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How do i reset my windows 8 to an earlier time?


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#1 computerfunguy

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 11:59 AM

I am so new to windows 8.   In the past, lol, when a laptop was having problems, you could start it up, and then hit on of the "f" keys to get to the menue where it would give you the option to do a recovery OR put the machine back to the factory setting how it cam out of the box.   How do you do this with windows 8?  I have an hp 2000 vision amd with windows 8.  thats all it says on the laptop?  no other info.  no model number?    

 

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:17 PM

Hi, Try either of these

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-perform-a-clean-install-of-windows-8/

 

This new feature will allow you to erase your data by overwriting it numerous times with random patterns that make it very hard to recover any information off of your hard drive. Once the data is removed, it will format your hard drive and install Windows 8 onto it. When the process is finished, you will be left with a computer that is set to how it was when Windows was first installed.

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http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/reinstall-windows-8-using-refresh-your-pc/

 

Windows 8 introduces a new feature called Refresh your PC that allows you to reinstall your computer while at the same time preserving your data, preferences, and Windows Store apps. This allows you to perform a very easy and automated clean install of Windows 8 while not having to backup your data.

 

The second option is less destructive and should leave Your data intact. Backup to be safe.

 

Good Luck

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#3 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:24 PM

Hi

 

Factory restore sequence is different for each manufacturer. Generally HP notebooks can be restored by following the below steps.

 

1. Press Esc during powering on to bring Startup menu.

 

2. Press F11 to start the recovery wizard.

 

You should check and verify the steps as a future reference. You can quit the restore wizard without actually doing the restore.

 

Since the restore function uses a factory restore image stored on a hidden recovery partition, you won't be able to restore OS if the HDD failed. So make sure to create a Recovery DVD set as soon as possible as per the below guide.

 

 

 

Also i highly recommend to keep a backup copy of all your data on an external USB drive as an insurance. 



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 05:52 PM

...to get to the menue where it would give you the option to do a recovery OR put the machine back to the factory setting how it cam out of the box.   How do you do this with windows 8?

Please read this tutorial:  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/advanced-startup-options-menu-in-windows-8/



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Posted 13 April 2014 - 06:00 PM

 In the past, lol, when a laptop was having problems, you could start it up, and then hit on of the "f" keys to get to the menue where it would give you the option to do a recovery OR put the machine back to the factory setting how it cam out of the box.

Hi, I believe you were referring to the F8 key?  It is not enabled by default in Windows 8, however, I came across this tutorial which provides a way to enable it: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/enable-the-f8-key-in-windows-8/






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