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#1 Plumber

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 01:44 PM

I recently bought an Asus desktop with windows 8 installed.I noticed that in general settings on windows 8 you can reset the puter back to when you bought it.From what I understand it's a feature that all windows 8 OS have.Here is my question:According to my manual from Asus I can reboot and hit F9 which will bring me back to original settings when I bought it.What is the difference between that or using the general settings in windows 8.As foolish as it may sound will either method bring me back to day one.Hope I explained it right,thanx,Tony.



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 02:19 PM

There are some other options.

 

From our Windows 8 Tutorials

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/create-usb-recovery-drive-in-windows-8/

Windows 8 has the ability to create a bootable USB flash recovery drive that can be used to troubleshoot a Windows 8 computer that is unable to start.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/create-custom-refresh-image-in-windows-8/

Windows 8 has the ability to reset your installation to factory defaults or to refresh your installation while retaining your data and settings. By default, when you perform a refresh in Windows 8, the operating system will restore Windows back to a fresh state where you retain your personal data and settings, but will have to install all of your applications again. If you have installed a lot of applications, or do not have all the necessary installation disks, it can be an annoying and lengthy task to get your computer back up and running. This is where a new and useful feature saves the day. A program called recimg.exe allows you to create a custom refresh image that you can set to be used when you perform a refresh in Windows 8.

Here is One I use: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/start-menu-in-windows-8-with-classic-shell/

Windows 8 no longer includes the traditional Start Menu that Windows users have become associated with using. ... With this in mind, a free program called Classic Shell has been updated to support the ability to add a Start Menu to Windows 8.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/http-wwwbleepingcomputercom-tutorials-automatically-repair-windows-8-with-automatic-repair-/

Windows 8 includes a recovery feature called Automatic Repair that attempts to automatically diagnose and fix common issues that may cause Windows 8 to not start properly.

And others in Our tutorial section.

 

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 02:55 PM

Thank-you for the quick reply,a lot of good tutorials,will save them.Kinda didn't answer my question though.If I want to back to day one for any reason,will the two methods I described work with the same results.



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 03:09 PM

Sorry, I got sidetracked. From here, Reset and refresh. For what it's worth I have used Both Reset and refresh in Windows 8 and they did work. I bought a open Box Computer and wanted to be sure.

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/restore-refresh-reset-pc

To refresh your PC
  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Under PC settings, tap or click General.

  3. Under Refresh your PC without affecting your files, tap or click Get started.

  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.

Remove everything and reinstall Windows

If you want to recycle your PC, give it away, or start over with it, you can reset it completely.

 

Since the manual says F9 then that should work.

However That will not protect You against a defective hard drive. That was why I suggested creating a custom refresh image.

 

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 03:18 PM

Thank-you,that answered my question,and yes I have already created a custom image.Your kind help is much

appreciated,Tony.






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