How to access the Advanced Startup Options menu in Windows 8By Lawrence Abrams on October 23, 2012 | Last Updated: December 11, 2012 | Read 76,313 times.
The Advanced startup options menu allows you to specify various options for how you would like Windows 8 to start or to provide access to repair and diagnostic tools in the event that Windows is unable to start. In previous versions of Windows you were able to access the advanced startup options menu by clicking on the F8 key when Windows started. In Windows 8, though, they removed this capability in order to offer a faster boot experience. Due to this you need to access the advanced startup options menu through a different method that is described below.
To restart your computer into the Advanced startup options menu please go to the Windows 8 Start Screen and type Advanced. When the search results appear click on the Settings category as shown below.
Now click on the option labeled Advanced startup options and you will be brought to the General PC Settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom until you see an option labeled Advanced startup.
Click on the Restart now button and Windows 8 will restart your computer and go directly into the Advanced Startup options menu.
On this screen are a various options that you can click on with your mouse that changes how Windows will start. The possible options are:
When you click on the Troubleshoot menu option, you will be shown another menu screen that provides repair and troubleshooting options for Windows 8.
The Refresh your PC option performs a reinstall of Windows 8 so that it is a brand new install without the loss of any of your data. For a complete tutorial on how to use this option, please see this guide:
The Reset your PC option performs a format of your hard drive and then an install of Windows 8. This option will delete all the data on your drive, so it should not be used unless your data is completely backed up. A guide on how to reset Windows 8, can be found here:
The last option is called Advanced options, which opens the Advanced repair options, otherwise known as the Windows 8 Recovery Environment. The options in this menu provide you with a variety of tools that can help you resolve problems in Windows 8 in the event that you cannot boot your computer properly.
The options in this menu are strictly for repair, diagnostic, and recovery of Windows 8. These options are described below:
To select one of these options simply left-click on them with your mouse.
If you have any questions about this process, please ask in the Windows 8 Forum.
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