Shawn.
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    Nice tutorial Shawn.
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    Indeed, very nice, Shawn.

    As an aside, how do y'all get screen caps of the booting process?
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    Well, I went into options and changed the boot order to favor Win 7 and now I can't get back the Win 8 OS selection screen. Any ideas?
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    Hello Mike,

    You should be able to boot from your Windows 8 installation media into the recovery options to do a "automatic repair" (startup repair) on Windows 8 if it's listed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Mike,

    You should be able to boot from your Windows 8 installation media into the recovery options to do a "automatic repair" (startup repair) on Windows 8 if it's listed.
    Yeah, I tried that. I received the message there was nothing to repair. I could even change the default OS selection using F8 but, even afterward, I still get the old OS choice (a la Win 7) screen.

    Mind you, I can still boot either OS (Win7 Ultimate x64 or Win 8 DP 8102 x64) but I am now stuck with the old OS choice screen after changing the default selection via the Win 8 options choice.

    In the end, I suppose, it's not a big deal but I really liked the Win 8 OS choice screen.
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